WGBH Openvault

Victory Garden; Victory Garden 2213

In house Backup Master

License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2213
Program Number


Series Description

Gardening program hosted by Jim Wilson and joined by Bob Smaus, Roger Swain, Lucinda Mays and Peter Seabrook as international travel correspondent. Series chef is Marion Morash. Special correspondent is Holly Shimizu. The Boston-based Victory Garden (w/ Roger Swain) is located at a private residence; Victory Garden South is at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia; Victory Garden West is at Roger's Garden Center in Corona del Mar, California. Original program: Crockett's Victory Garden - premiered April 6, 1976. Hosted by Jim Crockett. Second host Bob Thomson (for 12 years till 1991). Series release date: 1976

Program Description

Roger Swain opens at the suburban garden. On a shady northwest wall, he displays a 2-year old 'gold flame honeysuckle' vine which is in full bloom.

At the cottage garden, landscape contractor Roger Cook prunes the yew hedge at various levels to allow for greater sunlight. He and Roger Swain also prune the overgrown lilac 'President Grevy.' They remove large older stems, dead wood and side branches growing against the house.

They also repair a divot in the new lawn. They first spade the sunken area and then "peel" back the grass in a clump, not allowing the roots to be damaged. Underneath, they add plenty of peat-rich soil. Tamp soil back into place and water.

Lucinda Mays is in Atlanta, Georgia, at Great Gatsby's with owner Bob Slack. Together they tour the grounds which are packed with wonderful garden ornaments, wrought iron fences, outdoor furniture, statues, urns and other adornments, some of which are reproductions and others antiques. (Contact 1-800-GATSBYS)

Roger Swain takes us to the apple tree 'Liberty' (a disease-resistant variety) where he pinches back two of the smallest of a 3-apple cluster. There should be one fruit to every 8" of stem on the tree. He hangs a red croquet ball coated with a thin layer of insect trapping adhesive to trap flies that would otherwise attack the fruit. He suggests hanging two to three coated balls per fruit tree.

Chef Marian prepares turnips ('purple top') and watercress soup:

Peel and slice 2 lbs. of turnips. To a large pot, add 2 tbs. of butter and cook turnips for about 3 - 4 minutes. Add 6 cups of chicken broth, 1/4 c. raw rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook partially covered for 10 - 15 minutes. Add cress and cook another 2 - 3 minutes.

Puree in a food processor in small batches. Re-heat and serve.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “Victory Garden; Victory Garden 2213,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DB56EE55C50340FAB3EBBC2667B90956.
MLA: “Victory Garden; Victory Garden 2213.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DB56EE55C50340FAB3EBBC2667B90956>.
APA: Victory Garden; Victory Garden 2213. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DB56EE55C50340FAB3EBBC2667B90956
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.