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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2315
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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 under the pergola at the suburban garden displaying the wisteria vine (disease & insect resistant). Wisteria requires regular pruning (when dormant prune to two buds). He also prunes the Linden tree.

Dennis Collins, Curator of Plant Collections at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, shows Roger how to prune the young privet hedge (ligustrom, a tough, semi-evergreen) at the suburban garden. He prunes them by hand to allow light to reach the bottom of the young plants, aiding in fullness. (The tops of the privet plants should be more narrow than the bottom.) Electric shears are appropriate only after the hedge structure is well-established.

Holly Shimizu is at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, where she is the Managing Director. Highlights:

Violas 'Lemon Chiffon' and 'Purple Duet' Juniper topiaries Rosa 'William Buffin' Crape myrtle tree Amsonia 'blue star' Incense cedar Phlox 'Alpha' Geranium macrorrhizum (pale pink) Buddleia nivea shrub Golden chamaecyparis 'Crippsii' Blue atlas cedar (at wall) Iris 'Gulf Shores' Leucothoƫ 'sweet bells' Amelanchier trees Sarracenia flava 'pitcher plant' (catches mosquitoes) Pinus 'Gimborn's Pyramid'

Roger Swain is back at the vegetable garden at the potato patch. 'Red Gold' potatoes are mulched to prevent heat stress. To control the Colorado potato beetle, he applies Bacillus thuringiensis var. San Diego, to the young larvae.

Chef Marian prepares Green Beans and Savory:

Roger Swain closes with plant-of-the-week: water lily 'Virginalis.'

A. Hutchins July 1998

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