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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2309
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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

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Roger Swain opens in the woodland area of the suburban garden displaying white blossoms of viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Mariesii' and purple blossoms of hyacinthoides hispanica 'wood hyacinth.'

In the vegetable garden, he inspects the progress of peas 'Alderman' and 'Improved Laxton's Progress' (dwarf); he uses pea brush, or twigs, to provide some support.

Lucinda Mays is at the Atlanta Botanical Garden with Dr. Michael Dirr, Professor of Horticulture, who reveals his top ten ornamental woody plants:

Oak leaf hydrangea - hydrangea quercifolia (white/creamy flowers that last 4 - 6 weeks)

Sweet shrub - calycanthus floridus 'Athens' (green/yellow flowers)

Aesculus parviflora - bottlebrush buckeye (flowers in June)

Viburnum nudum (white flat-top flowers)

Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Atlantic White Cedar' 'Andelyensis' 'ssp. Henryae' 'Ericoides' Maine form Webb 2 form

Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. drupacea - Japanese plum yew (deer resistent)]

Ilex glabra - inkberry (hedge with no insects/no diseases)

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' - virginia sweet spire (long, white arching flowers)

Illicium parviflorum small anise

Fothergilla major 'Mount Airy' (honey scent)

He does NOT recommend: Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford', Chinese privet, and red-tipped photinia

Roger harvests radishes 'Crimson Giant' for Marian's next recipe.

Roger closes at the suburban driveway with plant-of-the-week, heat-loving, honey-scented gypsophila repens 'rosea.'



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