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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2316
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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 displaying a blackberry bush 'Chester.' He prunes its long, fast-growing canes to encourage density.

Roger is at the new path garden showcasing arctotis venusta 'blue-eyed african daisy,' a tub with white water lily 'Dauben,' zinnia 'Envy' (lime green) next to matricaria 'White Wonder,' nicotania sylvestris 'flowering tobacco,' and white incarvillea sinensis 'Cheron' (from Tibet).

Lucinda Mays is in Atlanta, Georgia, at the private gardens of garden writer Lee May. His small garden spaces house ornamental rocks, water vessels, container plants, along with:

Mimosa Azaleas Bamboo (pruned often to keep intact) Weeping dogwood 'pendula' (in container) Japanese maples (in containers) Eastern hemlock (in container) Bonsai plants Pinus sp. Japanese painted fern Anise Chinaberry tree (in container) Peach tree (in container) Scotch broom (in container) 'Variegatum' ground cover Magnolia tree

When asked his best advise for a novice gardener, he suggests experimenting by "pushing limits and breaking the rules."

Roger Swain is back at the suburban garden near the mandevilla 'Alice du Pont.' It has not done well after being brought out from dormancy for two reasons. It was replanted into the ground too early in the season and it has received too much water this spring. The cool spring has forced it into a second dormancy. However, Roger tells us that now that the summer has warmed up, it will shoot up quickly and flower soon.

Roger is in the vegetable garden where the squash plants are covered with a light-weight row cover to prevent the squash vine bore. Once the plants flower, the cover will be removed. He displays zucchini 'Costata Romaneses' and 'Dividend' as well as summer squash 'Early Prolific Straightneck.'

Chef Marian creates Roasted Squash Salad:

Cut 4 squash and 1 red pepper into bite-sized pieces and toss with 8 cloves of garlic (previously boiled until tender) and 2 TB. olive oil. Place onto baking sheet and roast at 500° for 10 minutes (turning once).

Place roasted vegetables into bowl and while still warm and add 12 fresh basil leaves (sliced), 1 TB. balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss with 2 TB. toasted pine nuts and serve.

Roger closes with plant-of-the-week lilium longiflorum 'Mt. Everest' (better known as the Easter Lily).

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