Beginning April 1, Georgians will have a new TV gardening show created just for them.
The Georgia Gardener, which will air twice each week on Georgia Public Television, is a unique show to Georgia. It focuses just on Georgia and is designed for people who enjoy America's No. 1 leisure activity.
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is producing the show, in cooperation with GPTV and Peachtree Film Company.
The Georgia Gardener will debut on GPTV April 1 at 7:30 p.m. The show will air each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and repeat on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
"We hope the Georgia Gardener will be viewers' weekly gardening activity planner," said host Walter Reeves, a UGA horticulture educator.
Reeves is a familiar voice to many Atlantans. He's the host of WSB 750 AM's Lawn & Garden Show, the top-rated Atlanta radio show airs every Saturday morning from 7 to 10 a.m.
A frequent featured speaker on gardening, Reeves is a best-selling author and has appeared on Discovery Channel's Lynette Jennings Show.
"After answering questions on the radio for more than 10 years, I'll finally be able to show people how to do things that before I could only describe," he said.
Program for gardeners statewide
The Georgia Gardener will have something for gardeners across the state.
"Georgia has four growing zones and three completely different types of soil, which makes giving gardening advice a challenge," Reeves said. "This show will help people understand how to be successful within their zone and with their soil type."
The home garden for The Georgia Gardener is being built on the CAES Griffin campus. But the show won't stop there.
"We'll use the whole state as our garden," Reeves said. Most shows will take a road trip to see what's going on in Georgia gardening.
Drawing from a deep knowledge base
Reeves will draw on his heritage as a seventh- generation gardener and his 25 years with the UGA Extension Service.
He'll also tap the wealth of knowledge of the university. CAES researchers and extension scientists have the technical know-how and latest developments to make your garden a showplace.
"The Georgia Gardener show will be different from other gardening shows," Reeves said, "because it will be friendly, open, enthusiastic, yet down-to-earth."
The show will offer publications and a WWW site that will give more in-depth information about most segments of the show. To see what's coming on The Georgia Gardener, visit www.georgiagardener.com .
(Denise Horton is a contracted writer for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Programs.)