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Pruning, propagating projects on 'Gardening'

By Faith Peppers
University of Georgia

While most Americans are eating watermelon and marveling over fireworks, Georgia gardening guru Walter Reeves will be pruning freeze damage from his hydrangeas. Tune in to “Gardening In Georgia” to study his technique.

“April freeze damage gives us ample reason to lower the height of mop-head hydrangeas without affecting our non-existent blooms,” Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, said.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

On the show airing July 5 and 7 Reeves will also give tips on propagating woody shrubs like heirloom roses or camellias. There are many reasons to propagate woody plants, and Reeves will demonstrate easy techniques using household supplies.

Most gardens are designed with a view in mind. Whether it’s a simple gazing-ball focal point or a long path leading to another garden, a correctly planned view can make a big difference. Reeves joins garden designer Tara Dillard in her garden to learn how she designs garden axes.

"Gardening in Georgia" is coproduced by GPB and the UGA Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each show is geared to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.

The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. For more on "Gardening in Georgia," visit www.gardeningingeorgia.com.

(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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