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GPTV's 'Georgia Gardener' Shows 'Flowers That Fly'

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"Flowers that fly" are more than a fad. Georgians' fascination with butterfly gardening is growing every year.

On "The Georgia Gardener" Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, host Walter Reeves visits with University of Georgia horticulturist Paul Thomas to learn more about these fluttering gardens.

Thomas says butterflies must have two plants: one the caterpillars can eat and another whose flowers provide nectar for adults. He shows some of the best caterpillar plants. He points out some of the best for butterfly-feeding flowers, too, like Salvia guaranitica, Joe Pye weed, lantana and milkweed.

Steve Mitchell, curator of the annual and perennial garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, shares his favorite plants for a white garden in the South.

Reeves visits Mel Hall at the muscadine vineyard at the UGA Griffin campus, too, to get his insights on muscadines. Hall shares some fascinating facts about these Deep South delights.

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Don't miss "The Georgia Gardener" on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GPTV. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners.

"The Georgia Gardener" is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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