volunteer gardener

‘Volunteer Gardener’ August in the Garden: Seed-Starting Tips

Posted by on August 13, 2019 at 10:14 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott August is a great time to start seedlings for next year’s blooms. You can start hardy annuals now, as well as perennials and biennials. You can even still plant some hybrid sunflowers that will bloom this fall! Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) There are two varieties, Jua Maya and Cherry Rose, touted as having […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ Summer in the Garden: How to Mend a Garden Hose

Posted by on July 8, 2019 at 9:49 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott The summer my son learned to use our big riding lawn mower, we began having to replace hoses on an almost weekly basis. Having mowing help was great, but it was starting to become expensive! We have almost an acre cultivated in cut flowers and every 5,000 square-foot bed is irrigated with […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ Spring in the Garden: Turning Lawns into Gardens

Posted by on May 14, 2019 at 11:04 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott Are you tired of mowing? Would you rather grow food and flowers than Bermuda grass? Well, you’re not alone! There are lots of folks out there doing just that. In fact, on my farm I have turned previously bulldozed, hard pan clay into lovely, friable, healthy soil. This time around I’ll cover […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ March in the Garden: Seed Starting 101

Posted by on March 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott A series of guest-written gardening blogs to inspire fans of NPT’s Volunteer Gardener and anyone looking for tips and ideas for happier, healthier gardens. March is when we start seeing signs that spring is near. It is when gardeners begin champing at the bit to get outside (if they weren’t already) and […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ February in the Garden: Tool Roundup

Posted by on February 22, 2019 at 11:26 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott A series of guest-written gardening blogs to inspire fans of NPT’s Volunteer Gardener and anyone looking for tips and ideas for happier, healthier gardens. February is an in between month: not really spring yet, but also not the depths of winter ‒ at least not here in the South with daffodils coming […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ tips for a head start on spring

Posted by on January 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott This is the first of a series of guest-written gardening blogs to inspire fans of NPT’s Volunteer Gardener and anyone looking for tips and ideas for happier, healthier gardens. January is named for the Roman god Janus, whose purview was beginnings, endings and the transitions between the two. That’s especially apt here […]

‘HomeGrown,’ a Volunteer Gardener Special, Premieres Aug. 10

Posted by on August 4, 2017 at 10:32 am

Here’s something to help your garden grow: A Volunteer Gardener special full of tips shared by experienced gardeners from across Tennessee. The 90-minute program premieres Thursday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. during our August Membership Campaign. Jeff Poppen and Annette Shrader host from Poppen’s Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs. The Aug. 10th […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ News: Season Premiere and Troy Marden Garden Tour

Posted by on March 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm

A new season of Volunteer Gardener starts Thursday, March 23, 2017 with a three-episode mini marathon beginning at 7:30 p.m. The first show, the season premiere, includes segments on urban gardening, annual beds, a terrarium tip and a delicious recipe from the garden. As a bonus, seven Volunteer Gardener hosts – Troy Marden, Jeff Poppen, […]

NPT Knows the Nashville Scene`s `Best of Nashville`

Posted by on October 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

The Nashville Scene‘s 2013 Best of Nashville issue is out,  a monster 236-page accounting from both the readers’ and writers’ perspective on the best people, places and things in our great city.  At NPT, we pride ourselves on being in tune with what’s happening in the city that we serve. We strive to be its […]

Barbara Mandrell on Volunteer Gardener

Posted by on July 24, 2009 at 12:47 pm
Mandrell with “Volunteer Gardener” host Troy Marden. Photo by Katherine Bomboy

On the heels of her induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Barbara Mandrell will appear on NPT’s Volunteer Gardener to support her latest project, the Nashville Music Garden. Located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Demonbreun (in the Hall of Fame Park just across the street from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center), the […]