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Program #3001: Viva Las Vegas! *Season Premiere*

Saturday, April 2, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

The 30th anniversary season of The Victory Garden hits it big during this trip to sunny Las Vegas, where the team tackles dry-weather gardening ideas.

Garden Basic: Michael Weishan receives an introduction to palms for ALL climates from author David Francko (Palms Won't Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm-Climate Plants for Cooler Areas).
Edible Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers visits Nutri-Gardens, a hydroponic farm, with owner Garth Oakey.
Green Cuisine: Sissy joins Chef Jaques Van Staden at Mistral at the Las Vegas Hilton, who makes magic with fresh herbs.
Weekend Project: Michael shares tips for planting succulent wreaths.
The Victory Garden: In honor of our 30th anniversary, we peek back at original host James Crockett's garden.

 

Program #3002: Indoor Displays

Saturday, April 9, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

The Victory Garden helps celebrate the art of indoor gardening, a growing trend for city dwellers and suburbanites alike.

Ask Michael: Michael Weishan answers a viewer's question: "Which palms can work indoors as container plants?"
Cutting Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers visits the Green Valley Ranch (home of Discovery Channel's "American Casino") in Las Vegas to share tips for home arranging for drama with floral designer Hadley Han.
Tried & True: Garden correspondent Paul Epsom kicks off this new segment with tried and true techniques for caring for houseplants.
Gardenless Gardener: Michael is back to introduce this brand new segment, beginning with a primer on African Violets.
Garden Basic: Paul introduces viewers to a variety of grow lights.

 

Program #3003: No Water? No Worries!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

No water? No worries! The Victory Garden shares tips and best bets for smart drought-tolerant gardening.

Inspired Garden: Michael Weishan visits Las Vegas Water District's Springs Preserve for tips on water-wise gardening.
Best Bets: Special gardening correspondent Jamie Durie shares his favorites for dry areas at Huntington Botanic Garden in California.
Edible Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers and Kip meet up in the greenhouse for a primer on seed starting and seedling maintenance.
Green Cuisine: Michael joins chef Jasper White for a delicious recipe of spinach and beets.
Garden Basic: Kip shares his tips for efficient watering.

 

Program #3004: Undercover

Saturday, April 23, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

The Victory Garden tackles the evergreen issue of groundcovers, helping unearth the best choices for your garden.

Digging Deeper: Michael Weishan explores lawn types and other groundcovers for dry climates at the Las Vegas Water Authority with guest Linn Mills.
Garden Basic: Gardener Kip Anderson joins Michael to review the many types of mulch and where they belong in the garden.
Edible Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers and Kip meet up in the greenhouse to discuss the how-to of seedlings.
Green Cuisine: Sissy heads to the kitchen to whip up a delicious dish featuring eggplant.
Ask Michael: Michael responds to a viewer's inquiry about the best groundcovers for shade.

 

Program #3005: Victory Garden Weekend Projects

Saturday, April 30, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

The Victory Garden shares weekend project ideas to help get the most out of any garden.

Weekend Project: Garden correspondent Paul Epsom and gardener Kip Anderson show how to build and utilize a moveable trellis.
Weekend Project: Michael Weishan shares projects that will attract birds in the garden.
Weekend Project: Paul gives viewers tips on making an "antique stone" trough for the garden.
Weekend Project: Michel demonstrates how to create a practical and easy rosemary topiary.
Weekend Project: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers gives the inside scoop on drying herbs.

 

Program #3006: Evergreens and Others

Saturday, May 7, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Tried & True: Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom finds a shortcut to creating a "bonsai" scene — he uses dwarf conifers.
Garden Design: Michael Weishan heads to Bilodeaus's tree nursery in Boxborough, Massachusetts to show viewers why the perfect time to choose a tree for your garden is when it's in bloom.
Cutting Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers goes behind the scenes at a large floral design studio in Boston, Winston's Flowers. There she learns how some very creative types of greens found in any garden — from scented geranium to bamboo to hosta leaves — can enhance an arrangement.
Digging Deeper: Special guest correspondent Jamie Durie examines the art of Japanese pruning.

 

Program #3007: Defining Spaces

Saturday, May 21, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Garden Basic: Michael Weishan demonstrates ways to overcome the challenges of roadside planting.
Digging Deeper: Garden rooms are more popular and stylish than ever; special guest correspondent Jamie Durie shows us why.
Edible Gardens: Gardener Kip Anderson shares his tips on growing onions, without shedding any tears!
Green Cuisine: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers heads to the kitchen with Chef Mary Ann Esposito, host of PBS' "Ciao Italia," to create a zuppa di cipolle di Toscano — a divine Tuscan onion soup.

 

Program #3008: History Repeats Itself

Saturday, May 28, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Inspired Garden: Michael Weishan visits two historic homes in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to demonstrate harmony in design between home and garden.
Tried & True: Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom discusses old wives' tales, modern day applications, and other time-honored processes for saving seeds and planting.
Best Bets: Michael visits a nursery to learn about popular heirloom varieties.
Cutting Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers teams up with Winston's Flowers floral designer Victoria Samuels to create beautiful arrangements with classic roses.

 

Program #3009: City Gardens I

Saturday, June 4, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Garden Design: Michael Weishan visits a New York City rooftop garden to learn how to add design style to any urban dwelling.
Green Cuisine: Sissy meets Chef Michael Ayoub of Brooklyn's Fornino to create a delicacy with ingredients fresh from his restaurant's greenhouse.
Gardenless Gardener: Michael visits a home garden in New York that demonstrates terrific use of space.
Inspired Garden: Michael visits the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to learn more about their spectacular collection of cherry specimens.

 

Program #3010: City Gardens II

Saturday, June 18, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Garden Design: Special guest correspondent Jamie Durie visits a city oasis at the top of the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Inspired Garden: Michael Weishan is back at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a look at the Osbourne Garden's Italianate style, finishing with its lilac collection in full bloom.
Garden Basic: Michael visits a terrific home and garden retail shop, Root Stock & Quade, to share facts about finding the best resources for urban gardeners.
Weekend Project: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers demonstrates how to create gorgeous city windowboxes that are ideal for any urbanite.

 

Program #3011: Made in the Shade

Saturday, June 25, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Garden Design: Michael Weishan and gardener Kip Anderson create a new shade garden at the Victory Garden.
Garden Basic: Michael visits the Boerner Botanic Garden in Milwaukee to check out hosta trial gardens with special guest "Hosta Bob."
Green Cuisine: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers visits Chef Hiroko Shimbo in her home kitchen for a lesson in creating "okonomiyaki," stuffed Japanese pancakes featuring cabbage.

 

Program #3012: Makeover Madness

Saturday, July 9, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Garden Design: The Victory Garden tackles its latest suburban project. Michael Weishan and gardener Kip Anderson survey the site of an exposed backyard desperate for a makeover with the goal of creating a warm and private living space for the homeowner.
Garden Design: Join Michael as he shops for the appropriate plants for the suburban project.
Edible Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers takes a field trip to the world-famous herb gardens at Gilberties in Westport, Connecticut.
Green Cuisine: Sissy returns to The Victory Garden kitchen, where she is joined by Patsy Jamieson of Eating Well Magazine. Together, they create fresh herb and summer vegetable recipes.

 

Program #3013: Color

Saturday, July 16, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Best Bets: Michael Weishan shares some of his favorite color palettes and combinations for any garden.
Garden Design: Gardener Kip Anderson joins Michael Weishan to redesign The Victory Garden's formal parterre, noting design and texture.
Edible Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers tours the garden of renowned Chef Michel Nischan, who shares his tips on gardening and growing.
Green Cuisine: Sissy and Chef Nischan create a special recipe with treasures direct from the Chef's garden.

 

Program #3014: Great Combinations

Saturday, July 23, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Garden Design: The Victory Garden's suburban project is finally completed! Join Michael Weishan as he visits the backyard, which has been transformed from a frumpy and exposed landscape into a private and chic living space.
Tried & True: Correspondent Paul Epsom explores Pennsylvania for more age-old gardening tips to test and share.
Inspired Garden: The Victory Garden explores classic flower and plant combinations that can fit any garden, big or small.
Edible Gardens: Chef Michel Nischan shares recipes for cool and flavorful soups, one of the biggest trends of the summer season.

 

Program #3015: Green Cuisine — The Victory Garden Cooks!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

As a special treat to our viewers, The Victory Garden presents a unique episode chock-full of our best Green Cuisine segments. Old friends of the garden and new special guests, such as Chef Mary Ann Esposito, share cooking tips and recipes that complement the very best from the backyard. Who knew that bringing the garden to the table could be so enjoyable, or delicious!

 

Program #3016: Transitions

Saturday, September 10, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Inspired Garden: Join Michael Weishan as he tours a garden in Brimfield, Massachusetts, where the gardener has completely transformed her landscape with a rill and beautiful borders.
Tried and True: The Victory Garden crew visits Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, where gardening correspondent Paul Epsom transforms a bare path with steppable plants.
Weekend Project: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers visits a former garage turned into a beautiful potting shed that any gardener would love — and gets creative with garden craft by making simple and elegant "moss balls."
The Victory Garden's 30th Anniversary: Join special guest Holly Shimizu as she visits the personal garden of artist Stephen Huyler in Maine, which features a series of garden rooms — all of which sprung from within a very plain suburban backyard.

 

Program #3017: Perennial Favorites

Saturday, September 17, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Best Bets: Michael Weishan and special guest plantsman and Victory Garden veteran Adrian Bloom visit Russell's Nursery in Wayland, Massachusetts, to discuss new perennial introductions.
Tried and True: Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom is back to share his technique on properly dividing perennials to stretch a dollar in your garden.
Edible Gardens: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers visits The Food Project in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where grower Elise LeClair shares the project's philosophy about creating a sustainable food mission — and shares some tips on growing peppers for the home gardener.
Green Cuisine: Special guest Chef Mary Ann Esposito visits The Victory Garden kitchen to create pepperoni ripieni sottosopra — delicious upside-down stuffed peppers!
Digging Deeper: Michael is back at Russell's Nursery to look at assorted perennial vines, and to demonstrate which vines work for different gardens.

 

Program #3018: On The Water

Saturday, September 24, 2005

12:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings)

Inspired Garden: Join Michael Weishan as he visits a magnificent garden on the water in Marblehead, Massachusetts that has been restored to its early 20th-century roots.
Best Bets: Join garden correspondent Paul Epsom at Seaside Daylily Farm on Martha's Vineyard to learn why daylilies are a perfect plant for those gardens near the water.
Green Cuisine: Lifestyle co-host Sissy Biggers saves her appetite for an afternoon at The Coach House restaurant in Martha's Vineyard, where Chef Ryan Hardy works with local farmers to create dishes using ingredients fresh from the land.
Digging Deeper: Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom visits the Chicama Vineyard in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, to learn more about viticulture and how the home gardener can successfully grow grapes.

Published August 31, 2007