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Program #3401: Perennial Favorites * Season Premiere

October 3, 2009

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Host Jamie Durie kicks off The Victory Garden's 34th season on PBS with an exploration of the Huntington Botanical Gardens in California, and explains how to use the art of staging to put your plants in the spotlight. Then, gardening correspondent Paul Epsom takes a trip to the world famous New York Botanical Garden. This garden is home to more than a million plants—including those in the vibrant, artist-inspired perennial gardens. Paul takes the tour and offers up his perennial favorites from this amazing collection. Still have those green, hard-to-ripen tomatoes left in your garden? Use them up before the cooler weather sets in. Resident chef Michel Nischan shares a recipe for green tomatoes that you won't want to miss!


Program #3402: Inspired Gardens

October 10, 2009

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This week Victory Garden host Jamie Durie demonstrates how to create a dramatic bougainvillea espalier of your own, inspired by The Getty Museum in California. Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom takes us on a "seasonal walk" through the world-famous New York Botanical Garden to demonstrate how to maintain a low-maintenance seasonal border all year long. Finally resident chef Michel Nischan teams up with renowned Boston-based chef Barbara Lynch to dry vegetables for year-round use and stir them up into a hearty Italian summer Minestra—a flavorful soup that uses the garden to its best advantage.


Program #3403: Light Up Your Garden

October 17, 2009

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Host Jamie Durie visits the renowned Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA, to take a closer look at specimens that reflect light, absorb light, or bring light into your garden. Meanwhile, gardening correspondent, Paul Epsom is in New York City searching for a cleaner, greener Big Apple. The city is attempting to shrink its carbon footprint, and one of the ways it's succeeding in doing so is through the "Million Trees" initiative. The New York Restoration Project is behind this effort—and while it takes being out on the streets planting trees one at a time, it's starting to make a real difference. Finally, Chef Michel Nischan, will be on hand to take us from garden to table. This week he's creating a delicious, healthy "three sisters" succotash featuring beans, corn, and pumpkin.


Program #3404: Edible Gardens

October 24, 2009

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This week we're digging in and showing you how to prepare, grow and feast from a victory garden of your very own. Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom shares tips from New York's finest—the edible gardens at the New York Botanical Garden. We'll also learn the art of seed saving, a technique that will enable you to grow the best from the past—magnificent varieties of antique flowers and heirlooms vegetables. Host Jamie Durie will be in Sonoma California to tour the Cornerstone Festival of Gardens which features garden ideas form the worlds' leading architects. And Chef Michel Nischan talks potatoes in his "homegrown segment" offering up practical tips on how best to grow, cook, and eat them.


Program #3405: Urban Oasis

October 31, 2009

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We're going coast to coast on The Victory Garden today, starting with host Jamie Durie who takes you to a city oasis that sits on top of the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Then, what do the rapper 50-cent, actress Bette Midler, and the Broadway show Wicked all have in common? Would you believe victory gardens? All of these folks are working with the New York Restoration Project's citywide effort to grow and eat local. And the result? Community gardens are popping up all over the city. Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom is in New York to check it out and gather tips on how you can build a community garden of your own. Finally, celebrated chefs Michel Nischan and Barbara Lynch visit Boston's oldest farmer's market and mix up a fresh salad using the very best local seasonal produce.

Updated August 25, 2008