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Virginia Home Grown: August 2014

Virginia Home Grown August

In this episode of Virginia Home Grown, Amy explores Pollocks Path and Meadows at the IX Art Park in Charlottesville. We’ll get a tour of an Urban Habitat created by the Center for Urban Habitats. Carol Heiser with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be our in-studio guest.

Peggy visits Upper Shirley Vineyard in Charles City County to learn about their new grape growing operation. She’ll talk viticulture (the science, production and study of grapes) in the studio segment with Tony Wolf of Virginia Tech.

The Tip from Maymont covers vertical gardening and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Scott Burrell introduces the Black Chokeberry as Plant of the Month.

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Plants mentioned in this episode:

  • Phemeranthus terretifolius (quill fameflower): excellent for dry urban settings
  • Rudbeckia triloba (browneyed susan): very showy
  • Heliopsis helanthoides (smooth oxeye): prolific bloomer and host plant for several butterflies
  • Celtis tenuifolia (dwarf hackberry): number one larval host for butterfly variety
  • Pycnanthemum muticum (broadleaved mountainmint): all the mountainmints are the top native pollinator supporters in North America, and essential components of any wildlife garden.

Virginia Home Grown, with Amy Barton Williams (host), and Peggy M. Singlemann (co-host), features interviews with experts and enthusiasts from around the state. Viewers are invited to submit questions via email to or by phone (toll free) to 1.866.220.0911 (only during the LIVE show).

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