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  • Purple Southern Indica azaleas against a green leaf background.
  • Beedance painted red bidens, each with 5 yellow petals with red tips.
  • Pansy Matrix Lavendar Shades waiting to be transplanted into the landscape.
  • Pink Enchantment rose against green background.
  • Southern Gardening host Dr. Gary Bachman in greenhouse with scarecrow.
  • Filming salad tables filled with home grown lettuces.
  • Pink flowers on a green vine growing on a wooden fence.

Southern Gardening Television is a weekly, 1 1/2 minute television segment designed to air within Mississippi television newscasts. Segments are designed for persons interested in lawn and garden care. The show features Extension Horticulturist Gary Bachman and is produced by video producer Tim Allison.

Southern Gardening Radio is also found here.


Friday, December 20, 2019 - 7:15am

There will come a time when every gardener will say, “Now what is that plant?” today on Southern Gardening. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 7:15am

We use wreaths to decorate our homes for many holidays and occasions, but what using a living wreath to celebrate the summer season today on Southern Gardening. 

As we spend more time outside during the summer what would be more perfect than to have a beautiful and functional living wreath on the patio or deck.  A living wreath is not only an attractive blend of colors and textures, but can be a handy herbs garden also.  Having your favorite herbs only a snip away would be very convenient. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 7:15am

Who is that guy, who said great looking gardens can be maintenance free? Here are a few tips for busy gardeners today on Southern Gardening. 

No matter the hype, a great looking garden is a lot of work.  And with our busy lives knowing a few short cuts can help you work more efficiently in the landscape. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 7:15am

All gardeners know this is going to happen every year and still many are surprised. Frost versus freeze today on southern Gardening.

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 7:15am

In Mississippi the dead of winter is berry season in the landscape today on Southern Gardening.

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:00am

Gary Bachman talks about his winter favorite, Nandina.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 7:00am

The winter season can really show off some twisted plants found in the landscape.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:00am

There is one landscape activity that has no time deadline and with the cooler weather it’s a good time to apply a layer of mulch. And when you think a little about it, this is the time of year that Mother Nature mulches her garden. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 7:00am

The end of the season is the time to properly care of your landscape tools.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 7:00am

One of the flowering plants that’s left me in awe the past couple of years has been the Senetti pericallis. 


Big Flowers
December 9, 2019

Big Flowers

If you want to make a statement in your landscape then you have to go big. Let’s take a look at some big flowers that are sure to standout. Sunflowers certainly have big flowers and Tarahumara is...

Christmas Poinsettias
December 1, 2019

Christmas Poinsettias

We’re in the season to start decorating for Christmas like they’re doing at the Designers Gallery in Starkville. For me it’s just not Christmas without any holiday plants. C’mon let me show why...

Bachman's Heritage Cottage
November 25, 2019

Bachman's Heritage Cottage


Washington had Mount Vernon. Jefferson had Monticello. Bachman has Heritage Cottage. My garden is an idea incubator for home gardeners trying to make it easy to enjoy the...

Supertunia Baskets
November 18, 2019

Supertunia Baskets

Today Southern Gardening is at one of our favorite shooting locations, Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs. This year the crew has constructed a unique setup to display hanging basket...

Southern Gardening Articles

Purple, red and yellow stems are topped by rich green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Winter is finally here, whether you go by the meteorological date of Dec.1 or the upcoming astrological date of Dec. 21. To me, it means that I’m going to enjoy the freshly harvested cool-season greens from my little urban farm.

A branch with green leaves and dozens of clusters of red berries is in the foreground of an outdoor parking area.
- Filed Under: Landscape and Garden Design

I love when the calendar strikes December 1, because it means we are officially in the Christmas season. Now, I know it seems like many stores have had their holiday decorations out since before Labor Day, but none of that counts until we get to December.

Small, flat blooms of white and lavender rise above a bed of green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

For cool-season color, you can’t beat the old-fashioned plants our grandparents called Johnny jump-ups. We now call these pansy cousins violas, and they give the home garden big color.

Long, narrow orange and red leaves dangle from branches.
- Filed Under: Plants and Wildlife

I am thoroughly thankful I made the move to coastal Mississippi a dozen years ago. One of my truly enjoyable fall pursuits happens after the temperatures have gotten chilly. On bright, sunny fall days, I really like driving on Highway 90 to my office at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi along the Gulf of Mexico.

A close-up photo of a green cucumber growing on a vine with another visible in the background.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

This past weekend, I had the privilege and pleasure of being an invited speaker at the Gardening for Life Symposium hosted by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. I was a member of a diverse group of speakers from across the country.


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Extension/Research Professor

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Senior Extension Associate
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Senior Extension Associate

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