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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, October 25, 2019 - 7:00am

One way to create feeling and emotion in the garden is by carefully combining the colors of flowers and foliage.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00am

Most gardeners love elephant ears as easy to grow tropical plants that have a big impact. Gary Bachman talks about the Colocasia species of elephant ears today.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 7:00am

Cold frames are great tools for extending the growing season, especially for veggies grown in containers.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00am

A longtime favorite for the cool season landscape has always been snapdragon.

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00am

Not all snapdragons have to planted in the back row.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00am

Find out when to plant dianthus for reliable cool season color with Gary Bachman.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00am

We need to provide winter protection for some of our landscape and garden plants.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:00am

Confederate Rose is a wonderful plant that is really unknown outside of the Southeast.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 7:00am

Pansies are one of those tough plants that will perform all through the fall and winter season in our Mississippi landscapes.

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00am

Gulf muhly grass is a native plant that really performs in the fall and winter months.


Natchez: Greenlea B&B
October 20, 2019

Natchez: Greenlea Bed & Breakfast

Southern Gardening always enjoys coming to Natchez, MS with its architectural history and wonderful gardens. Today we’re back at Greenlea Bed and Breakfast taking a look at the fall color garden...

Natchez: The Towers
October 13, 2019

Natchez: The Towers

As host of Southern Gardening I really enjoy landscapes and gardens all across the state. Today I’m visiting The Towers antebellum mansion in Natchez, MS and its grand back patio. Walking around...

Natchez: Oak Hill Inn
October 6, 2019

Natchez: Oak Hill Inn

Today Southern Gardening is in the garden district of Natchez, MS visiting the grounds of historic Oak Hill Inn. Let’s take a look at some unique features in the landscape. I love the sounds of...

Late Season Color
September 29, 2019

Late Season Color

Today Southern Gardening is at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona taking a look at a planting that has really stood up to the heat of our summer. One of my...

Southern Gardening Articles

More than a dozen purple blooms stand above feathery green foliage.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We have finally gotten some cool, fall weather, and it’s time to start planting our cool-season color, but sometimes we need to enjoy the summer color that’s getting its second wind.

A white flower with a red center blooms among green leaves on red stems.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my favorite flowering landscape and garden plants has to be hibiscus, but hibiscus doesn’t refer to only one plant.

A black butterfly with red and white spots stands on top of a single orange bloom.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I had the opportunity this past weekend to speak at the Butterflies in the Pass Monarch Festival in Pass Christian. The monarch butterfly may be the most recognized and loved insect in the United States.

Yellow and orange flowers bloom above green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Fall has officially arrived, although temperatures remain summerish. But when the calendar changes, it’s time to start thinking about the cool-season annual colors to be planted and enjoyed during the winter months.

A shallow, red, wooden box rises at waist level above a green lawn and is full of orange blooms and lush, green plants.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

How to Build a Salad TableMost of my Southern Gardening columns share tips about great ornamental plants that should be grown in all landscapes and gardens in Mississippi and the entire Southeast. But every once in a while, I like to share ideas for being more successful in your home vegetable garden, because who doesn’t enjoy homegrown veggies?


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