JOCELYN H. CHILVERS
Landscape & Garden Design
Do you watch gardening shows on TV? Do you find them inspirational or frustrating? Does your favorite show reflect the growing conditions and or lifestyle of your region?
I use to watch several gardening shows, but their numbers are dwindling. I still catch Victory Garden on PBS, as well as the occasional P. Allen Smith. We are fortunate that our cable company shows North Carolina public television and they have a program that has information very relevant to our climate. As far as HGTV goes, they need to re-name it HTV. Seems as if just about all their garden shows only show you how to stage your yard for resale, or how to decorate your patio. Except for Paul James, who they are not renewing, there are no plant-centric shows.
Hi, Les, thanks for stopping by. I'll confess: I don't watch gardening shows at all! I don't get cable, so that lets me off the hook as far as HGTV goes, and there are no PBS shows that are relevant to my region. Besides, when I sit down to watch TV I want to get away from work! I like to watch the cooking shows that include an element of travel, Like "Lidia's Italy" or Rick Bayless (on Mexican cuisine). I enjoy seeing how they profile the local agricultural products of the areas they're visiting and then incorporate them into their creative cooking.
Sometimes we'll have a local show that has some gardening advice, but no dedicated gardening shows. There are no national garden shows that feature low desert gardening. It's frustrating, but it's interesting seeing choices made for other climates. Sometimes I'm jealous!Aiyana
There doesn't seem to be a gardening show which reflects any place I've lived. There also seems to be an abundance of landscaping makeover shows but a severe dearth of gardening shows. Huge disappointment for a gardener such as myself.
Aiyana and Garden Chick: you are both right on about the lack of regionally specific garden shows. Sounds like a prime opportunity for local PBS/cable stations. If the market area is large enough (as Phoenix and Denver/Boulder are), surely there would be enough underwriters/sponsors???
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