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Discover the Fascinating World of Small-Space Gardening

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A container designed by Serome Hamlin (Image: VPM)

Meet a gardener creating miniature worlds in containers and visit a public library with a special garden designed for children using dwarf varieties.


Miniature Worlds
Host Peggy Singlemann visits Serome Hamlin at The Enchanted Garden to learn how he creates “miniature worlds” in containers using compact plants and dwarf varieties.

Nelson Memorial Library Garden
Co-Host Keith Nevison visits the Nelson Memorial Library in Lovingston to tour their new garden with Yulita Ellis, Certified Landscape Designer and Library Branch Specialist. Learn how this small garden was designed to showcase sensory and pollinator plants by using many compact and dwarf varieties.

Build a Dish Garden
Serome Hamlin of The Enchanted Garden visits the Virginia Home Grown studio to demonstrate how to create a fun dish garden with a hardscape and pond.

Compact Plants
Yulita Ellis, a certified landscape designer, visits the studio to talk about her favorite plants for small gardens.

Plant list from this segment:

  • Grasses - Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’, Muhlenbergia capillaris
  • Perennials - Allium ‘Summer beauty’ (actually a bulb), Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’, Lobelia cardinalis ‘Starship Scarlet’, Penstemon barbatus ‘Rock Candy’ blue, Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’, Veronia lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’
  • Shrubs - Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Confucius’ (evergreen), Distylium ‘Cinnamon girl’ (evergreen), Hydrangea paniculata ‘BoBo’, Lagerstroemia indica ‘Pocomoke’, Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Tiny Wine’, Rosa ‘Drift Star’ apricot’, Thuja occidentalis ‘Fire Chief’

Thanks to Clare Jackson at New Leaf Farms in Bedford for providing the plant specimens.

Growing Scallions
Jen Naylor loves to use spring onions in many of the dishes she creates at Sussex Farm. She explains how easy it is to grow scallions in pot all year round.

Maximizing Container Space
Randy Battle shares tips on how to grow vegetables in containers so you can enjoy fresh food with space is limited.

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