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  • 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.
  • Purple Southern Indica azaleas against a green leaf background.
  • Beedance painted red bidens, each with 5 yellow petals with red tips.

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.


Monday, March 9, 2020 - 6:00am

Dr. Gary Bachman: I consider saucer magnolia an eternally optimistic harbinger of spring, today on Southern Gardening.

Announcer: Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00am

Hydrangeas as a group of flowering shrubs are great in an old-timey as well as modern landscape today on Southern Gardening.

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:00am

Mother Nature's at work in our gardens and landscapes today on Southern Gardening.

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:00am

With winter almost over, gardeners are already looking for the colorful plants of spring today on Southern Gardening.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:00am

Gardeners are always looking for a carefree plant that has a big impact in the landscape, today on Southern Gardening.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:00am

African Daisies will soon be arriving and have some of the prettiest flowers for this spring today on Southern Gardening.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:00am

Hydrangeas as a group of flowering shrubs are great in an old timey, as well as modern landscape today on Southern Gardening.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7:00am

Different types of hydrangeas are useful in almost any landscape. Now let's focus on successful hydrangea care today on Southern Gardening.

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:00am

Beautiful shooting stars really can be a common sight each year in your garden, today on Southern Gardening.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00am

Now is the time to start thinking about how to make the garden a lot easier next year and beyond. Today on Southern Gardening.


Transplanting Shrubs
January 19, 2020

Transplanting Shrubs

Sometimes the home gardener needs to move an existing shrub or small tree. The winter months are a perfect time to do this. Let me demonstrate how easy it is to move a shrub to a new spot in the...

Bromeliad Care
January 12, 2020

Bromeliad Care

Bromeliads are fascinating plants but are often misunderstood as being high maintenance and needing special green thumb skills. Let me show you how easy it is to care for and enjoy these...

Crape Murder
January 5, 2020

Crape Murder

Every year at this time, a horticultural crime spree occurs, and the Horticulture CSI Unit is back in action. This time of year, we see countless cases of crape murder, and Crape myrtle is the...

Shishi Gashira
December 29, 2019

Shishi Gashira

One of the joys of our Mississippi winter landscapes are the gorgeous camellias. Growing up in the north I’ve always marveled at these evergreen shrubs blooming like this in the winter months. If...

Southern Gardening Articles

Dozens of brightly colored flowers rise on long, slender stems from a mass planting in a flower bed.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Zinnias are annual flowers that perform extremely well in our hot and humid Mississippi gardens and landscapes. In fact, home gardeners can have these beautiful flowers blooming from May all the way to frost in fall.

One group of zinnias that I can’t get enough of is the Zinnia elegans. These zinnias are the long-stemmed kind that are perfect for the cutting garden.

Slender, green seedlings grow in rows under lights in black trays marked by white tags.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

I’ve promoted the 2020 Mississippi Medallion winners Colorblaze coleus, beautyberry and Luscious lantana for the last three weeks. Now, I want to tell you about the fourth and final 2020 selection, Garden Gem tomato.

This will come as a surprise to the Southern Gardening Nation, but I think I’m starting to like eating fresh tomatoes. I’m certainly looking forward to picking fresh Garden Gem tomatoes this summer.

A bumblebee climbs on a single, pink-and-orange cluster of blooms.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my favorite easy-care, flowering plants has to be lantana. This low-maintenance plant is highly tolerant of the hot, humid summers in our Mississippi gardens.

It’s no wonder that lantana has been selected as a Mississippi Medallion winner three times.

Small purple berries in clumps line branches with green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Through February, I’m highlighting plants named 2020 Mississippi Medallion winners. Each of these winners is superbly adapted to our garden and landscape environment.

This week, I want to tell you about American beautyberry, a winner that is a native species found across the Southeast. It is known botanically as Callicarpa americana.

Maroon veins stand out on a sea of chartreuse leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of introducing the 2020 Mississippi Medallion Winners at the Gulf States Hort Expo in Mobile, Alabama. This is a special group of selections, as the Mississippi Medallion program is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020.

The plants selected for 2020 include Colorblaze coleus, beautyberry, Luscious Series lantana and Garden Gem tomato.


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Extension/Research Professor

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