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Gardening Program Debuts

May 22, 2008

Garden Paths, a new program devoted to helping both new and expert gardeners explore their own ways to develop beautiful backyards, will premiere on Milwaukee Public Television Thursday, June 12, on MPTV-10 at 6:30 p.m.

One of the special features of the series will be "Garden Path-Ways," journeys to a number of remarkable sites such as the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Longwood Gardens, and the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. The programs will be repeated on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. on MPTV-10.

Hosted by Jodi Olson, a 15-year veteran of broadcast television and an avid gardener, the 13-part series will open with a look at gardening in New Orleans after Katrina. This will be the first of several features about the French Quarter, McIheney Jungle Garden, and other highlights of the historic horticultural city. The series will be repeated at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays on MPTV-10 and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays on MPTV-36.

The programs also will glean ideas and explore proven techniques and new approaches at Florida's Cypress Gardens, New York City's Central Park, green spaces on top of New York's high rise buildings, St. Paul Farmer's Market, New Orleans French Quarter, and other locations.

Fitness exercises to help gardeners prevent sore muscles, making soup from fresh vegetables, garden art, saving seeds, and other topics also will be covered. Gardening expert Melinda Myers will offer her annual look at the best annuals and perennials, as well as her expert horticultural advice.

Garden Paths is a high-definition production of Milwaukee Public Television and is available to PBS nationwide. Kevin F. Pulz is the senior producer and director. Major funding for Garden Paths is provided by Stein Garden and Gifts and McAdams Graphics.