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P. Allen Smith's Garden Home celebrates its 10th season with a new set of 13 half-hours with year-round appeal. P. Allen Smith demystifies the process of designing beautiful gardens and opens up new possibilities for homeowners looking to create their own green garden paradise. His 12 essential principles of design empower gardeners of all skill levels to transform their outdoor spaces and add value and beauty to their homes. Every episode features easy how-to projects, garden maintenance tips, garden-to-table cooking segments, virtual makeovers and tours of inspiring public and private gardens all across the United States.
Allen visits the historic Arlington National Cemetery for its annual Renewal and Remembrance event. Allen learns about the history of the grounds and what Memorial Day means for this historic cemetery. Allen also pays a visit to the Mt. Vernon Estate for a history lesson on the connection between Arlington and the home of our first President. Also, Allen shares his delicious Rosemary Chicken recipe.
Allen devotes an entire show to one of his favorite flowers, roses! Allen makes a trip to the Southampton Rose Society to visit with a Rosarian and also drops in on the Madoo Conservancy and talks to Robert Dash about his amazing rose garden. We'll get some rose care tips from rose breeder William Radler /articles/knock-out-rose-tips-from-william-radler, find out what plants are good companions for roses and sink our teeth into a delicious fresh from the garden salad with Allen and guest, Chef Capi Peck.
Join Allen as he explores Mt Vernon Estate for a history lesson on the vegetables and herbs that George and Martha Washington grew in their gardens. Allen examines the rosemary hedges at Mt. Vernon and what it takes to care for this versatile herb. Allen also looks at Mt. Vernon's abundance of Fig trees that grow on the estate and shares his delicious fig preserve recipe. He also shares tomato planting tips from his farm and we learn how to plant sweet potato vine.
This show is all about entryways that pack a punch! Allen gives a tour of the breathtaking Daffodil Hill at the Garden Home Retreat. He talks about color and daffodils, plus clustering containers for a bold affect. We'll also learn about beautiful houseplants and an interesting and cheap way to light a path. Joining Allen in the kitchen to make ratatouille is guest chef, Matt McClure.
Allen demonstrates different ways to exhibit the seasonal wonders of Mother Nature throughout your garden and home. Allen shows us the tulips in spring at the farm and his 12 foot Christmas tree with LED lights in the winter. He'll also show us how to make a mini bouquet of flowers in the summer and we'll learn about the beautiful fall foliage at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. Allen will also show us how to pickle okra.
The house at the Garden Home Retreat is finally complete and Allen is having a party in the garden. Allen shows us a very popular area at the farm, the outdoor kitchen, plus ideas for poolside containers. He also tells us about some beneficial insects to have in the garden and great ideas for a Halloween party. Chef Capi Peck demonstrates how to make a Mexican style corn-on-the-cob.
Allen spends time in New York with artist and writer Robert Dash talking about the Madoo Conservancy often described as one of the ten best gardens in America. Next, Allen visits with sculptor and master stone carver Simon Vierty whose work is often garden sculpture. Allen next pays a visit to the renowned Longhouse Reserve. Chef Cassidee Dabney joins Allen in the kitchen to make a delicious Garden Pepper Marmalade.
Allen is all about reusing and recycling. He shows us an old cotton trailer that's been transformed into a mobile turkey pen. Allen will show you how to add whimsy to your garden by repurposing unused items. We'll also learn about Xeriscaping. Indoors, Allen shows us how to mix produce and flowers for a beautiful and fun table setting. Plus, Regina Charbeneau is in the kitchen with Allen to make some delicious biscuits.
Allen talks about making a bold statement in a small garden by choosing the right trees, shrubs and containers. He also talks to an expert on the changes the auto industry is making to improve the environment. We'll visit Allen's insectary at the Garden Home Retreat and a beautiful Knot garden in the Hamptons. In the kitchen, Peter Brave shows Allen how to make a tasty quail recipe.
A trip to the breathtaking Cascade Mountains in Oregon proves to be a chilly but exciting adventure for Allen. He's learns about fresh greenery used during the holidays and how one million acres of Christmas trees add more oxygen to the environment. Allen also visits a garden center in Denver where Trela Phelps talks to him about transplanting orchids. We'll also talk to Kris Willey about an English inspired country garden and the planting of bare root roses at the Governors Mansion in Little Rock Arkansas. Plus, Allen jumps in the kitchen with Capi Peck to make a delicious Blackberry Peach Cobbler.
Allen hits the road to visit a few amazing garden destinations around the country including the Denver Botanic Gardens, Arlington National Cemetery and Bridge Gardens in Bridge Hampton, NY. Allen and his friend, Elizabeth Lear, take us to an amazing Parterre Garden and Labyrinth plus he talks about the air purifying ability of houseplants. In the kitchen, Allen makes a scrumptious chilled squash soup.
Allen shows us what he did to build a raised bed in his acre garden and takes us to an incredible poolside grotto. Well also learn about an interesting window box combination and visit the Bernheim Arboretum in Clermont Kentucky to learn about their LEED Platinum Visitors center. And, you don't want to miss Allen's Asparagus with Horseradish Dip recipe.
Allen participates in a Student Career Days activity in Atlanta Georgia and talks to William Hildebolt about encouraging children to volunteer during the yearly clean up at the Arlington National Cemetery. Plus, we'll visit a garden with a dinosaur theme and a ship that's a replica of Christopher Columbus' Nina. Allen will also educate us on how chickens can help children learn plus, he has a special guest in the kitchen helping him make a vegetable pizza.