A new television program, hosted by Memorial’s own Dr.
Wilf Nicholls, will bring even more gardening know-how to
the people of this province. Homegrown, which airs on Sundays
at 3 p.m. on NTV, has been a big hit since it started just
a couple of months ago.
What began as an idea with Cle Newhook, executive director,
Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador, producer Bill Coultas
and Botanical Gardens director Wilf Nicholls, has turned into
an educational foray into the local agri-food and agriculture
“Gardening and horticulture is probably the fastest
growing sector of the agri-foods industry,” said Dr.
Nicholls. “Ornamental crops exceed the farm gate value
of wheat or canola making them the most valuable crop in Canada
– a fact that very few people realize.”
Each episode of Homegrown features someone from Landscape
Newfoundland and Labrador talking about the local agri-foods
business, a focus on an aspect of gardening, and a bug of
the week from Peggy Dixon from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
on Brookfield Road. There is also a regular feature called
the Garden Patch which provides information on vegetable gardening
with Tim Murray and Debbie Preston of Murray’s Garden
in Portugal Cove. Funding for the show came from the Agriculture
Policy Framework (APF), Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador,
Film Development Corporation and NTV.
“We make sure that the information we give is correct
and relevant so that it provides good practical information.
It is useful to people just getting started or who have been
gardening for years,” added Dr. Nicholls.
Plans are already underway to continue the show once this
season runs out. The crew would like to travel to Labrador
and talk about plant nutrition, fertilizers, organics and
This week’s show to air on Sunday, April 3, will feature
landscape design with Pam Pippy and a visit to Dave Carew’s
rock landscaping shop in Portugal Cove. Peggy Dixon will talk
about cinch bugs, those pesky creatures that turn the grass
“We hope the show sharpens peoples’ interest in
gardening and their interest in the horticulture industry
of Newfoundland and Labrador. We do too much importation right
now, but hopefully through R&D we can start to produce
our own and get into home-based production and export.”