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The Victory Garden

Episode #2618

Have you ever wondered what a real Victory Garden was? This fall The Victory Garden pays a special visit to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to view a World War II era victory garden that was re-created from a 1943 pamphlet. Garden Correspondent Holly Shimizu speaks with Historian Susan Pennington to learn about the history and origin of a victory garden. The 130 foot long garden contains over 50 varieties of vegetables, showcasing mainly heirloom species and older varieties that were available to gardeners during the 1940s.The garden was designed to complement the museum's new permanent exhibition "Within These Walls_". The exhibit tells the 200 year story of American history as seen from the doorstep of one house that stood from colonial days through the mid 1960's in Ipswich, Ma. ~ [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: THE VICTORY GARDEN, television's longest-running gardening program, continues to inspire viewers to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Hosted by Australian gardening and television sensation Jamie Durie, its simple, easy lessons help seasoned and amateur gardeners alike make the most of their outdoor spaces in a way that respects and preserves the environment for future generations.

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