The Victory Garden (TV program)

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The Victory Garden
Created byRussell Morash
StarringJames Underwood Crockett (1975-1979)
Bob Thomson (1979-1991)
Roger Swain (1991-2002)
Michael Weishan (2002-2007)
Jamie Durie (2007-2010)
Theme music composerBill Spence
Bell & Shapiro
Opening theme"Gaspe Reel" (The Hammered Dulcimer) [1]
"The Victory Garden Theme"
Ending theme"The Victory Garden Theme"
Composer(s)Bell & Shapiro
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons36
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)WGBH
Original networkPBS
Original releaseApril 16, 1975 (1975-04-16) –
2015 (2015)
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The Victory Garden is an American public television program about gardening and other outdoor activities, produced by station WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, and distributed by PBS. It is the oldest gardening program produced for television in the United States, premiering April 16, 1975.[citation needed]


The show was originally called Crockett's Victory Garden for its first host, James Underwood Crockett. On each episode, Crockett demonstrates and cares for a vegetable garden, shows you how to build a cold frame, and why salt marsh hay was useful as a mulch. At the end of each episode, Crockett was in the greenhouse, as he answered viewer questions about gardening, which is sent in by viewers. Following Crockett's death at the age of 63, Bob Thomson hosted the program from 1979 to 1991[2] and the show was renamed The Victory Garden. With Thomson at the helm, The Victory Garden began to broaden its scope. In addition to the regular demonstrations of planting, potting, pruning, and pest control, the show began to make room for more guests and travel features. Marian Morash, wife of series producer Russell Morash, appeared on the air to do her recipes on the program from 1979 to 2001.

Roger Swain hosted the program from 1991 to 2002, Michael Weishan hosted the program from 2002 to 2007. Jamie Durie hosted the program from 2007 to 2010. In 2013, the show was relaunched in partnership with Edible Communities, and it became The Victory Garden's EdibleFeast. It was produced for two seasons.

Major publications[edit]

  • Crockett, James Underwood. (1981). Crockett's Flower Garden. New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-16132-9.
  • Crockett, James Underwood. (1978). Crockett's Indoor Garden. New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-16124-4.
  • Crockett, James Underwood. (1977). Crockett's Victory Garden. New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-16121-3.
  • Morash, Marian. (1982). The Victory Garden Cookbook. New York: Knopf. ISBN 978-0-394-50897-9.
  • Thomson, Bob. (1987). The New Victory Garden. New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-84337-9.
  • Weishan, Michael and Laurie Donnelly. (2006). The Victory Garden Companion. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-059977-5.
  • Wilson, Jim. (1990). Masters of the Victory Garden. New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-94501-1.
  • Wirth, Thomas. (1984). The Victory Garden Landscape Guide. New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-94845-6.


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