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Local master gardener to appear on TV show

With the short growing season, gardeners need to bring color and texture inside with the use of houseplants.

Jeanne Back, Douglas County master gardener in Alexandria, shows "Prairie Yard and Garden" host Larry Zilliox varieties to consider along with tips for year-long care.

"House Plants" will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, on Pioneer Public Television, Channel 10 (KWCM), Appleton.

On the Thursday, March 26, "Prairie Yard and Garden" program, Dale Herman, professor of horticulture in the department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University, gives a guided tour of some of the successful tree introductions from NDSU. Herman has been breeding trees for more than three decades.

Each segment of "Prairie Yard and Garden" is replayed at 4:30 p.m. on the Saturday following the initial episode. Series host Larry Zilliox is a former Douglas County Extension educator.

Produced by Media Services on the historic campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris, PY&G uses its affiliation with the University of Minnesota to bring important and tested horticultural information to gardeners in what is occasionally a difficult and frustrating growing region. After more than two decades on public television with more than 500 television episodes to its credit, PY&G has grown into one of west central Minnesota's top resources for gardening information.

Each season, PY&G travels the state to meet with researchers, gardening and nursery professionals, educators and backyard gardeners to discuss specific issues related to horticulture, landscaping and a host of other gardening topics.

Over the years, PY&G has continued to nurture important relationships with horticulture leaders, such as the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen and the Minnesota Extension Service. These two entities bring both information and guests that are reliable and valuable to gardeners statewide.