Troy is a plantsman, author, photographer and garden designer who co-hosts Nashville Public Television's hit gardening show, Volunteer Gardener.  He has recently joined forces with Garden Travelers, of Indianapolis, Indiana, leading unique, small group garden and history focused tours both at home and abroad. His personal blog, "Gardener Cook" is a hit with gardeners and food enthusiasts, alike. For more information about Troy, visit

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Jewels of the Spring Garden
by Troy Marden - posted 04/20/14

Just a quick Easter morning post to show off a few flowers that are some of my favorites in the garden each spring.

Some are from my garden and one or two are from other gardens here in Nashville that I look forward to seeing every year.


This Lenten rose is from the Golden Sunrise strain from Ernie and Marietta O'Byrne at Northwest Garden Nursery near Portland, Oregon. Introduced to the gardening public by my friend Dan Heims at Terra Nova Nurseries, they are now widely distributed by Monrovia Nursery.  This is but one in the series, which includes a variety of spectacular colors and forms, including some of the best doubles on the market. Some have been a little slow to establish in my garden, but once they get going, they are gorgeous!


I look forward to this moment in Nashville every spring--a beautiful yard in an older neighborhood that bursts into a lavender haze each February with a carpet of Crocus tommasinianus.  This display covers close to an acre and if I had to guess has been re-seeding and spreading itself around the property since at least the 1940's and possibly as early as the 1930's.


A few years ago I was able to buy one small plant of the rare, double-flowering bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'.  It is painfully slow to multiply--three years old and still only one bloom this year, but it is a sight to behold in its fleeting moment of beauty.


This unusual trillium is a hybrid I picked up a few years ago at a local garden center--probably a naturally occurring cross between Trillium sulcatum and Trillium flexipes.  It has been spectacular in the garden here.


I've been in an epimedium phase, of late, and Epimedium pauciflorum is one of my favorites.  It is dainty and delicate and may need a little coddling to get it started, but it is well worth the effort.

I hope your gardens are coming to life and that you have a few treasures like these to enjoy each spring!  Happy Gardening and I'll have another update soon!




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ScottyD - 01/24/2015

Hey Troy! Remember we talked about you coming to Chattanooga in the Spring to visit and document gardens... We are going to be on the Tri-State Rose Tour in May 16-17... Our garden is full of Heirloom Roses and perennials...You may be interested in filming it at that time. Hope all is well with you!!.... Thanks, Scott / website www.Dreamgardensusa.com_
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