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KNME To Begin Airing New Episodes of "Southwest Yard and Garden" Sept. 20

LAS CRUCES - Public television viewers in northern New Mexico can enjoy 13 new episodes of "Southwest Yard and Garden" this fall, beginning Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. on KNME.

"Southwest Yard and Garden" viewers can see Texas' famed bluebonnets when host Curtis Smith visits the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in an episode to be broadcast this fall on New Mexico's public television stations. Austin is one of several new destinations featured in the regional series produced by New Mexico State University. (08/28/2003) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by Curtis Smith)

The regional series from New Mexico State University offers a inside look at private and public gardens from California to the Texas hill country, with each program visiting multiple Southwestern locations.

On Sept. 20, the featured location will be Phoenix, Ariz. The Sept. 27 show visits Austin, Texas.

In October, the show moves to a 4:30 p.m. time slot on Saturdays. The Oct. 4 program will feature out-of-this-world irises from Roswell.

Other featured locations this season are Sedona, Ariz.; Sacramento, Santa Barbara/Los Angeles and Santa Rosa, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango and Grand Junction, Colo.; Albuquerque; and Austin/Fredricksburg, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.

Viewers can learn from creative, knowledgeable gardeners, including curators at public parks and gardens such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center near Austin and the Colorado Springs Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.

Segments highlight brilliant wildflowers, hummingbird havens, formal gardens and funky cactus landscapes. Novice gardeners can find out how to beautify their backyards through the show's gardening 101 segments, which tackle how to install drip irrigation and conquer caliche, among other topics.

"We're glad to be back," said Terry Canup, executive producer and head of NMSU's agricultural communications department. "Since expanding to a regional format by popular demand in 2002, we've aired in most of the major media markets in the Southwest."

Each episode features two gardens at a travel destination and a public garden from elsewhere in the Southwest, along with a gardening 101 segment.

The series began in 2000 as a New Mexico-based program. Host Curtis Smith is a horticulturist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.