Watch The Victory Garden
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The Victory Garden, initially known as Crockett's Victory Garden, is a PBS television program about gardening flowers, fruits, and vegetables and it is also the oldest gardening television program on television. Spurred on by the harsh economic situation of the '70s as well as the Arab oil crisis of 1975, show creator Russell Morash established the program in the hope that people would be inspired to establish their own titular victory gardens much like landowners during both World Wars would cultivate. Given its nearly 40 year run, The Victory Garden has had a modest number of hosts. The show's initial title was derived from James Underwood Crockett; while a man with no experience in front of a camera, he remained the show's host due to his impressive amount of knowledge on all things gardening until Bob Thomson replaced him in the '79-'80 season. Thomson initially served as a substitute host for Crockett, eventually becoming full-time host with Crockett's death. Thomson's prowess in running a nursery, a garden, and working in radio for decades gave credit to his run of the show, which was broadened to include travel segments and guest appearances. Eventually, Bob Thomson retired in the mid '80s and passed the torch to Roger Swain, a biologist, gardener and author whose life outside the role as show host was dedicated to tending to his garden and orchard. Swain retired as host of The Victory Garden in 2002, handing hosting duties over to Michael Weishan for five show seasons. Weishan's run of the program added several small segments such as Paul Epsom's role as garden correspondent, Kip Anderson who had tended to gardens featured on the show for more than two decades, and lastly, Sissy Biggers' segment as a garden lifestyle reporter. The final, current, host of The Victory Garden is Australian personality Jamie Durie whose run as show host has focused on a message of environmental awareness.