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There are 13 comments on Two PBS Pioneers Look Back

  1. Is there any way to purchase the tapes of the Jim Crockett Victory Garden shows?

    No one has ever come close to Jim’s expertise, nor his gift for sharing the knowledge.

  2. Geez, I’m glad to know all is still well with Marian and her husband. I learned so much as a twenty-something novice vegetable gardener from that show. It was a real classic and, based on posts on other websites, people sure do miss its down-to-earth, get your hands dirty style. The new show seems to cater to the uber yuppie; it can’t hold a candle to the original. Thanks for this article and thanks very much for the shows Mr. and Mrs. Morash. Good health to you both.

  3. Please, Please, Please make the old Victory Garden shows available to the public again by way of public tv, Netflix, dvd or something. The new shows with Jamie are awful and never apply to me.

      1. I miss all the old shows!! I learned so much from the real experts,
        I love that some are still on this Old House,but the format has changed
        and nobody can beat Norm……I guess these people really can’t be
        replaced So we need the Old Shows….a forever fan,Rita Schmidt

  4. I loved the original show also—don’t care for the forign accents since they are hard for me to understand all words–happy retirement and thanks for lots of knowledge and entertainment and beauty

  5. Thank you for the wonderful programs over the years. I miss The New Yankee Workshop more than most people I suppose. I don’t know what Norm or the construction process was like in reality, but for me, this show was akin to watching The Wonderful World of Disney when I was a child. I dearly wanted the Workshop to be a real place where a real person was building things with skill and confidence and maybe someday I could have that skill and confidence also. I remember watching the last episode a few years ago; it still makes me sad to know that the workshop is quiet now. All good things I guess.

  6. I was delighted to see the new Victory Garden with clips from the past with Richard Swaim & Marian it was really a trip down memory lane & so relaxing to watch again. I agree with a previous post stating the gardening tips are relevant & much more useful than other shows of this nature. I was glad to know Marian & her husband are still with us & to know the victory garden & house are their residence, which I didn’t know. I think these shows are a real treasure. Thank you for bringing them back.

  7. I too loved the ‘old’ Victory Garden. I learned so very much about gardening from the original show. I’ve tried to be interested in the newer shows but sadly could not so have stopped watching it. I want to gain working knowledge of gardening …I’m not so interested in big estate gardens etc. loved the format of the old show and loved to see people digging in the dirt and telling us exactly what to do to garner the same results as they did…..loved the recipes from Marion…please bring back the old episodes or change today’s show format back to the way it was…I’ll watch again if that happens….thank you!

  8. Several months ago I requested a means to buy episodes of the old Victory Garden show, which I did and still do love very much, but I got no response. Since then, a new version, called Victory Garden: Edible Feast has begun with old excerpts from years ago with Roger Swain and Marian Morash………………WHAT A TREAT !!! Sorry Mr. J.D. but I greatly disliked the last version of the show. The new version seems to be much more to my liking. Thank you Mr. Thurston for this great article.

  9. I just pulled out our copy of “The Victory Garden Cookbook” to check Marian’s recipe for cream of celery soup. We love this book! And we loved all the shows that went along with it. I’m going to search out any available DVDs. You both made Saturday mornings at our house much more interesting. Then it was into the garden and kitchen for lunch. Happy retirement to the two of you!

  10. I too loved Victory Garden with Roger Swain. I also am an advid gardener so I learned many things over the years while watching Roger. I always watch TOH and ATOH and enjoy both programs very much. In fact, my favorite programs on TV are TOH and ATOH and I watch both on WKAR from MSU, East Lansing, MI. I am also a supporter of public television. There are so many things to learn from public TV. When I turn on my TV, I always turn to public TV first to see what is on. Thank you for many years of great television…..I’ve never felt like watching public TV is a waste of time, unlike regular TV programing. Thanks again. Nancy

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