Simply Southern TV Show Brings Outreach Expertise to Wider Audiences – Lowndes Signal


by Maggie Lawrence

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System continues its partnership with Simply Southern TV. In 2022, viewers can learn how to transform their landscapes into Alabama Smart Yards.

Becky Barlow, acting deputy director of agriculture, forestry and natural resources programs at Alabama Extension, said Extension is expanding the partnership that grew in 2021.

“In our first year with Simply Southern, the horticulture professionals at Extension have covered a variety of topics,” she said. “For this new year, we are thrilled to have over a dozen garden segments airing during their season.”

Mary Wilson, host of Simply Southern, said gardening is an important part of many people’s lives.

“For a while we didn’t have any gardening content on the show,” Wilson said. “It made perfect sense for Simply Southern to partner with Extension to provide quality, reliable gardening advice. With so many talented experts on staff, Extension is a go-to source for gardening information. The new Alabama Smart Yards segments fit the show perfectly and have been very well received by our viewers, whether they are master gardeners or brown hands.

The Alabama Smart Yard segments will begin airing in early January and will include the following topics:

Row covers, seed starting, pollinators, garden sanitation, master gardener hotline, healthy plant selection, quick irrigation solutions

Simply Southern TV begins its eighth season in January 2022. The show, which is an Alabama Farmers Federation production, airs in all Alabama TV markets as well as the Columbus, Georgia market. . Additionally, viewers can find it on RFD-TV.

Alabama Smart Yard segments aired in all other episodes of Simply Southern. Wilson said his featured location was in the last part of the show before the third commercial break and the cooking segment.

The segments are also available on the Alabama Cooperative Extension System YouTube channel.

Barlow directs people looking for additional gardening information to these resources.

Alabama Extension website,

Master Gardener Helpline, (877) 252-GROW

Alabama Extension County Offices


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