Programming: The Private Spring Of Thalassa Cruso

Azaleas too pooped to pop? Fluffy ruffles lost their curl? Pollypoddies look like a tossed salad? Take heart. For every ailment, TV Horticulturist Thalassa Cruso has a remedy: "A highhanded plunge into a bathtub full of sudsy water will do wonders for your plant." If not, well, "then throw it out. You'll feel much happier replacing it with a fresher, sprightlier plant."

There is nothing highhanded about Thalassa, a 59-year-old British-born grandmother who finds "relief from the everyday pressures of life by working among living things which refuse to be hurried." On her twice-weekly show, Making Things Grow, which is...

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