A TV star in our midst
Kathi Keville, a Grass Valley aromatherapy teacher and author, informed me that she has added TV personality to her credentials.
The show she is on is “Everybody Knows,” which airs Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. on Dish Network TV (channel 9575, the new Veria channel that has 18 programs devoted to holistic health).
“The channel went on the air early this year,” she said. “I’m featured one or two times on each of the weekly segments. I show off my garden, which contains 150 aromatic and medicinal herbs, and discuss interesting aspects of the history and uses of several plants, and also give tips on how to cultivate them.”
A four- to six-person crew has come to Grass Valley from Hollywood seven times already, said Keville, and just finished shooting the second season for next year.
By the way, she said in an aside, “they love staying in Nevada City.”
What was it like, having a TV production unit in her garden?
“It gave me a complete appreciation for the amount of work that goes into a production and changed the way I look at TV,” she said.
“I start with makeup and hair for 1 hour or more. Then we’re on the shoot from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or longer to produce a 1/2 hour of material.”
One perk of the job was the 20 outfits the wardrobe director for TV series Deadwood bought for her.
“They discovered me,” said the herbalist, “through my Garden Forum herb show at KVMR. For the promo, they went into the station to film while I was on the air.
“They considered filming at a botanical garden near Los Angeles, but my garden has a larger selection and the public herb gardens are not always well maintained. Plus, my farm is private and very quite.” Quiet, that is, until the neighbor’s rooster crows, then the director yells, “Cut.”
Keville said shooting for the first season was hush-hush, but now she can go public.
Keville’s new book is “Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health,” and she is teaching an aromatherapy seminar in her garden Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 20-21). Call her at (530) 274-3140 to sign up.
The history of the building that now houses JJ Jackson’s in Nevada City has a long and storied history.
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