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The Native Plant Podcast
89 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Sarah Coury and Ben Pick, the dynamic duo that together make Saturnia Farm
Saturnia Farm in Clyde North Carolina is a nursery, flower farm, and homestead with growing and land management practices guided by principals of beauty, permaculture, and ecology. Their mission is to provide holistically-grown, affordable, specialty perennials, natives, and edible landscaping plants for the beautification and ecological benefit of Western North Carolina.
81 minutes | Dec 26, 2021
Ruth Rogers Clausen & Gregg Tepper on their new book "Deer resistant Native Plants for the Northeast"
Two friends of ours have joined forces to give us all some great suggestions for deer resistant plants for the Northeast United States. Gregg Tepper has been on the podcast before, but this time he brings one of our favorite gardening authors; Ruth Rogers Clausen. The two have combined their knowledge and poured it all into this wonderful book.
95 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Tony Gomez- Philips of the Monona Terrace
Following in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright, Tony Gomez- Philips helps to update classic design into a more sustainable light at Monona Terrace in Wisconsin.
81 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Jessica Walliser- Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control
Jessica Walliser is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening and a regular contributor to many national gardening publications. Her two weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review have been enjoyed by readers for over ten years. Her book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, was awarded the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award. Jessica received her degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University.
84 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Jeff Epping Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens on gravel gardens and meadows
Jeff Epping has been Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison WI, since 1992 where he oversees horticultural operations and the garden designs of more than 15 inspirational garden areas showcasing fantastic plants for Southern Wisconsin. Jeff and his talented staff have practiced and preached sustainable gardening for years with environmentally conscious cultural practices and innovative, award-winning designs.
62 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Sam Droege of the US Geological Survey teaches us everything you can learn about bees in one hour.
Sam Droege has been spent most of his career at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the BioBlitz, Cricket Crawl, and FrogwatchUSA programs and worked on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs. Currently he is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, online identification guides for North American bees at www.discoverlife.org, and with Jessica Zelt reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program. His group maintains high resolution photographs of insects an other macro natural history objects at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/
65 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
Mark Dwyer- Native Plants in public & private landscapes
A child of the Midwest, Mark Dwyer is a passionate gardener, plants person, designer, horticulture speaker, educator and author. He has degrees in landscape architecture (University of Illinois) and urban forestry (UW-Stevens Point) and is former Director of Horticulture at the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville WI. Currently Mark is the proprietor of Landscape Prescriptions by MD where he brings good design and an innovative use of plants to create landscapes of beauty and function for clients.
79 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Dr. Amy Johnson on the importance of private lands for grassland bird conservation
Dr. Amy Johnson is a conservation scientist and Program Director for Virginia Working Landscapes, a community-based research program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institiute. In this role, Amy leads a team that cultivates a dynamic network of private landowners, citizen scientists, NGO’s, state agencies and research scientists to collectively investigate the impacts of conservation management and land use on biodiversity in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions of VA. In addition to research, she is committed to developing a strong outreach program that communicates research findings to help inform best management practices for regional conservation partners and the community. During her Ph.D. research with George Mason University, Amy focused on the impacts of conservation and land management on breeding and over-wintering grassland bird communities in Virginia. In her role as Program Director, she continues to explore knowledge gaps pertaining to grassland bird ecology by facilitating collaborative conservation and research efforts with Smithsonian scientists and local partners. Her current research projects focus on full annual cycle modeling of grassland birds and exploring best management practices for optimizing reproductive success in species that nest in working grasslands.
64 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Cullowhee reunion episode: Sadie Walters and her "Pit stop for the birds"
Former Cullowhee Scholarship winner and current Landscape Architect Sadie Walters drops by to chat with John & Preston about her new project promoting sustainable charging stations for electric vehicles.
66 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Using Science to Save the American Chestnut Tree with Dr. Sara Fitzsimmons of the American Chestnut Foundation.
This week, John & Chris sit down with Dr. Sara 'Fern' Fitzsimmons to talk about her love of one of America's most iconic trees- the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) and to talk about it's chances of a future return to our forests.
59 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
How do Solving the Global Water Crisis and High Plains Gardening Go Together?
Eleanor Allen is the CEO of Water For People, a global nonprofit working in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to help develop sustainable water and sanitation services for millions of people. She's a social entrepreneur recognized by the Schwab Foundation, a TEDx speaker, a Water Environment Federation Fellow, and an influential Woman of Water. She serves on the board of Parametrix and the University of Colorado. We welcome her here today to talk with us about the Global Water Crisis.
63 minutes | May 15, 2021
Dr. Doug Tallamy on the Nature of Oaks
Author, Naturalist and all around good guy, Dr. Doug Tallamy joins John Magee and Capital Naturalist Alonso Abugattas to discuss one of the most important trees we can add to our landscapes- the Oak (Quercus spp.). Known to support some 570 species of life, nothing can be more supportive to wildlife habitat than our most essential tree- the mighty Oak.
75 minutes | May 6, 2021
Professor Jeff Ollerton on Pollinators & Pollination
During a career spanning more than 30 years, Professor Jeff Ollerton has established himself as one of the world’s leading experts on pollinators and pollination. The author of more than 120 articles and book chapters, his highly-cited, ground-breaking research has been used by national and international agencies to support efforts to conserve pollinators and their pollination services.
70 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Matthew Martin of Restoration Horticulture
For the last 10 years, Matthew has been managing the buildings and grounds of the Danvers Historical Society. There, Matthew's mission has been to restore the historic gardens as well as implement strategies to build resiliency into the landscape. Matthew also has a strong passion for using horticulture as a vehicle to educate the community about history, nature and our place in nature.
64 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Matt Bright of Earth Sangha native plant nursery and Alonso Abugattas
Matt Bright has been the Conservation Manager at Earth Sangha, an organization his parents founded in 1998 since 2011. Before that, he worked as a volunteer firefighter and EMT while attending Kenyon College in Ohio. Matt now splits his time between managing the Wild Plant Nursery -- Washington DC region's largest grower of exclusively local ecotype native plants, collecting seeds, sustainably and with permission from wild plant populations, and assisting with local restoration projects.
67 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Celia Vuocolo of the Piedmont Environmental Council on Trout Habitat
Celia Vuocolo manages PEC’s Sustainable Habitat Program. She works with landowners interested in managing their property for wildlife habitat, provides outreach and education on wildlife and land stewardship, works on wildlife conservation policy issues and watershed-scale restoration initiatives, and also manages PEC’s conservation lands. She's here today to talk to us about the work PEC is doing to protect trout habitat and the role native plants play in that process.
63 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Michael Myers of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
On today's show, John sits down with Michael Myers of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy to talk about how local non-profits can help educate the public and conserve areas for wildlife habitat.
68 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Storm water management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with Beth Ginter of the CCLC
Beth Ginter, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, drops by to tell us about their certification for Professional Landscapers (CBLP) to help clean storm water runoff before it reaches the Bay.
78 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Revisiting Rafinesque with John Boggan of the Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Botanist John Boggan drops by to talk about why plants are named as they are and why plant names change from time to time.
47 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Welcome to Season 6!
At long last season 6 has arrived and in this first episode, John previews what we'll be diving into.
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