Saturday, April 09, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 99: Trilliums

In this episode, we talk Amy Highland, Mt. Cuba Center’s director of collections and conservation lead, all about Trilliums. The plant profile is on Candytuft and I share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events.

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Show Notes: 1:31 Meet Amy Highland from Mt. Cuba Center and learn all about trilliums! 2:19 “I was that kid that was too busy picking dandelions in the outfield to be bothered with tee-ball” — Amy 4:36 Mt. Cuba Center’s mission: motivate conservation action 5:26 Amy’s varying duties at Mt. Cuba 8:14 “My first time visiting Mt. Cuba, it was like a fairy garden.” — Kathy 10:02 Kathy’s favorite spot at Mt. Cuba 11:30 Amy dispels a rumor about the trilliums at Mt Cuba 12:29 Amy explains why they deadhead trilliums at Mt. Cuba 14:46 “It’s not something you can simply stick a shovel in the ground and divide a plant.” — Amy talks about transplanting trilliums 15:35 The lighting situation for trilliums 17:06 “Plant it now for tomorrow.” — Kathy says expect trilliums to flower after 7 years 18:44 Kathy and Amy talk about deer 19:26 Amy mentions why white-tailed deer are a threat to trilliums — “I am convinced that anything in the lily family is deer candy.” 20:14 Feral pigs eat trilliums! 22:59 How non-natives can potentially protect trilliums 26:54 What to consider before purchasing a trillium 27:48 Vocab word for the day: propagules 28:51 Kathy and Amy discuss ephemerals 32:29 Kathy mentions Stinking Benjamin — “Who’s Benjamin and why does he stink?” 33:22 Amy talks about how the botanical skin care industry is poaching trilliums 37:35 The color scale of trilliums at Mt. Cuba 40:08 What the home gardener can do to help with preservation 43:05 Companion plants for trilliums 45:27 How to contact Amy and learn about Mt. Cuba 46:13 Amy talks about what makes trilliums special 47:22 Learn about the Candytuft in this week’s Plant Profile! 48:55 Channel you inner artist with Let’s Make Art 51:01 What’s new in the garden: rain all week, peas popped up, and lily of the valley are tripling 51:45 News in the gardening world: trees at Arlington National Cemetery, Ladew Topiary Gardens 14th annual garden festival, Sandy Spring Museum garden tour, and more! 53:33 Look forward to “The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City” by Teri Speight and Kathy

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If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:
GardenDC Podcast Episode 69: Garden Phlox
GardenDC Podcast Episode 20: Native Plants, Diversity in the Garden, and Sunflowers
GardenDC Podcast Episode 50: Deer-Resistant Native Plants

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Dorvall Bedford



  1. Your podcast is wonderful-- full of so much great info. Keep up the good work!


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