Saturday, August 27, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 117: Environmentally Friendly Gardening

In this episode, we talk with Thomas Christopher, horticulturist, author and podcaster, about environmentally friendly gardening. The plant profile is on Beautyberry and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events. This episode is sponsored by Nature's Lawn and Garden.

Links mentioned in this episode:
~ Plants and Gardens Happy Hour #1
~ Garden Revolution by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher 
~ Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill by Thomas Christopher
~ The New American Landscape by Thomas Christopher with Doug Tallamy. Rick Darke, and more
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SHOW NOTES: 01:05 Introducing guest Thomas Christopher: horticulturist, author, and podcaster. 01:42 “Was I born with chlorophyll in my veins? Perhaps.” -Thomas 03:40 From classics to cultivation 07:42 “There aren’t red-state gardeners, there aren’t blue-state gardeners. There are just beginning gardeners, experienced gardeners, and good gardeners.” - Thomas 08:40 Thomas’s home garden 12:18 What is ‘environmentally friendly gardening’? 15:08 "Create an ecology, an ecosystem.” -Thomas 16:52 The conservation of resources and limiting waste 18:02 Minimal tillage 21:28 Trees and what to do with them. 25:22 Comparing Apples to Apples 27:15 Sharing space with wildlife 31:58 More sustainable lawns 38:07 No-mow May 39:33 “It really should be ‘No-mow April.” -Kathy 40:17 Beginner-friendly native plants 42:22 Quick tips for weeds 44:08 Where does fertilizer factor in? 45:55 How to reach Thomas 47:50 “It’s a great way to learn how to relate in a healthy and cooperative way with your environment, which we’re all going to have to do much more of to survive.” -Thomas 49:09 This week’s plant profile is… Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)! 51:24 What’s new in the garden this week? Abelia and Marigolds 52:07 What’s going on around town? Plants & Gardens Happy Hours and the August 2022 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine is available for all

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:
GardenDC Podcast Episode 22: Fruit Trees, Crape Myrtle, and Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 101: Sustainable Lawn Care

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Show Notes: Jaime Breeden


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