Saturday, November 18, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 174: Wildscaping

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we chat with Nancy Lawsonauthor of Wildscape* and The Human Gardener*. The plant profile is on Mock Orange and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with the Last Word on Visiting the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum by Christy Page at the Food Gardening Network.

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Show Notes: 00:00:40 Nancy Lawson, author of Wildscape and The Humane Gardener. 00:01:58 Was she born with a green thumb? 00:02:08 Gardening with native plants is important. 00:04:05 Where she resides now: Sykesville, MD, in Howard County 00:07:39 Nancy Lawson career choices - Was it a green career path? 00:10:33 Using plants to coexist with wildlife 00:13:23 Native plants protect against deer 00:14:38 Advice for people who stop planting because of deer 00:16:57 Larry Wiener's book 00:18:32 Not just Deer munching around 00:19:51 Trap crop 00:23:09 Consider animals' senses in gardening 00:27:55 Animals use scent for survival 00:29:54 Research by Martha Weiss at Georgetown 00:33:02 Interactions between plants and animals 00:34:00 Breaking down more and more wood 00:39:40 Importance of expanding perception 00:52:52. Promote native plants for wildlife 00:53:10 Mock orange is a fragrant shrub that can be propagated by taking cuttings in the summer 01:00:17 Explore the beauty of urban gardening and find inspiration for transforming your own space 01:04:49 A visit to the impressive Minneapolis Landscape Arboretum

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Interview Edit and Show Notes: Christine Folivi


*You can order Wildscape by Nancy Lawson at and The Humane Gardener at links are to our Amazon affiliate accounts and we may earn a few pennies from their sales, but this does not impact your purchase price.

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