Radio Interviews of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Gardening Tips with Emily Shelton

A weekly Saturday morning audio podcast of seasonal growing tips by Chicago Botanic Garden horticulturist Emily Shelton on newsradio WBBM. Get past tips online at chicago.cbslocal.com or click the options below to subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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Which trees will thrive in chicago in 2050?

Dr. Andrew Bell, curator of woody plants, talks about his study, Trees for 2050, which examines which trees now growing in the Chicago region will be able to thrive as we move into the 21st century.

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Gardening 101 with the Chicago Botanic Garden

Eliza Fournier, manager of the school and community gardens department at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, examines climate change's impact on gardening. What are your questions?

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Project Budburst's citizen science tracks Climate Change

Plants are shifting their bloom times to much earlier in the year for northern climates. Is it a sign of climate change? What drives bloom times of plants?

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Prairie Science Thrives at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Prairie Science Thrives at the Chicago Botanic Garden

The Dixon Prairie at the Chicago Botanic Garden seems to vibrate with trilling insects and blooming native plants. The plants are all native, so it's easy to forget that this prairie is hand-made.

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New Plant Science Center Opens at Chicago Botanic Garden

New Plant Science Center Opens at Chicago Botanic Garden

The science of conserving the plants native to Illinois and the Midwest got a boost this week: a new research center north of Chicago is using science to save the prairie.

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Benjamin Carroll, Senior Horticulturist

Benjamin Carol talks about eco-friendly gardening, rain gardens, attracting butterflies and more.

 

 

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Project Budburst

Kayri Havens, Ph.D., Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director, Institute for Plant Conservation speaks on NPR's Living on Earth about the importance of Project Budburst and tracking climate change.

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Buckthorn Removal and Restoring Native Woodlands

Kayri Havens, Ph.D., Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director, Institute for Plant Conservation talks about the problem with buckthorn and why it needs to be removed.

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Winter: the best time to Remove Buckthorn?

It's too cold to do most gardening these days. But to the Restoration Ecologist James Steffen, it's the perfect time to remove an invasive plant known as buckthorn.

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Garden Welcomes New President Sophia Siskel

Chicago Botanic Garden president and CEO Sophia Siskel takes a walk through the Garden with Steve Edwards and Eight-Forty-Eight, discussing her plans for the Garden.

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Green Youth Farm Cultivates Interest

Green Youth Farm Program Manager Angela Mason and students from Chicago's North Lawndale community speak on growing green thumbs with the help of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Learn Healthcare Garden Design at the Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden's Healthcare Garden Design program is profiled by NPR's Monique Parsons. Topics include how gardens affect health, and about designing gardens for hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical centers.

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