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We Dig Plants® brings the Culture to Horticulture. Examining our human interaction with plants via authors, industry professionals, historians, plants people, cooks, gardeners & artists and combining our 20 plus years of designing gardens, we delve into the magic, power and influence of plants within a global context and share that charm with international listeners.

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We Dig Plants® brings the Culture to Horticulture. Examining our human interaction with plants via authors, industry professionals, historians, plants people, cooks, gardeners & artists and combining our 20 plus years of designing gardens, we delve into the magic, power and influence of plants within a global context and share that charm with international listeners.

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By Kkhalifeh - Jun 29 2017
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This is a wonderful podcast - I wish I had discovered it sooner!

kinda like the secret life of plants

By nirenire - Nov 19 2014
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From growing tips, to history, to culture—Alice and Carmen are so much fun.

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48 Ratings
Average Ratings
40
3
2
2
1

Great!

By Kkhalifeh - Jun 29 2017
Read more
This is a wonderful podcast - I wish I had discovered it sooner!

kinda like the secret life of plants

By nirenire - Nov 19 2014
Read more
From growing tips, to history, to culture—Alice and Carmen are so much fun.

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We Dig Plants

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We Dig Plants® brings the Culture to Horticulture. Examining our human interaction with plants via authors, industry professionals, historians, plants people, cooks, gardeners & artists and combining our 20 plus years of designing gardens, we delve into the magic, power and influence of plants within a global context and share that charm with international listeners.

Episode 95: David Austin Roses with Michael Marriott

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This week on We Dig Plants, Carmen Devito and Alice Marcus Krieg are joined via the telephone by Michael Marriott, the rosarian at David Austin Roses. David Austin is now 86 years old, and is still an enthusiastic plant breeder! Tune into this episode to learn about the myth of the English Rose, and how roses have developed to over time and through numerous cross-breeding experiments. Learn about the differences between old and modern rose species, and why some rose hybrids seem to lack “charm”. Hear why Michael left his job growing rubber to become a rosarian! Hear how rose fragrances affect our brains. What roses sell best in the United States? Find out on this episode of We Dig Plants! This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

“The great problem in the States is the differences in climates… is huge and varieties will cope very well in one climate and do absolutely dreadful in another climate.” [21:40]

“A rose that is not fragrant misses the point, really.” [15:45]

Michael Marriott on We Dig Plants

Nov 12 2012

37mins

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Episode 135: Mycology, Foraging & Wild Food

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Ever want to forage for your own food? Ever wonder which mushrooms you come across in nature are safe to eat? Interested in mycology? Today’s episode of We Dig Plants is for you! Tune in as Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus Krieg are joined by forager Michael Heim. Michael’s interest in plants began while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha, when he took a Horticulture class to satisfy a “hard science” requirement. Around the same time he learned how to forage for wild mushrooms. The passion was “planted”! Since then he has been fusing his passion for spirits and culinary creations with his passion for botany, mycology, and wild foods. This program was brought to you by Chefs Collaborative.


“It’s healthy to have skepticism about what you eat – it’s just a matter of how you apply that.” [09:00]

“If I wanted to be a gourmet mushroom farmer, I would just buy a forrest and say I’m a farmer.” [22:00]

“Mushrooms are the gate keeper between life and death. Without mushrooms, we don’t have soil.” [37:00]

–Michael Heim on We Dig Plants

Sep 22 2014

45mins

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Episode 90: Then She Fell with Third Rail Projects

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Carmen Devito and Alice Marcus Krieg are back with all new episodes of We Dig Plants! This week, Carmen and Alice discuss one of their recent garden projects with Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett Millman of Third Rail Projects. Carmen and Alice designed a site-specific garden for Then She Fell, a Victorian Alice in Wonderland interpretation that takes place inside of the old Greenpoint Hospital building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Hear about how the tension is created by the contrasting setting and story, and how this duality furthers conflict in the production. Learn why this project was particularly liberating for Carmen and Alice in terms of creating a garden to suit the Victorian theme. Tune in to hear Tom and Jennine discuss their respective character roles, and how the site-specific nature of the play influences their understanding of the characters’ personalities. Welcome back, We Dig Plants! This episode has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

“Even the taste experiences are partnered with the actual performance components.” — Tom Pearson of Then She Fell on We Dig Plants

“The Victorians couldn’t get loose in other ways, but they could go into the glasshouse or orangery and be exotic and be free.” — Carmen Devito on We Dig Plants

Sep 24 2012

32mins

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Episode 86: The Founding Gardeners

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This week on We Dig Plants tune in for a transatlantic conversation with renown garden historian Andrea Wulf. Calling from across the pond Ms. Wulfe gives us an in-depth history lesson of the plants of the revolutionary times based upon her recent book, The Founding Gardeners. From the seeds that Benjamin Franklin sent over from England right before the Declaration of Independence to the gardens at Monticello, learn about the fascinating way in which America came into its own true horticultural identity and even how the choice of gardens at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, with it’s all native plants, mirrors the revolution itself. This episode is sponsored by White Oak Pastures

“Jefferson and Adams went on a garden tour in 1786 [in England] . . and they go into several gardens and what they see, what was very fashionable in England at that time, they see so-called ‘ornamental farms’. So these are gardens that combine elements of working land with elements of a pleasure grant. . . and it was this combination of beautiful and useful that appeal to them . . so when they returned to America later they incorporated these elements because it very much chimed with their vision of America as a country of vast lands that would feed the nation but also of sublime beauty.”

“And on the brink of the war Washington writes a letter to his estate manager in Mount Vernon and advises him to on plant native American species,so he’s telling him go to my forest and pick up these plants and shrubs and plant them in my garden. It is almost as if this is his horticultural declaration of independence.”

“Until then American gardeners tried to recreate the Old World in their gardens and there [Washington] is ripping them out [at Mount Vernon] and replacing them with native species. He is creating what I would call the very first truly American garden. He uses his garden almost like a canvas to make this political statement.”

“Washington’s idea behind a national university is that we have these 13 states together now but we really have to mature from being a war alliance to being a truly united nation. . and he believed if you would bring these young men together at a young age, studying together, learning together, they would become one and they would believe in America’s destiny as a united country. And the national botanical garden should belong to the university because if they would see all these trees from all 13 states growing together in horticultural union again that would give them the sense of ‘we are one country’.”

–Andrea Wulf on We Dig Plants

Feb 16 2012

41mins

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Episode 38: Bulb Drama

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This week on We Dig Plants Alice and Carmen tackle the drama of the tulip bulb. Take a look back as far as Greek mythology for a glance at the role tulips have played in the human experience (including reputed healing powers). Find out why you have to plan ahead to plant them, and learn why they can be such a cash crop in Holland and yet so simultaneously unreliable. This episode was sponsored by Acme Smoked Fish: a mainstay in the NYC culinary market for over 55 years.

Oct 17 2010

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Episode 124: Better Gardening Tools with Blake Schreck

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What makes quality gardening tools? This week on We Dig Plants, Carmen Devito and Alice Marcus Krieg catch up with Blake Schreck of Garden Tool Co. to talk wood, steel, and weeds! Learn about the history of gardening tools at the top of the show, and later hear Blake dig into the specifics of strong and versatile steel. What garden tools are generally best sellers? Why did Blake decide to host his gardening tool shop online? Learn about European tool-making traditions, and whether or not American toolmakers can shake a stick at their counterparts overseas. Don’t miss this week’s edition of We Dig Plants! Thanks to our sponsor, Cain Vineyard & Winery. Music by Four Lincolns.



“Carbon steel is a great product, and many manufacturers add boron to their carbon steel to make it even stronger. They’re going the extra mile to make tools that last.” [14:00]

“With garden tools, there’s a fine line between too hard and too soft.” [15:10]

Blake Schreck on We Dig Plants

Jan 06 2014

42mins

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Episode 42: The Pear Show

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This week on We Dig Plants Alice and Carmen continue their Fruit Series with Pears! Joining them is guest Sarah Lohman of http://www.fourpoundsflour.com/, a sort of culinary time-traveler who collects old recipes, classic ingredients, and combines them just as they would have been cooked long, long ago. Learn the history of the pear, its biological cousins, how it was served traditionally, and how they’re grown on this pear-shaped episode of We Dig Plants. This episode was sponsored by Cabot Cheese of Vermont, Dairy Farm Family owned since 1919

Nov 14 2010

45mins

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Episode 113: What A Plant Knows

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How do plants experience their surroundings? This week on We Dig Plants, Alice Marcus-Krieg and Carmen Devito are chatting with Danny Chamowitz, professor at the Tel Aviv University and the author of What A Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses. Learn how plants’ perceptions of light and color help them to survive. Find out whether or not plants can smell, and how they react to decay or disease around them. What cause fruit to ripen? Later, find out how plants’ awareness of gravity influence their growth patterns. Do plants have any memory capabilities? Find out all of this and more on this week’s edition of We Dig Plants, and take Danny Chamowitz’s class on Coursera! Thanks to our sponsor, S. Wallace Edwards & Sons. Music provided by SNOWMINE.

“Plants must be able to adapt to a very sensory environment without being able to escape from it.” [8:50]

Danny Chamowitz on We Dig Plants

Sep 30 2013

32mins

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Episode 32: Unusual Veggies

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This week on We Dig Plants join Carmen and Alice as they speak to Scott Apell, horticultural taxonomist, about some of the stranger and more exotic vegetables available this summer. Learn about snow peas with extra serrated wings, why eggplants are never guys, and the best way to make gooseberry pie! This episode was sponsored by White Oak Pastures.


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Aug 29 2010

30mins

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Episode 45: The Citrus Show

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Moving right along in their Fruit of the Month series, Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus Krieg are joined by friend and guest Scott Appel to discuss the misunderstood and often forgotten history of citrus. Tune in to learn about the many stories and travels surrounding the citrus plant family, and find out which of your favorite fruits are man made hybrids. Also listen in for a special candied citrus recipe from Scott Appel! This episode was brought to you by Hearst Ranch; the largest single-source supplier of grassfed and grass finished beef.

Dec 12 2010

36mins

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Episode 93: Noel Kingsbury 2.0

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Noel Kingsbury returns on this week’s installment of We Dig Plants! Noel is a horticulturist, garden designer, and contributor to publications such as House & Garden, The Financial Times, and Acta Horticulturae. Tune in to hear Carmen Devito and Alice Marcus Krieg talk with Noel about the importance and difficulty of gathering plant knowledge. Noel also talks about his upcoming trip to South America, where he plans to assist a young gardener in using native Uruguayan plants in garden design. Also, Noel expounds upon the importance of community in spreading plant information. Hear about Noel’s upcoming gardening soap opera Dig, Plant and Bitch! Noel also speaks to the prevalence of social class in British comedy, and how that has made its way into his writing. Later, Noel, Alice, and Carmen talk about the role of The Highline in Manhattan in educating the public about different varieties of plants and planting. This episode has been brought to you by Fairway Market.

“There’s a number of people who perhaps do a little bit of garden design and are rather good at the spatial sort of things but don’t have a lot of plant knowledge. If you can give people shortcuts to learning how to read the plant, then they’ll be good.”

Noel Kingsbury on We Dig Plants

Oct 15 2012

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Episode 105: Orchids with Dave Horak

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Learn the delicate art of orchid growing on this week’s episode of We Dig Plants. Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito call up orchid expert Dave Horak of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Greater New York Orchid Society. Learn about the origins of the Greater New York Orchid Society, and why public perceptions of the plant have changed over the years. Hear why orchids are able to grow in most climates! How have orchid prices and overexposure popularized different varieties and species of the plant? What are some of Dave’s favorite places to check out and purchase orchids? Find out on today’s We Dig Plants! This episode has been sponsored by Fairway Market.

“On average, more than one orchid species is discovered everyday. It’s staggering how many new species keep coming to light out in the wild as new areas are opened up.” [10:50]

Dave Horak on We Dig Plants

Feb 04 2013

36mins

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Episode 3: Tropical Houseplants for Winter Escapes

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Feeling down? Listen to this week’s episode of We Dig Plants to discover how indoor plants can change your mood during the dreary months of winter.

Jan 24 2010

32mins

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Episode 206: Zone Envy – Zone 7

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 7 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes our home state of New York, as well as Virginia.

Joining them are Dr. Cait Field, Manager for Science and Research Development at Freshkills Park in Staten Island, and Symsi Houser, ‎Operations Coordinator for the Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation.

Jun 20 2017

51mins

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Episode 106: Mycophiliac Eugenia Bone

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We Dig Fungus! On today’s episode of We Dig Plants, Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito are joined by Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia. Tune into this episode to hear Eugenia talk about the similarities between fungi and animals, and the pervasiveness of fungi in our ecosystem. Learn how plants often depend on fungi for nutrients through symbiosis! How have fungal infections of food supplies caused mass hysteria in the past? Also, did you know that most plants are inhabited by fungi? Learn more about mycology on this week’s installment of We Dig Plants! This program has been brought to you by Fairway Market.

“You have more in common with a mushroom than the bacteria in your own gut.” [9:35]

“There are no terrestrial plants without fungi. The two have been symbiotic for as far back as archeological study.” [18:15]

Eugenia Bone on We Dig Plants

Feb 11 2013

33mins

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Episode 120: Plimoth Plantation Garden

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How was the first Thanksgiving actually celebrated? This week on We Dig Plants, Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito are getting historical with Lorie Danek and Kelly Araujo of the Plimoth Plantation garden! Tune into this episode to learn what types of vegetables were cultivated and introduced to the Pilgrims in the 1600s. Are these plant varieties still available and widely consumed? Learn more about the agricultural techniques that the Pilgrims learned, and why compost was not common in the Old World until after the arrival at Plimoth. Hear what the Plimoth Plantation offers foodies and horticulturalists today, and why visiting Plimoth on Thanksgiving is never a bad idea! This program has been brought to you by Brooklyn Slate. Music by Four Lincolns.

“Maize is what the Pilgrims grew the most of that first year. They sowed twenty acres, along with barley and peas.” [27:55]

Lorie Danek on We Dig Plants

Nov 25 2013

44mins

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Episode 207: Zone Envy – Zone 6

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 6 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes Utah and western New York.

Geoff Ellis is a landscape architect in Salt Lake City. He was born and raised in Utah and received a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University. He is the Past President of the Utah Associated Garden Clubs and currently the President of the Alternative Garden Club.

Sally Cunningham is a garden writer, educator, and CNLP (landscape professional), well known in Buffalo after 23 years on Channel 4 (WIVB-TV) and as columnist for the Buffalo News and Buffalo Spree magazine. She is formerly a Master Gardener and Cooperative Extension Agent. She is also author of Great Garden Companions which has sold 50,000 copies. She leads Great Garden Travel for AAA around the U.S. and Europe.

Jul 11 2017

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Episode 112: Autumn Plants with Tim Kane

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Fall is the perfect time to plant! This week on We Dig Plants, Alice Marcus-Krieg and Carmen Devito are chatting with innovative nursery owner Tim Kane. Tim’s Prides Corner Farms supply plants for all seasons to gardeners and landscapers alike. Hear how Tim hopes to make gardeners question the common idea that planting should be done only in the springtime. Later, Tim talks about plant branding, and how marketing plants can expose different varieties to horticulture enthusiasts. What annuals are perennials are going to be popular this fall? Find out on this week’s edition of We Dig Plants! Today’s show has been brought to you by Fairway Market. Music has been provided by Obey City.

“There’s a little bit of method to our madness… We want to be able to sell throughout the season. What you’re selling in April, you aren’t going to be selling in July or August. So we want to provide for our customers in all seasons.” [12:05]

Sep 23 2013

31mins

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Episode 178: Planting in a Post Wild World

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This week on We Dig Plants , solo host Alice Marcus Krieg is on the line with Thomas Rainer.  Thomas is a landscape architect, teacher, and writer who lives in Arlington, Virginia. He has designed landscapes for the United States Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the New York Botanical Garden, and recently teamed up with Claudia West to write the book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes.” These two leading voices in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, Planting in a Post-Wild World is an optimistic manifesto pointing the way to the future of planting design.

Jan 25 2016

47mins

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Episode 150: A Secret Garden and What Makes a Flower BLUE

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What makes a flower blue? What is true blue? Get your brain working on a colorful episode of We Dig Plants!. For their 150th episode, Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus Krieg are joined by friend and horticulturist Scott Appell, who helps them break down the science behind plant color and what it means for garden design! This program was brought to you by White Oak Pastures.

Jan 12 2015

49mins

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Episode 212: Zone Envy – Zone 1

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On our season finale, host Carmen Devito visits Zone 1 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes Alaska, and also revisits Zone 13, which includes Puerto Rico.

First, we hear from Peter Johnson and Rusty Foreaker, agronomists with Alaska's Department of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture. After the break, we're joined by Dr. Grizelle González, Project Leader of the Research and Development Unit at the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico.

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Dec 12 2017

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Episode 211: Zone Envy – Zone 2

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 2 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes Fairbanks, Alaska, where our first guest Cyndie Warbelow is a gardener.

After the break, we're joined by Marta McDowell, author of The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired the Little House Books.

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Nov 14 2017

58mins

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Episode 210: Zone Envy – Zone 3

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 3 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes parts of Alaska.

Joining them on the line is Jeff Lowenfels, the author of a trilogy of award winning books on plants and soil, and the longest running garden columnist in North America.

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Oct 17 2017

56mins

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Episode 209: Zone Envy – Zone 4

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 4 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes the Wisconsin prairie.

A pioneer in the native plant industry and recognized internationally as an expert in native plant community ecology, Neil Diboll has guided the growth of Prairie Nursery for 30 years. He has dedicated his life to the propagation of native plants and their promotion as uniquely beautiful, ecologically beneficial and sustainable solutions for landscapes and gardens. In 2013 Neil was the recipient of the Great American Gardeners Award from the American Horticultural Society.

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Sep 19 2017

55mins

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Episode 208: Zone Envy – Zone 5

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 5 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes parts of both Nebraska and Iowa.

Del and Alice Hemsath are members of Nebraska's Soil Sisters and Misters Garden Club, which promotes education of the general public about the importance of outside activities for health, supports community projects, and provides education for youth and adults.

Kelly Norris is an award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the first director of horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a newly revitalized public garden in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Aug 22 2017

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Episode 207: Zone Envy – Zone 6

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 6 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes Utah and western New York.

Geoff Ellis is a landscape architect in Salt Lake City. He was born and raised in Utah and received a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University. He is the Past President of the Utah Associated Garden Clubs and currently the President of the Alternative Garden Club.

Sally Cunningham is a garden writer, educator, and CNLP (landscape professional), well known in Buffalo after 23 years on Channel 4 (WIVB-TV) and as columnist for the Buffalo News and Buffalo Spree magazine. She is formerly a Master Gardener and Cooperative Extension Agent. She is also author of Great Garden Companions which has sold 50,000 copies. She leads Great Garden Travel for AAA around the U.S. and Europe.

Jul 11 2017

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Episode 206: Zone Envy – Zone 7

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 7 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes our home state of New York, as well as Virginia.

Joining them are Dr. Cait Field, Manager for Science and Research Development at Freshkills Park in Staten Island, and Symsi Houser, ‎Operations Coordinator for the Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation.

Jun 20 2017

51mins

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Episode 205: Slow Food in Denver: Deeply Rooted

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John Coykendall is a renowned heirloom seed saver, a classically trained artist, and Master Gardener at Blackberry Farm, one of America’s top resorts. For nearly four decades, Coykendall’s passion has been preserving the farm heritage – the seeds and stories - of a small, farming culture in Southeastern Louisiana, and this work is the subject of a new documentary, Deeply Rooted, from Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The documentary will be screening at Slow Food Nations in Denver this July.

Jun 13 2017

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Episode 204: Zone Envy – Zone 8

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This month on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 8 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes the great state of Texas.

First, they're joined by Master Gardener Jenny Peterson of J. Peterson Garden Design, which has been creating cool gardens in the Austin area since 2001. She is also the author of The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion: Cultivating Hope, Healing & Joy in the Ground Beneath Your Feet.

After the break, Rick Herman of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute tells us about the organization's 507- acre site, which is comprised of semi-desert grasslands and igneous rock outcrops.

May 23 2017

55mins

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Episode 203: Zone Envy – Zone 9

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On the summer season premiere of We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito visit Zone 9 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes New Orleans and Palm Springs.

First up is Ann Macdonald, director of The New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways. Employees at the Department of Parks and Parkways perform an enormous number of tasks to maintain and upgrade public green spaces, and to re-green and beautify New Orleans.

After the break, we’re joined by Troy Bankord of Troy Bankord Design, which specializes in landscape and interior design, consultation, and project installations in Palm Springs, San Francisco, Long Beach, Las Vegas, the Midwest, and the across The Desert Southwest.

May 09 2017

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Episode 202: Zone Envy – Zone 10

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This week on We Dig Plants, Alice and Carmen examine Zone 10 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes parts of Oregon, Florida, and Arizona.

First, we're joined by Chris Daly, a senior research professor at Oregon State University, and founding director of the PRISM Climate Group. Next up is Denyse Cunningham, curator of the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. And last but not least, we hear from Humberto Hernandez, farm superintendent of the University of Arizona.

Mar 21 2017

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Episode 201: Zone Envy – Zone 11

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This week on We Dig Plants, Alice and Carmen examine Zone 11 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which includes both Hawaii and Florida.

First, we're joined by Brandon von Damitz, co-founder of Big Island Coffee Roasters in Hawaii. After the break, we meet James Jiler of Urban GreenWorks, an organization which provides environmental programs and green job training to incarcerated men and women, youth remanded by court to drug rehab and at-risk high-school youth in low-income neighborhoods.

Feb 28 2017

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Episode 200: Zone Envy – Zones 12 and 13

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On the season premiere of We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito introduce a new series examining the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, taking you across the country one zone at a time. The map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

This week, we're joined by Scott Appell of Puerto Rico's Zone 13, and Tobias Koehler of Hawaii's Zone 12.

Jan 24 2017

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Episode 199: The High Line! Symbol of Transformation and Grace

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Grace, thirty feet above the Most Urban of Jungles. On the season finale of We Dig Plants, senior gardener John Gunderson joins Alice and Carmen to discuss gardening and garden practices at the High Line public park.

Dec 12 2016

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Episode 198: Betsy Barlow Rogers and the Green Metropolis

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This week on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito are joined in the studio by Elizabeth "Betsy" Barlow Rogers, a landscape designer, landscape preservationist and writer, whose lasting memorial is the revitalization of Central Park, New York City. This took place under her guidance as the first Central Park Administrator, and through the Central Park Conservancy, a private not-for-profit corporation that was founded, largely through Rogers' efforts, in 1980 to bring citizen support to the restoration and renewed management of Central Park.

Betsy is also the author of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability.

Dec 05 2016

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Episode 197: The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles

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This week on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito speak with renowned forager, food educator, and author Mike Krebill over the phone on his book, The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles: Learn How to Forage, Prepare & Eat 40 Wild Foods.

Organic supermarkets are common for New Yorkers and few of us are foraging for sustenance, but the practice of finding edible plants in the wild is actually on the rise. We go “Into the Wild” with Mike and discuss how his portable, instructional guide, featuring a curated selection of thirty-three best-tasting plants and seven of his personal favorite mushrooms, is inspiring and informing adults and the next generation of foragers.

Nov 28 2016

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Episode 196: Caroline Seebohm and Curtice Taylor

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This week on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito are joined by Caroline Seebohm and Curtice Taylor, author and photographer, respectively, of the book Rescuing Eden: Preserving America's Historic Gardens.

From simple 18th- and early 19th-century gardens to the lavish estates of the Gilded Age, the gardens started by 1930s inmates at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay to the centuries-old camellias at Middleton Place near Charleston, South Carolina—Rescuing Eden celebrates the history of garden design in the United States, with twenty-eight examples that have been saved by ardent conservationists and generous private owners, and opened to the public.

Nov 21 2016

46mins

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Episode 195: Community Garden History in NYC with GrowNYC.org

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This week on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito are joined in the studio by Gerard Lordahl, Director of Open Space Greening for GrowNYC.

GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers, providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our city and environment. With over 30 years of experience in urban and community gardening, Gerard currently leads a dedicated team of city-wide environmental professionals who design, maintain and coordinate services for hundreds of community, school, and roof-top garden projects each year.

Nov 14 2016

53mins

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Episode 194: Eight Flavors with Sarah Lohman

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This week on We Dig Plants, hosts Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito are joined by Sarah Lohman, author of the forthcoming Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. The book introduces the explorers, merchants, botanists, farmers, writers, and chefs whose choices came to define the American palate, and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed the way we eat.

Nov 07 2016

53mins

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Episode 193: The Garden Awakening

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On this Halloween edition of We Dig Plants, hosts Alice and Carmen are joined by Mary Reynolds, a landscape designer and author of the book The Garden Awakening: Designs To Nurture Our Land and Ourselves. The book is a step by step instruction manual drawing on ancient methods of working with the land and using them to invite the power and energy of nature back into your life and surround your house and life in its life giving healing embrace.

Introduction to the book:

Everything becomes simple if you immerse yourself in nature. Life’s complications melt away, leaving only the truth of the present moment, and the presence of what I call God. In this place we can see our soul reflected in every living thing, every gust of wind and splash of rain, and here we can find peace. This is our true home. Yet we are losing what little wild places we have left in nature, those corners where the spirits of the earth are flowing freely, where harmony, and balance still exists and we feel accepted for the truth of who we are. We have gone off course and need to find our way again. An old pathway, overgrown and forgotten, is waiting impatiently to lead us back home. Nature is willing us on.

A feature length movie based on Mary's true life story will be released in 2016. This focuses on the story of Mary's journey to build a gold medal winning garden at the Chelsea flower show.

Oct 24 2016

45mins

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