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Aug 18, 2017

I’m so delighted to have Karen Rexrode on the show today. Karen is giving an encore presentation of her keynote presentation, Plant Explorers, heard Saturday night at the 2017 Garden Blogger’s Fling.


Karen is a gem of horticultural wisdom - she's quite a find in her own right! Karen is a Northern Virginia Gardener, a popular garden speaker and she’s my favorite kind of subject matter expert when it comes to plants - she’s an owner operator.  Karen built Windy Hill Plant Farm, in Loudoun County, from the ground up. For 25 years, she specialized in perennials and unusual annuals.

Today, Karen is giving us an encore of her presentation on the Plant Explorers.  Karen covers 18 different Plant Explorers (or Plant Hunters as they are often called) focusing mainly on the 18th through the 20th century explorers.  Driven, brave, and curious - Plant Hunters sacrificed plenty in their quest for new species and rare specimens.  Karen does a marvelous job of bringing these fascinating explorers to life - sharing their successes, their connections, and their humanity.

Karen’s research on the Plant Explorers reminds us all about the often overlooked, yet completely enthralling  history of plant exploration.  I know I have a renewed appreciation for so many plants after listening to Karen’s keynote - and I’m hoping you will discover that same excitement - that same recognition of the history of some of the plants right in your own garden. I’m certain that you will have a new feeling a gratitude for the sacrifice and the outrageous lengths that were taken to bring the plants we know today out of the wild, out of obscurity, and into our gardens... and our hearts.

Prominent horticulturist, garden speaker and creative force, Karen Rexrode and her presentation Plant Explorers  - that's the topic of today’s show and it’s coming up after:

An update on the Listener Community for the show and this week's Garden News Roundup.

 

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The Garden News Roundup for August 18th, 2017:

 

Guest Update

Why Growing a Fall Garden is So Easy

Top 7 Peppers Every Gardener Should Grow

 

Sustainability

Its Wild – Tree Bark Peeling

An Eco-Friendly Santa Fe Garden

 

Continuing Ed

Potato

A New Respect for Lavender

5 Tips To Make Your Garden a Brazilian Paradise

How to Grow More Amazing Dahlias Than Your Neighbors

A Plant’s Not Dead Until It’s Warm and Dead

 

How To/DIY

Make yourself a “deadhead bouquet”

How to Build a Herb Spiral

How To Propagate Lavender Plants From Cuttings

 

Plant Spotlight

Black Cohosh

Glottafylum Lingwaform

12 Plants That Will Bring the Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Happy bees singing their pollinating song among...

 

In the News

I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese

More Grist for the Natives versus Nativars Debate

Former BBC Gardeners' World presenter says houseplants need nurturing, not discarding

 

Dream Guest

Best Edible Garden 2017: An Iowa Homestead by Under a Tin Roof

Science

Garden friendly bugs: 5 surprising facts about ladybugs you don't know

Lady Bugs

The rise and fall of the fall webworm

 

Shopping

Object of Desire: The Rolls Royce of Portable Outdoor Showers

These Low-Tech Egyptian Artisan Clay Pots Water Your Plants for a Month

 

Inspiration

Bryan’s Ground: Bloomsbury Revisited, on the Edge of Wales

Outbuilding of the Week: A Tiny Summerhouse in South London

The Upper Room Updated

Flowers + Balloons

 

Recipes

Recipe: Shiro Plum Coffee Cake

 

Quotables

Link to this week's quotables

 

Helpful Timestamps

 

The Garden News Roundup

Timestamp 39:06

 

Quotables

Timestamp: 1:07:10

 

Intro Karen Rexrode

Timestamp 1:13:35

 

Plant Explorers Presentation

Timestamp 1:29:12