Your weekly half-hour program about environmentally informed gardening. Each week we bring you a different expert, a leading voice on gardening in partnership with Nature. Our goal is to make your landscape healthier, more beautiful, more sustainable, and more fun.
Wannabe Greener aims to make the eco movement accessible for everyone, encouraging positive action through small achievable changes that benefit ourselves, as well as the environment. Honing in on a single topic each fortnight, Harriet Robinson meets inspirational people whose actions are influencing big environmental shifts. Their in-depth discussions break down myths, and offer advice and tips for those wanting to follow in their footsteps. Harriet Robinson is a journalist and presenter, f ...
Behind the environmental conservation buzzwords, there are complex and fascinating stories about how us humans are reimagining how we interact with our environment. From revitalizing the concrete channels of the Los Angeles River to preserving the salmon rich waters of Southeast Alaska to rethinking the sprawling agricultural empires of the American Midwest, the Greener Us Podcast explores the science, philosophy, and artistry driving the green revolution. Living sustainably starts with know ...
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This weekly podcast series is for people who love to garden and spend time outdoors and who really care about environmental stewardship. Hosted by Joe Lamp?l, national gardening television personality and author of The Green Gardener's Guide, Joe shares his unique, insiders perspective with NPR style stories, interviews with nationally acclaimed experts, answers listener's questions and offers useful tips, all in a fresh, insightful and entertaining way.
This show is for survivors, by survivors. Each week I'm joined by an inspiring individual who has overcome a traumatic childhood to go on to not only survive, but thrive. Sharing their story to help inspire you to overcome the lasting effects of your childhood trauma. You will find that you are not alone in what you are going through, and that no matter how difficult things are now, there is always hope that you can transcend your past and live the life you were meant to live.
Ecological garden consultant Kim Eierman discusses her book, The Pollinator Victory Garden, and easy ways you can turn your yard into a beautiful and hospitable habitat for these essential and threatened creatures.
Happy Girl Kitchen Co. in Pacific Grove, California is a place where food is fun. In this episode, we talk with Happy Girl’s co-founder/owner, Jordan Champagne, about the magic of local harvests, building community through food, and how to look at food production from a farmer’s perspective. More links to resources from the show: It Starts with Fru…
How can you get others around you to care about sustainability as much as you do? Environmentalist and founder of sustainability coaching platform, Coaching for Cause, Manuel Bergmann, believes the best way is to lead by example. A German now living in Bali, Manuel talks to Harriet about the misconceptions we have of how different cultures treat th…
Organic lawn expert Shay Lunseth details the green-up program she applies to 1,500 lawns every spring
If you look at Bitcoin from a philosophical perspective, you see a system that has the potential to fundamentally change how human civilizations function. And two words capture the essence of Bitcoin philosophy - scarcity and decentralization. In this episode, we talk with Bitcoin software developer Fontaine Denton about why central banks have too …
Fruit grower and author Michael Phillips discusses an approach to maintaining an orchard that involves enhancing the ecology rather than a reliance on synthetic pesticides
Nemo Gould is an artist, sculptor, compulsive collector of things, and self-described ‘Chairman of the Hoard’. He makes kinetic sculptures from found objects, repurposing what most of us would consider junk to create weird and wonderful art. In this episode, Nemo and I discuss his work in the context of the sustainability movement and how we can al…
Horticulturist Krissy Boys describes her project to create a biodiverse "native lawn" at the Cornell University Botanic Gardens
The pristine Chilkat River Valley in Southeast Alaska is a special place. In this episode, we talk with documentary filmmaker Connor Gallagher about his film, Rock, Paper, Fish that tells the story of how residents of this valley are dealing with a proposed mining operation in the mountains above Klukwan and Haines - two communities nestled along t…
The award-winning period plastic campaigner Ella Daish talks to Harriet about her inspirational journey from Royal Mail postal worker to full time environmental campaigner. She details the worrying extent of the problem of period plastic, which is the fifth most common item washed up on Europe's beaches. As well as explaining what needs to change &…
Native plants expert Gregg Tepper discusses the new book he has co-authored with Ruth Rogers, Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast, and lays out strategies for co-existing with these voracious herbivores
In the Greener Us pilot episode, we talk with Marcus Eriksen of The 5 Gyres Institute about the insidious nature of single-use plastics, how to rethink our relationship with plastic, and the promise of using science, policy, and circular economies to fix the plastic problem. More links to resources from the show: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Mar…
Behind the environmental conservation buzz words, there are complex and fascinating stories about how us humans are reimagining how we interact with our environment. From revitalizing the concrete channels of the Los Angeles River to preserving the salmon rich waters of Southeast Alaska to rethinking the sprawling agricultural empires of the Americ…
Todd Forrest, vice president of horticulture and living collections at the New York Botanical Garden describes the 50-acre first growth forest flourishing in the Bronx and the lessons it can teach us about gardening and ecological restoration
An urban gardener, blogger and founder of The Farm In My Flat, Joyce van Dam believes everyone can grow their own food, even inside a small apartment like her own. Joyce talks to Harriet about how to get started with your indoor farm, the many benefits it brings and her top tips for keeping your home thriving with edible plants. By growing your own…
Tom Coward, head gardener at Gravetye Manor, details the legacy of the garden's founder, William Robinson, the Irishman who revolutionized English gardening in the 19th century.
Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of best-selling Bringing Nature Home and Nature's Best Hope, discusses a new on-line initiative, Homegrown National Park
Growing up in Kenya Sapna Mulki was forced to appreciate the importance of water, which was often very scarce, but was surprised to learn others take it for granted. Globally more than a billion people are currently living without enough clean safe water. Sapna, a water consultant & host of the podcast Breaking Green Ceilings, is trying to change t…
Marc Wolf, executive director of the Mountain Top Arboretum, escorts us through its stunning native habitats, homegrown education center, and ecological gardens
Author and garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden shares her book, The New Heirloom Garden, and details the environmental and culinary advantages of heirloom vegetables and fruits
The founder of Food Empowerment Project, lauren Ornelas, talks to Harriet about the human impact of our food choices and her journey into activism. lauren believes we need to look beyond veganism, highlighting the exploitation of farm workers, including children, for products we all enjoy on a regular basis. She gives advice on how to make more emp…
Mary Menniti describes her program to recognize and document the wonderful, resource-efficient and eco-friendly gardens of the Italian-American immigrant community.
Chris Wiesinger of The Southern Bulb Company describes his adventures in exploring the back roads and rural homesteads of Texas in pursuit of regionally adapted, heirloom flower bulbs.
Author and horticulturist Kelly D. Norris discusses his brand new book, New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden
What's the connection between mind-body practices and environmental activism? Kayla Robertson, founder of the wellness platform and podcast Moving Inward, believes the journey to becoming and remaining an effective activist begins with prioritising your inner self; keeping your personal well-being in check through practices such as mindfulness, med…
Sculptor Dan Snow shares the process by which he creates structures both practical and fantastic with stone, building without the use of mortar and commonly with materials collected from the landscape.
Kathleen Groll Connolly of, noted creator of native landscapes, details natural, herbicide-free techniques she uses to clear a site of invasive species and prepare it for replanting
Carrie Brown-Lima, Director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, discusses the evolving threat from invasive plant and animal species, and how they are reacting to a changing climate
"Sustainable" gardening is not enough, according to landscape designer Trevor Smith, past president of the Ecological Landscape Alliance. Trevor's goal is to restore the landscape to full health with his "regenerative landscaping."
A sneak peak at what we've got lined up for the second series of Wannabe Greener. New episodes from January 2021.由Harriet Robinson
Distinguished horticulturist and in-demand speaker Wambui Ippolito discusses her experience as an East African immigrant in American gardening, and the special gifts that immigrants can and have brought to the re-invention of the American landscape
Distinguished horticulturist and author Robert Kourik shares his research on the benefits – and potential liabilities – of garden mulches, with tips on how to use this garden stand-by most effectively.
Dr. Matthew Koski of Clemson University describes his research into the colors of common wildflowers and their response over the last 75 years to changes in the climate and resulting changes to levels of ultraviolet light. These color changes threaten to affect relationships with pollinators and the flowers' reproductive success.…
Distinguished horticulturist Abra Lee shares her research into the stories of her African-American predecessors and how their contributions helped shape the American landscape
Horticulturist and forager Ellen Zachos discusses her book, The Wildcrafted Cocktail, about incorporating the flavors of wild-collected plants into a unique and delicious mixology
Dr. Chantel White of the University of Pennsylvania uses archaeological techniques to identify plants that grew in the garden of pioneering plant collectors John and William Bartram. Thanks to her work, a long-gone garden is re-emerging into the light.
Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the Denver Botanic Gardens, discusses his love affair with the rock garden plants of Colorado and how he has traveled the world seeking adapted plants from climatically similar "steppe" regions
Nicholas Geron of Clark University describes his research into the effects of tree cover on urban landscapes, and how economically disadvantaged communities are, due to lack of trees, already experiencing the heat predicted elsewhere for the next generation of global warming.
Dr. Desirée Narango of the University of Massachusetts Amherst describes her research that reveals the essential connection of songbird breeding success with the percentage of native plants in the surrounding landscape.
Dr. Enrique Salmon, a native American of the Raramuri people and professor of ethnic studies at California State University East Bay, discusses his new book, Iwigara about the ethnobotanical traditions and science of American Indians
Laura Hansplant, Director of Design at RoofMeadow describes her firm's pioneering work with "elevated landscapes" and the habitat for wildlife and people it creates on roof tops
Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International and Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation, details the important roles of bats in the garden and the environment, and addresses the charge that they are the source of the Covid-19 virus.
Rick Carr, Master Composter and Farm Director of the Rodale Institute, share tips for easy, more effective composting