Our goal is to make your landscape healthier, more beautiful, more sustainable – and more fun.

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Gardening, which inevitably brings the gardener face to face with natural systems, is one of the best teachers about how to live in a constructive relationship with the environment. In my view, real garden beauty reflects not only design skills and a knowledge of plants but also a respect for and intimacy with the native landscape. For this reason, I have been frustrated by the reluctance of the popular press to address anything beyond gardening’s superficial decorative aspects.

Not long ago, I decided to do something about this. After I completed a period of training at WESU FM, the station generously allowed me a half hour of air-time each week. In this half hour, I’ve committed to bringing to the public voices of those who are exploring this relationship between gardening and a greater awareness of nature. To ensure that this program remains down-to-earth, I am also including practical gardening tips.  And, as a writer myself, I can’t resist sharing readings from outstanding new garden writers.

As I say in the introduction to Growing Greener, our goal is to make your landscape healthier, more beautiful, more sustainable – and more fun.

You can hear us live every Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 6:30 at 88.1 or online at wesufm.org. Stream the program live or download it at any time from the WESU station archive.

If you have suggestions or questions about what you hear on the program, please send them to me via my contact page, and I will try to answer them here.


Past Shows:

  • May 29th, 2019: Interview with Douglas Tallamy about the essential role insects play in the garden’s food chain. A reading from Douglas Tallamy’s book, The Living Landscape.

  • June 5th, 2019: Interview with Jared Westbrook, Director of Science at the American Chestnut Foundation, about the potential role of genetic engineering in returning the American chestnut to the eastern woodlands.

  • June 12th, 2019: Interview with Robert Kourik about the secret world of roots. A reading from Robert’s book, Roots Demystified.

  • June 26th, 2019: Interview with Dr. David Wolfe of Cornell University about sustainable gardening in a time of climate change. A reading from Dr. Wolfe’s book, Tales from the Underground.