Around the World In 80 Plants Book Release Event
(Recorded June 8, 2021)
Join us for a lively conversation with environmentalist and bestselling author Jonathan Drori to celebrate the release of his newly-published book, Around the World in 80 Plants. This is a journey of discovery that explores ways plants have evolved through the ages, and their often surprising relationships with humans.
Through a blend of science, history, and folklore, Drori reveals little-known and recently discovered facts about plants, from the familiar to the mysterious, and shares tales of some that have ignited human creativity and enabled civilizations to flourish.
Professor Drori was on the board of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is now with The Eden Project and Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and an Ambassador for the WWF. His four TED talks have had millions of views. He is the author of the international bestseller Around the World in 80 Trees (2018).
Enjoy his conversation with Pacific Horticulture’s Executive Director, Sarah Beck, on the creation and inspiration for this wonderful book.
A Toast to Under Western Skies
(Recorded May 11, 2021)
Join Pacific Horticulture for a virtual toast and celebratory conversation with photographer Caitlin Atkinson and writer Jennifer Jewell as their new book: Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast launches into the world!
As Caitlin, who conceived the idea for this book, writes: “This project is more than just another photo assignment. I conceived of this book as an expression of my love of this place I call home. I wanted to capture real gardens and the stories of the people inspired by and deeply connected to our place on this earth. Under Western Skies gives you, in photos and written stories a tapestry of gardens across the west, a picture of where we are now and where we are heading, as gardeners, people of the earth and the world at large. This book is of the places and people that make up the west, but it is the story of gardeners and people everywhere. Together, slowly we can rebuild our damaged earth, rebuild our connection to who we are, to each other and move forward in a changed world. ”
And Jennifer continues: “I’m particularly interested in the intersections between our gardens, the more wild natural spaces beyond our gardens from which our gardens were carved & our prismatic cultures. Thoughtful & intentional gardens/gardeners help to address challenges as wide ranging as climate change, habitat loss, cultural polarization & social justice, & individual & communal health & well-being. While these 40 gardens are based in the US West, in these extreme times, the extreme conditions/biodiversity of these gardens have solid lessons for gardeners everywhere on how to partner with the land, cultures & history‘s of our places. This in turn makes for more symbiotic gardens/gardeners in tune with this generous, brilliant planet & all the lives and relational systems that make her so.”
If you would like to order a copy of the book and receive a 35% off discount for Pacific Horticulture members, order HERE and use the code: pachort
Gardeners as Superheroes
With Pamela Berstler, PHS’s Executive Director, and CEO of G3, Green Gardens Group
Many of us garden for a love of plants, beauty, or to soothe our psyches, but emerging science on the the importance of healthy soil and biodiversity – goals we gardeners strive for – transforms our solitary garden practice into meaningful and necessary action to combat climate change and heal the planet. Discover how we become true gardening superheroes by following the four steps of the “Watershed Approach.” Note that internet connectivity issues make the first few minutes of the video choppy; this resolves at 9:00.
How Much Compost is Enough?
With Calla Rose Ostrander, Marin Carbon Project partner and environmental strategic advisor
Applying compost to degraded soils benefits our gardens by sparking a microbial revolution that holds more water in dry times and encourages plant growth. Learn what up-to-date science is saying about carbon sequestration in landscapes and think through the “Goldilocks Question” of how much compost is just right for our gardens.
Insights Into the Wood Wide Web
With Suzanne Simard Lab University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry PhD candidates, Allen Laroque and Katie McMahen
Below the soil surface plants are carrying on complex interactions with each other and benefitting from the redistribution of resources across a vast fungal network. These researchers are exploring complex symbiotic relationships between trees and mycorrhizal networks and ways in which the forest responds to degradation by participating in the rehabilitation and growth of the soil microbiome. Gardeners learn how to help their landscapes tap into the wood wide web.
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