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Mike Nowak, co-host Peggy Malecki and members of the show's green team discuss important gardening and environment topics with authorities in the field.

Mike Nowak, co-host Peggy Malecki and members of the show's green team discuss important gardening and environment topics with authorities in the field.
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Mike Nowak, co-host Peggy Malecki and members of the show's green team discuss important gardening and environment topics with authorities in the field.

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Episodes

A Sophisticated Taste of Honey

11/4/2018
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Carrie Schloss, author of The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook, talks about recipes featuring honey, while Jerry Gudauskas of the Illinois Beekeepers Association reports on the insects that make the honey.

Duration:02:03:51

Learning to Love Bats

10/28/2018
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Indiana State University’s Joy O’Keefe explains why bats are so important and so misunderstood. Madison Hopkins from the Better Government Association follows up on her wave-making article about recycling in Chicago.

Duration:01:47:12

Fall is for Planting Bulbs…and Votes

10/21/2018
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Horticulturist Dan Kosta has advice about spring blooming bulbs. P.J. Miller tells you why Happy Leaf LED grow lights are a great way to jump start your seedlings. Mike and Peggy report on environmental issues for the 2018 elections.

Duration:01:45:29

We Are the Champions

10/14/2018
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Landscape architect Thomas Rainer offers some heretical advice on what makes plants happy. Peggy and Mike welcome some winning gardeners from the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards ceremony.

Duration:01:46:10

Mark and Marcus: Music and Sustainability

10/7/2018
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Folk musician Mark Dvorak and Stephanie Schrodt promote Folktober Fest. The Wisconsin Vegetable gardener has tips for your fall harvest. Marcus de la fleur talks about the difficulty of finding companies that will maintain native plant landscapes.

Duration:03:34:45

Live from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie!

9/30/2018
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NOTE: SOME AUDIO BREAKUP EARLY ON. Mike and Peggy are live at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, just southwest of Chicago near Wilmington, Illinois, and talk to range of guests about one of the great restoration projects in the history of the planet.

Duration:01:24:53

Helianthus!

9/23/2018
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The cast and crew of Green Scene’s play “Helianthus!” talk about this theatrical history of the plant we call a sunflower. On the final day of Food Waste Weekend, Gary Oppenheimer of AmpleHarvest.org promotes distribution of excess food in America.

Duration:01:46:41

Crazy About Chickens and Monarchs

9/16/2018
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Members of the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts promote the 2018 Windy City Coop & Eco-Yard Tour…and provide some musical entertainment. Doug Taron, PhD from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum reports on large numbers of migrating monarch butterflies.

Duration:01:45:34

The Power of Dirt; Hydrangea Help

9/9/2018
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Gardening expert Melinda Myers has late season advice for hydrangea care; Dr. Jack Gilbert, author of Dirt Is Good talks about why protecting your kids from germs might not be the best thing for them.

Duration:02:02:54

Why Recycle?

9/2/2018
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Marta Touloumes Keane, Recycling Program Specialist for Will County, explains what can and can’t be recycled, and why. Rich and Susan Eyre from Rich’s Foxwillow Pines prepare for their Hosta Happening Finale.

Duration:01:46:42

Seaweed Chronicles and Trout Tales

8/26/2018
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Susan Hand Shetterly, author of Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge, reports on how seaweed harvesting could be the next biological frontier. Marvin Strauch, and Chicago teacher Joe Lentino explain the Trout in the Classroom program.

Duration:03:34:42

Roundup Loses in Court; Talking Trees with Skeet

8/19/2018
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Arborist M.D. Skeet from Bartlett Tree Experts talks summer tree issues. Carey Gillam, author of Whitewash: The Story of Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, reports on a huge court judgment against the Monsanto and its weed killer Roundup.

Duration:01:47:49

An Infestation of Horticulturists

8/12/2018
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With the Garden Writers Association coming to town, Mike and Peggy welcome GWA members C. L. Fornari, Andrea Whitely and Mary-Kate Mackey in studio, who will be joined on the phone by James A. Baggett, who is being inducted into the GWA Hall of Fame.

Duration:01:45:52

Pollinator-palooza 2018

8/5/2018
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Landscape horticulturist Dolly Foster teaches you how to make your garden pollinator friendly. Tom Buechel explains how the Plant Sentry program will theoretically keep plant e-commerce free of invasive plants and pests.

Duration:01:46:23

Bonsai, Tomato and Native Plant Rock Stars

7/29/2018
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The Spirited Gardener Julia Bunn has rain garden advice. Dan Kosta reports on the Prairie State Bonsai Society annual show. KC Tomato talks–what else?–tomatoes. Stephanie Walquist and Terry Guen preview the Wild Ones West Cook Native Garden Tour.

Duration:01:45:20

SNAP SNAFU

7/22/2018
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Corey Chatman explains how SNAP purchases at farmers markets across the country are at risk. Green Diva Meg talks about her new podcast at The Green Divas. Nick Mink of Sitka Salmon Shares addresses the challenges facing Community Supported Fisheries.

Duration:01:46:15

The Budburst Challenge: Natives v. Nativars

7/20/2018
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Chicago Master Gardener Laury Lewis previews the 50th Annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk. Kayri Havens and Jennifer Schwarz Ballard from Project Budburst are looking for citizen scientists to participate in the Nativars Research Project.

Duration:01:46:24

The Budburst Challenge: Natives v. Nativars

7/15/2018
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Chicago Master Gardener Laury Lewis previews the 50th Annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk. Kayri Havens and Jennifer Schwarz Ballard from Project Budburst are looking for citizen scientists to participate in the Nativars Research Project.

Duration:01:46:23

What If Communities Actually Worked Together to be Sustainable?

7/8/2018
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Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus celebrates a milestone for the Greenest Region Compact. Tony Abruscato of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, previews the 811 Chicago Garden at Taste of Chicago.

Duration:01:46:17

A Little Science in the Garden Goes a Long Way

7/1/2018
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Author, lecturer and “farmden” cultivator Lee Reich talks about his new book, The Ever Curious Gardener. Folks from the Dearborn Garden Walk and the Bucktown Garden Walk come to the studio to promote their summer events.

Duration:01:46:32