Thursday, April 25, 2013

A wildflower chat

My gardening companion and I had fun talking wildflowers recently on Your Day, a daily radio show (Monday-Thursday) produced as a public service of Clemson University Radio Productions. It airs throughout the state on the SC ETV Radio Network at lunchtime, running for an hour.

Normally, when I'm on, my SC Botanical Garden colleagues and I answer gardening and general plant questions, but this show was pre-recorded, so Tim (Spira) and I were able to focus on wildflowers, their ecology, where to see them, and share our enthusiasm for them with listeners.  Quite fun!

Tim's been out doing a lot of field work for his second book (the first was Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: a Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia), so he's been following flowering of wildflowers since late in February.

There was lots to talk about as well as mentioning what we're looking forward to seeing, too, out in the natural world.

Listen to the April 18 conversation here (from Your Day's archives for that week.


  1. My hubby and I were going out to lunch, and I heard you on NPR--it was great! I told Peter, "I've met both of these wildflower experts. I met Lisa at the Fling, and Tim signed my book!" He was so impressed. ;-) Great program! Now, I'm pulling Tim's book from the shelves and taking a wildflower walk through our forest.

  2. Julie, enjoy the wildflowers this spring!

    Tim's already off to do field work in Virginia tomorrow, but reported great wildflowers at one of the premier SC wildflowers sites (Station Cove) on his way to Asheville.

    I'm looking forward to seeing you and everyone else at the Fling this summer -- should be great.


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