Our first GP Google hangout

We just finished our first hangout on Google+. Jeff moderated the discussion, which was both lively and productive. He recorded it too and posted it on YouTube. (I’m trying to embed it here as well – may take me a few tweaks so bear with me. Once it’s on, I’ll delete this parenthetical comment.)

Stay tuned for our next hangout and feel free to join us – we don’t bite!

4 thoughts on “Our first GP Google hangout”

  1. I was looking forward to participating, but immediateloy after my introduction, I was booted off (probably due to a slow Internet connection after all the rain we’ve had) and could not log back in again so that I could hear the discussion. 🙁

  2. Hi Ginny, We saw you flickering in and out — I didn’t know that the server actually kicked you off — Hopefully we’ll get to do it again though.

  3. Great idea, interesting topic and a very interesting discussion. Audio sucks, though — especially as I am a non-native speaker …

    However, I am looking forward to the next one. Way to go, GPs!

  4. I have only watched this two thirds of the way through. The quality and maybe technology isn’t perfect, but I got the gist of the discussion. Anytime the government Mandates anything for the citizens own good, there are serious problems enforcing it. Or interpretations & definition shell games. I like the idea of maybe tax incentives and more importantly being educated on exactly how nature really your area. Losts of good points brought up and some a bit on the emotion running side which tends to cloud true judgement. I like Linda’s argument on the Arbutus example. In the late 1990s there were many things written on the need of Arbutus to be interconnected thru mycorrhizal networks with other specific trees like Dog fir to be healthy. Planting them as a Speciman tree doesn’t work. More importantly, they don’t have the same root structural make up with root hairs as other plants. They need mycorrhizal connections. Unfortunately though there are mountains of papers on this, the majority of Joe/Jane Public are ignorant to this still. Manzanitas have the same problems and for most urban gardeners growing them is usually a failed experience. Knowing what to do will make it a success. But it takes education on how nature really works and dumping much of the conventional dogma that has been marketed commercially for decades. Such imprinted philosophies are tough to counter. I’m also not a strict Natives person, although I love and believe heavily in planting natives where I come from. But also I love to travel and collect plant specimens. However I am careful to with what I collect and am cautious so as not to create a monster scenario with what may be invasive. Still I love plants like Poinciana in Hwy medians in the southwest even though they are nature to the Caribbean. Being responsible comes with education and not being shackled to any one dogma. Call it responsi
    ble Urban Biodiversity. I hope future programs get better quality.

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