Podcast #6 – Garden Hocus Pocus

Forgive my tardy posting – I spent yesterday traveling from Indianapolis back to Seattle.  I was in Indianapolis for the Garden Writers Association annual meeting and gave a talk on “evidence based garden information.”  It was encouraging to see how many garden writers DO want reliable sources of good gardening science.  And I got to meet Joseph Tychonievich, a frequent commenter on this blog and a PhD student at Michigan State.

Anyway, on to this week’s podcast. The theme is “Garden Hocus Pocus” which just opens the door for so many topics!  I settled on opening with the ancient Greek Doctrine of Signatures and how it’s being used today.  Then I discuss the function of plant alkaloids a bit, since they have historical use in magic and witchcraft.  And the myth of the week is quite similar to the talk I gave at GWA – specifically, how to separate the science from the snake oil.

My interview this week is with plantsman Riz Reyes, who works at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture and collects plants and has a landscaping business and blogs….and he’s not even 30 yet!  My daughter Charlotte came along and took some great photos of Riz’s garden.  (Thanks, Riz, for identifying all the plants here!)


Riz with Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense at Kew Gardens


Dahlia ‘Weston Spanish Dancer’


Left to Right: Lilium ‘Miss Lucy’, Petasites x hybridus, and Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’


Lilium ‘Magic Star’


Dahlia ‘Bishop of York’


Linda interviewing Riz out of the rain

Please let me know what you think of the podcast; you can email me directly or post a comment on the blog. Suggestions for future podcasts are most welcome!

5 thoughts on “Podcast #6 – Garden Hocus Pocus”

  1. Glad (and envious) that you got to meet Joseph! He seems like a really cool guy. I love checking in on his blog.

    Thanks for coming by, Linda! It was fun! I’m so thrilled to be a part of a podcast for the very first time.

    Here’s what Charlotte photographed:

    1. Me with Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense at Kew Gardens.

    2. Dahlia ‘Weston Spanish Dancer’

    3. Left to Right: Lilium ‘Miss Lucy’, Petasites x hybridus, and Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’

    4. Lilium ‘Magic Star’

    5. Dahlia ‘Bishop of York’

    For photos of those two Scheffleras we mentioned, do a search on my

    Flickr Page

  2. Great post with a young and adventurous gardener!
    Always love the information you provide; only science works if you want to try it yourself!

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