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In May I talked to Doug Tallamy when he visited Buffalo to give a talk, and reported on it here. I recorded our conversation and finally finished a radio segment for our local NPR affiliate, WBFO. These segments can only be about 3 and a half minutes, tops, so I had to edit out most of what we said. If you have never heard Doug speak before, you can tell what a nice easy-going guy he is  from listening to this excerpt from a much longer conversation. Basically though—he just wants is a little biodiversity. I added a very simple and limited slide show on some natives for Western New York gardens as well for the station’s website.. But if people are interested, they will find more.

By the way, I found a very easy program for editing audio, Audacity. It was free, too.

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Elizabeth Licata
on August 18, 2016 at 8:35 am, in the category Thehomegardendirectory Airwaves, Unusually Clever People.


  1. Good one! Just one quibble. Not all regionally native plants are drought-tolerant – esp the ones native to wet sites. So how to guide people looking for that trait? Maybe to say natives survive and thrive in the regions and site conditions where they belong”? Oh, but what does “belong” mean?

  2. I hear you, but I listed plants that I know from personal experience will go for long periods without water and still look good. And they are native to our area, i.e., belong. For example, the Joe Pye I have is listed for damp sites but does perfectly well without them. Other types thrive locally throughout preserves, which are never irrigated, except maybe for new trees.

  3. And I was just thinking of another native, great blue lobelia, that is supposed to get a damp spot but which i have in complete under-maple-tree dry shade. And yet it is slowly spreading and blooming.

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