Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Trees as a muse (Talking Plants on the Wireless VI)


Relax, it's the last time you'll read this, but do continue to rest your eyes and entertain your ears for another week. Over the last six weeks Talking Plants moved itself to the (Australian) national broadcaster, ABC Radio National (RN), for a summer series. While summer is not over, normal broadcasting resumes this coming weekend.

As it happens, if you listen to RN  at 10 am next Saturday you'll hear the first of an occasional, pop-up series, In Season. RN's resident bird man, Matthew Crawford and I, talk about the weather and whether or not the weather is changing, among other things.

Also next week, I'll be back with my regular blogging, staring with a Bladderwort....

Until then, if you missed the last summer show of Talking Plants on Saturday, you can download a podcast or listen on-line on the RN website.

Guests for this week's final episode
Ashley Hay: Journalist and author (e.g. Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their ChampionsHerbarium (with Robyn Stacey) and most recently The Railwayman's Wife). Ashley is fond of gum trees, such as the one above..
Gordon Morrison: Director of Ballarat Art Gallery and enthusiast for the family Araucariaceae (things like the Wollemi Pine, Hoop Pine and 13 species that grow in New Caledonia).
Michael Leunig: pictured below in the Melbourne Gardens of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, but speaking in this show from his local bush regeneration site, where he singles out the River Red Gum (photograph at top of this post) as a favourite. For more about Michael and his love of trees, and planting trees, see the RN homepage (duplicated for your reading pleasure on the other blog, Talking Plants Too)


And regular guest, Jim Fogarty (here with the wonderfully talented producer of the series, Amanda Smith, and me).


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