The world of plants can be a dangerous place. Gorgeous
monkshood, withstalks of purple blooms can cause delusions and death.
A plump cashew can make you miserable if it isn't steamed properly. And
aconite, almost indistinguishable from parsley can cause paralysis and
stop your beating heart. Wicked plants, in this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge. Also, the guerrilla gardening movement and the Garden
of Cosmic Speculation.
James William Gibson teaches sociology and is
the author of "A Re-enchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship
with Nature." He talks with Anne Strainchamps about ways in which
people are seeking to reconnect with the natural world and to protect
it, rather than simply exploit it as a resource. Also, Amy Stewart
is the author mostrecently of "Wicked Plants." She talks with
Jim Fleming about plants, including some very lovely, common garden
varieties, that can kill you. The lesson is: Don't eat it unless youre
sure you know what it is.
Richard Reynolds tells Anne Strainchamps about
his adventures as a guerrilla gardener, that is, someone who tends someone
else's land for harvest. Reynolds blogs about the phenomenon on his
website and is the author of "On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook
for Gardening Without Boundaries." Also, Erin Clune brings
us and her family to tour the garden of Izadore Fine and Mary Gray who've
planted thousands of flowering bulbs on their property in Madison, Wisconsin.
Their garden is so spectacular, all the neighbors drop by to wander
Architect Charles Jencks and his late wife started
a private garden to explore scientific concepts through landscape art.
Jencks published a book of photographs of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation,
which inspired composer Michael Gandolfi to create a piece further
exploring the same ideas. Jencks and Gandolfi take Steve Paulson on
a tour through the musical composition and the garden that inspired
These are pictures afrom the garden.
The Sycamore Black Hole Terrace - © Charles
Universe Cascade - © Charles Jencks
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Books & CDs:
- -Lullabye/ Bond/ Classified/ Decca
- -Skyline/ California Guitar Trio/ CGT
- -The Sorcerer's Apprentice/ Orchestre de Societe des
Concerts de Paris/The Readers Digest Association Inc.
- -Digging in the Dirt/ Frances England/Fascinating
- -La Jeunesse/ Carla Bruni
- Garden of Cosmic Speculation:
-Black Hole Terrace & The Universe Cascade & The Nonsense from
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation/ Michael Gandolfi, Robert Spano and
the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/ Telarc
week of 04/11/2010 - hour2
week of 05/24/2009 - hour 1
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