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The Buzz - So Far Away

The Buzz - So Far Away

June 24, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Fran and Tom follow up on a few topics before jumping into "Listener Shout Outs".  It's Pollinator Week!  Tom and Fran share some ways that you can celebrate. We have a listener question and Tom does a  "Grow Read A Book" segment. Is Fran out of his mind or out of this world with "Take it or Leaf it?  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Headwaters Podcast

Meet The Headwaters Podcast

June 17, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Peri Sasnett  (Digital Media at Glacier National Park) from the Headwaters Podcast.  Topics include our relationships with plants, the cultural importance of White Bark Pine, definitions of keystone species, first foods, and masting, knowing when to and how much to intervene with mother nature, and the importance of The National Park Service.  Peri shares a glimpse of Headwaters Season 3.  Cover Photo courtesy of NPS.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Getting The Kids Outside

The Buzz - Getting The Kids Outside

June 10, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before jumping into "Listener Shout Outs" and "Take it or Leaf it".  Our listeners take the main stage with advice on helping children interact with nature which ties in with Tom's "Grow Read A Book."  The Question and Comment line is lit up while Fran and Tom announce a new contest! Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Brooklyn Bridge Park

Meet Brooklyn Bridge Park

June 3, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Rebecca McMackin  (Director of Horticulture) of Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Topics include the intangibles that make Brooklyn Bridge Park unique, the obstacles of recreating nature in an urban setting, treating a park like a university, and having the courage to be a part of nature.  Rebecca shares a surprise announcement.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Rediscovering Our Connections With Nature

The Buzz - Rediscovering Our Connections With Nature

May 27, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before jumping into "Listener Shout Outs" and "Take it or Leaf it".  This episode's questions leave us wondering about just how much Tom and Fran know.  Fran and Tom discuss ways to get your children involved with nature. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Children and Nature

Meet Children and Nature

May 20, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Laura Mylan (CSO, External Relations) with The Children and Nature Network.  Topics include "Nature-Deficit Disorder", how race, income, identity, ability, and postal code factor into accessibility of nature, programs and partners that Children and Nature support, the benefits of interacting with nature, and how you can get involved.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - How Does Your Garden Grow?

The Buzz - How Does Your Garden Grow?

May 13, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before jumping into Listener Shout Outs. Tom shares a classic book in "Grow Read A Book" before contemplating "Take it or Leaf it"?  Fran and Tom share what's happening in their home gardens. Oh, and another listener gets a Yeti!  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Insect Crisis

Meet The Insect Crisis

May 6, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Oliver Milman (Environment Correspondent at the Guardian) to talk about his new book The Insect Crisis.  Topics include the state of our insect friends, the factors contributing to their decline, the obstacles we face in reversing the trend, and what you can do locally to help.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

Buy a copy of The Insect Crisis. https://olivermilman.com/ 

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The Buzz - Reflections Without A Net

The Buzz - Reflections Without A Net

April 29, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before jumping into Listener Shout Outs. Tom and Fran gush over a comment on the comment line before agreeing on "Take it or Leaf it"?  Fran and Tom reflect on numerous thoughts without fact checking them. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Native Habitat Podcast

Meet The Native Habitat Podcast

April 22, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick reconnect with Kyle Lybarger (Native Habitat Project) to talk about his new podcast The Native Habitat Podcast.  Topics include how life has changed in the last year, what to expect from The Native Habitat Podcast, and what the future holds for The Native Habitat Project.  Bonus Content - Fran plays the Lightning Round!  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Reflecting On 100 Conversations

The Buzz - Reflecting On 100 Conversations

April 15, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Tom and Fran weigh in on their favorite episodes over the last two years.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before jumping into Listener Shout Outs. Do Tom and Fran finally make a definitive choice on "Take it or Leaf it"?  Fran should stop revealing secrets. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Aldo Leopold Foundation

Meet The Aldo Leopold Foundation

April 8, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Dr. Stanley Temple (Senior Fellow and Science Advisor) of The Aldo Leopold Foundation to discuss the topic of Land Ethics.  Topics include understanding the fundamentals of Land Ethic as proposed by Aldo Leopold, what has changed in the last seventy years, the creation of The Aldo Leopold Foundation and its mission, as well as Dr. Temple's unique path and influences in his life.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Take Two, Catkins!

The Buzz - Take Two, Catkins!

April 1, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  We are getting close to Episode 100!  Get your reviews in.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before jumping into Listener Shout Outs. Do Tom and Fran finally make a definitive choice on "Take it or Leaf it"?  Fran's Secret reveals plans for the next episode. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Native Plants In Small Spaces

Meet Native Plants In Small Spaces

March 25, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with listener Joan Brandwein (www.comohabitat.info) to discuss the process of converting a small property into a native plant oasis.  Topics include where to start, resources that can help, some of the discoveries you will make along your journey, and how to be inviting towards your community.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Buy This And We’ll Plant A Tree

The Buzz - Buy This And We’ll Plant A Tree

March 18, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Did Tom get Lyme disease?  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before jumping into Listener Shout Outs.  There were a lot of five star reviews so there are a lot of shout outs. Do Tom and Fran finally make a definitive choice on "Take it or Leaf it"?  Tom's secret leaves Fran speechless. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Keystone Ten Million Trees Partnership

Meet The Keystone Ten Million Trees Partnership

March 11, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Brenda Sieglitz (Assistant Director Making History Campaign; Senior Manager Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership) with The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They Discuss the state of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, why trees and why ten million of them, who is going to pay for and plant all of these trees, and the importance of investing in provenance.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Checking for Ticks

The Buzz - Checking for Ticks

March 4, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz - but does Fran have a brand new voice?  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before a caller gives Eastern Red Cedar some love. "Take it or Leaf it" leaves Tom and Fran split before they answer a question about Scale. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet A Native Plant Every Day with Tom and Fran (and Kelly)

Meet A Native Plant Every Day with Tom and Fran (and Kelly)

February 25, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Kelly Gill (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist) with The Xerces Society and together they introduce you to Tom and Fran's new Podcast, A Native Plant Every Day with Tom and Fran.  Get a sneak peak of two episodes with special guest Kelly Gill as Fran recovers from his deviated septum surgery.  Music by RJ Comer

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The Buzz - Uncomfortable Conversations

The Buzz - Uncomfortable Conversations

February 18, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before answering a a thoughtful question that turns into their topic. "Take it or Leaf it" ties in with Tom's article this week making for a great, in-depth conversation. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Bees in Trees

Meet Bees in Trees

February 11, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Kass Urban-Mead (Pollinator Conservation Specialist) with The Xerces Society. They discuss the importance of canopy resource and vertical habitat to wild bee populations, how wild bee populations use tree pollen, what the best native trees are for bees to use, and we find out how many questions Fran and Tom can ask in an episode.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Gathering of the Juglone

The Buzz - Gathering of the Juglone

February 4, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.  Tom and Fran follow up on a few topics before answering a barrage of wonderful questions.  "Grow Read A Book" makes a triumphant return before ending with a new "Take it or Leaf it". Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Genetic Barcoding

Meet Genetic Barcoding

January 28, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Tanya Dapkey (Lab Manager, Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Lab at the Patrick Center for Environmental Research) of The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. They discuss Genetic Barcoding and how it relates to insects,  what the genetic barcoding of insects can teach us about stream health and a multitude of other things, the advantages and disadvantages to this technology, what the future holds and what we still need to learn.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Native Plant Legislation

The Buzz - Native Plant Legislation

January 21, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" this episode. We find out who won the epic battle of "This or That".  Tom talks legislation.  Fran has a complaint.  Actually, Fran has many complaints.  Tom and Fran recap their last couple episodes that are seated on different ends of the sustainable land care spectrum before ending with a new "Take it or Leaf it". Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussions - Regulating Land Care

Rooted Discussions - Regulating Land Care

January 14, 2022

Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Richard McCoy (Owner, Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services, Inc.),  Lori Jensen (Executive Director, NJNLA), Dan Mabe (Founder, American Green Zone Alliance), and Christine Symington (Program Director, Sustainable Princeton) to discuss the topic of regulating land care. Conversations include the state of land care today, how electric is better than gas powered, regulations that are in the works, and the education and responsibility of both the homeowner and the landscape professional.  As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by Andorra. 

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The Buzz -Best Episodes of 2021

The Buzz -Best Episodes of 2021

January 7, 2022

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" this episode. Tom and Fran reveal the Top 10 episodes of all time as well as some of their favorites from the last year.  Fran and Tom get a little philosophical before sharing their resolutions for the upcoming year. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Lawns into Meadows

Meet Lawns into Meadows

December 30, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Owen Wormser (Author of Lawns into Meadows, Owner) of Abound Design. They discuss Owen's unique upbringing, the importance of meadows and their benefits, ecological facts about maintaining turf grass, and native plants to help turn your meadows into a reality.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Holiday Gift Ideas

The Buzz - Holiday Gift Ideas

December 23, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. Tom and Fran share some great last minute gift ideas for the Holidays. There is finally a name for the new segment! Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Meet Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

December 17, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Andrea DeLong-Amaya (Director of Horticulture) and Joe Marcus (Native Plants of North America Program Coordinator) of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. They discuss the legacy of the visionary Lady Bird Johnson, the history of the center and the work that they do, the incredible task behind creating the database of wildflower.org, the importance of education behind the mission of native plant awareness, and some of the things you may have missed on their website and at the center.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Green Infrastructure Roundup

The Buzz - Green Infrastructure Roundup

December 10, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. Tom and Fran take a moment to reflect on the last few episodes focusing on Green Infrastructure.  Everyone gets a listener shoutout this episode!  Fran and Tom make a tough decision in a new segment. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Floating Wetland Islands

Floating Wetland Islands

December 3, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Jack Szczepanski Ph.D. (Senior Aquatic Ecologist) of Princeton Hydro about floating wetland islands. They discuss the benefits of FWI's, the science behind them, native plants that are used in them, and the different applications in which they can be used.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - We Have a Winner!

The Buzz - We Have a Winner!

November 26, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. Sol calls in with his winner of the Draw Sol contest and Tom and Fran give some helpful tips for after your Thanksgiving Day meals.  Fran and Tom reveal their guilty plant pleasures. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussions - Green Roofs

Rooted Discussions - Green Roofs

November 19, 2021

Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Kate Ancaya (Co-Founder and Landscape Architect) from Living Roofs, Inc. and Shannon Currey (Marketing Director) of Hoffman Nursery to discuss the topic of green roofs. Conversations include what exactly is a green roof, the benefits of having a green roof, what goes into green roof plant selections, and the challenges of creating a natural setting in an unnatural environment.  As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by Egocentric Plastic Men. 

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The Buzz - Sol, Pigeons, and Associations

The Buzz - Sol, Pigeons, and Associations

November 12, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. Tom is getting quite the reputation in the avian lover actor's guild and Fran urges the listeners to become active in their favorite organizations.  Fran and Tom pick their favorite Sol entries before posting in the Facebook Group. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Native Plant Society of New Jersery

Meet The Native Plant Society of New Jersery

November 5, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Hubert Ling (President) of The Native Plant Society of NJ about the 38 year history of the organization. They discuss the benefits of membership, the idea behind their annual seed exchange program, the programs that they offer, including their fall conference, as well as the friendships that can be made.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Broomsticks, Cattails, and Bird Ladies

The Buzz - Broomsticks, Cattails, and Bird Ladies

October 29, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new Halloween episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Lewis Family helps out with the Grow Read a Book Jingle as well as the topic of native plants for Halloween. The Bird Lady offers an olive branch to Tom and there is a listener shoutout to the Great White North in this Halloween Spooktacular. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Nature‘s Sanctuary at West Laurel Hill Cemetery

Meet Nature‘s Sanctuary at West Laurel Hill Cemetery

October 22, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Gregg Tepper (Horticulturist and Author) of West Laurel Hill Cemetery and Laurel Hill Cemetery about the important practice of sustainability.  They discuss the Nature's Sanctuary, changing views on traditional perception, practices of reuse and recycling, managing for deer and invasives in a sustainable environment, and the importance of stewardship.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Smelling the Seeds of Nature

The Buzz - Smelling the Seeds of Nature

October 15, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The guys take a moment to reflect on their latest Rooted Discussion before they introduce a new segment. Noele shares a competitive game that that has Tom and Fran turning up their noses. There can be only one! Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussion - Women in Ecology

Rooted Discussion - Women in Ecology

October 8, 2021

Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Carolyn Klaube (Stewardship Director) from Sourland Conservancy, Debbie Dekleva (Monarch Maverick) of Monarch Flyway, Amy Greene (Professional Wetland Scientist and Certified Senior Ecologist) former President of Amy Greene Environmental, and Dr. Randi Eckel (Owner) of Toadshade Wildflower Farm to discuss women in the field of Ecology. Conversations include choosing the road of Ecology as a profession, challenges for women in a male dominated industry, how the industry has changed over the decades and advice for anyone looking to choose this profession.  As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by RJ Comer. 

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The Buzz - Invasive Insects and Other Musings

The Buzz - Invasive Insects and Other Musings

October 1, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz and they have brand new equipment. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode - but not in that order.  Tom's latest segment, Grow Read A Book, has you consider the way you view native plants and a listener's post in The Native Plants, Healthy Planet Facebook group goes viral.  You get a listener shoutout, you get a listener shoutout, everyone gets a listener shoutout as Tom and Fran are truly inspired.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Backyard Ecology

Meet Backyard Ecology

September 24, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Shannon Trimboli (Founder and Host) of Backyard Ecology about being acceptive and nurturing towards those entering the native plant spectrum.  They discuss approaching ecology from a place of wonder and education, the beginnings of Backyard Ecology, and the paths we all take to ecological enlightenment.  Stop and smell the Sassafras.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Growing the Circle

The Buzz - Growing the Circle

September 17, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode.  Sol gets excited about our new contest and Dr. Evil spreads the horror of Jumping Worms.  Tom's latest segment, Grow Read A Book, leads us into the topic of making the native plant circle larger.  They guys bite the bullet and unlock their Instagram accounts. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Native Habitat Project

Meet Native Habitat Project

September 10, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Kyle Lybarger (Founder, Director, and CEO) from Native Habitat Project about creating a space for conservation and restoration in social media.  They discuss the formation of a community of passionate conservation and sportspersons professionals, the beginnings of the Native Habitat Project, and the importance of spreading the native plant message.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Planning for Fall Planting

The Buzz - Planning for Fall Planting

September 3, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  The Podcast hits a milestone and Fran and Tom look back at some of the highlights. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode.  Sol checks in and we get a great question from a listener, and the guys discuss why Fall is for planting. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Trial Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center

Meet The Trial Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center

August 27, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Sam Hoadley (Horticultural Research Manager) from the Mt. Cuba Center about the history of their Trial Gardens.  They discuss the mission of the Trial Gardens, challenges for maintaining their scientific integrity, significant findings over the years, what's next, and the hot button issue of straight species vs. cultivars.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Let’s Relax

The Buzz - Let’s Relax

August 20, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Tom starts a conversation on what other podcasts they like to listen to and where they go to relax. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode, and Tom tells us about The Hidden Life of Trees in Grow Read a Book. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Friends of High School Park

Meet Friends of High School Park

August 13, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Cynthia Blackwood (Park Manager) and Beth Yount (Former Board of Directors Vice President) from Friends of High School Park about the 27 year history of their organization.  They discuss what a Friends organization is and how to start a friends organization of your own. Topics also include the challenges of creating a natural preserve on the site of a former school, innovative ways of creating engagement and fund raising, strategies to restore their three ecosystems, and the importance of education.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Growing Together

The Buzz - Growing Together

August 6, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with a new caller!  Tom and Fran talk about their celebrity guest wish list, and Tom unveils a new segment.  Discussions center around feedback from the last episode of The Buzz.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussion -The Business of Native Plants Part 2 - Trees and Shrubs

Rooted Discussion -The Business of Native Plants Part 2 - Trees and Shrubs

July 30, 2021

Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Jim MacKenzie (President) from Octoraro Native Plant Nursery,  and Matt Gettinger (President) from Long Island Natives to discuss the woody side of the native plant nursery industry. Conversations include the challenges of growing woody stock, determining what to grow and the sizes to grow them to, limiting our chemical footprint, and the state of the nursery industry as a whole.  As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by RJ Comer. 

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The Buzz - Where the Native Plants at!

The Buzz - Where the Native Plants at!

July 23, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with the return of Sol and a new caller!  Tom and Fran talk about something they would change professionally.  Discussions center around Tom and Fran's favorite natural areas to visit.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Meet Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

July 16, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Santino Lauricella (Education and Communication Coordinator) and Jean Barrell (Volunteer) from the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve about the history of their curated native plant Museum.  They discuss the mission of the preserve, the challenges of preserving their collection, the work their nursery accomplishes, and the importance of education.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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