Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley
Episode 16: Pollinators

Episode 16: Pollinators

May 12, 2022

Pollinators are the subject of this passionate conversation with Master Gardener Volunteer and podcast co-founder, Tim Kennelty. Learn about their role in the ecosystem and some of his favorite bees, butterflies and moths. Then join Teresa Golden in a segment about how to start seeds at home for your Veggie Patch. This is followed by another fascinating description of the role of field bees with Linda Aydlett (Hum of the Hive). Lots of great content in this episode!

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest: Tim Kennelty

Production Support: Linda Aydlett, Teresa Golden, Tim Kennelty, Jean Thomas

Photo by Tim Kennelty

Episode 15: Berkshire Botanical Garden

Episode 15: Berkshire Botanical Garden

May 5, 2022

Listen to a wonderful virtual tour of Berkshire Botanical Garden, located in Stockbridge, MA, with Master Gardener Volunteer Linda Levitt. She provides a vivid description of the history of these gardens as well as an overview of what you’ll see if you stop by. Then stay tuned for a segment on the Spongy Moth (formerly known as the gypsy moth) with Dede Terns-Thorpe and Jackie Hayden (Pests and Pathogens).This forest pest defoliated many trees last summer and this episode may help you to understand what can be done to manage any reoccurrence. Finally, Dirr’s Manual of Woody Landscape Plants is the topic of Tools of the Trade with Joan Satterlee. This ‘go-to’ guide helps you learn to identify and help these plants thrive.

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest: Linda Levitt

Photo by Tim Kennelty 

Production Support:: Linda Aydlett and Teresa Golden

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Episode 14: Poison Ivy

Episode 14: Poison Ivy

April 28, 2022

Join the podcast co-founders with a lively discussion about the dreaded poison ivy. Learn how to identify it, control it, and treat your symptoms should you be allergic to its oils. Then the focus of Good Plant/Bad Plant with Tim Kennelty is Serviceberry and Invasive Bittersweet. Are your plants looking for a friend?  Deven Russ (Hits and Myths) discusses the realities of companion planting

Photo by: Tim Kennelty

Production Support from:  Linda Aydlett, Teresa Golden, Dorian Hyland, Mary Ann Iaccino, Deven Connely, and Sandra Linnell

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Episode 13: New York Breeding Bird Atlas

Episode 13: New York Breeding Bird Atlas

April 21, 2022

Kathryn Schneider rejoins the podcast with a discussion about the upcoming New York Breeding Bird Atlas. Discover how it is created and how you can help! This is followed by a Linda Levitt (Flower Power) covering an early spring flowering plant, the hellebore. This episode concludes with a description of two wild strawberry plants and the Scarlet Runner Bean (The Cover Up with Jean Thomas and Tim Kennelty).

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest: Kathryn Schneider

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Episode 12: Holiday Plants

Episode 12: Holiday Plants

April 14, 2022

Holiday Plants are the topic of conversation with Rachael Ashley from Story’s Nursery in Freehold, NY. She discusses the wide range of gift plants that are available throughout the year, from Valentine’s Day through the year-end holiday season. Then tune in for a great description of the Harris Conservation Area by Heidi Bock (Trekking the Trails), as she talks about amphibians including wood frogs and spotted salamanders. This episode concludes with a great insight from Jean Thomas (It’s All Greek) about the use of color in botanical names. Enjoy!

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest: Rachael Ashley

Episode 11: Seed Starting

Episode 11: Seed Starting

April 7, 2022

Seed Starting is a very timely topic for this podcast episode.   Briana Davis, from Greene Bee Greenhouse ltd. located in Cornwallville, NY,  joins hosts Jean Thomas and Tim Kennelty, for a wonderful overview of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ process used to grow a wide variety of vegetable and perennials, including ~40 tomato cultivars.  Then stay tuned for the Veggie Patch, with Teresa Golden, where she discusses how to determine and improve the quality of your soil to grow a healthy garden.  Finally, stay tuned for The Hum of the Hive with Linda Aydlett where the focus shifts to the role of the House Bee.  Fascinating indeed! 

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest: Briana Davis

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Episode 10: Wildflowers and Foraging

Episode 10: Wildflowers and Foraging

March 31, 2022

In this episode, join Master Gardener Volunteers in a fascinating conversation with Tracey Testo of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. She discusses the many wildflowers and woodland foraging opportunities that can be found in the forest. Tracey brings her passion and an amazing wealth of information that inspires us to take a fresh look at the world around us. Then stay tuned for Pests and Pathogens featuring Dede Terns-Thorpe and Jackie Hayden who discuss beetles, both good and bad. Finally, Joan Satterlee (Tools of the Trade) tells us how the Audubon Native Plant database can help you choose just the right native for your landscape.

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest: Tracey Testo Smith

Episode Nine: Perennials

Episode Nine: Perennials

March 24, 2022

Get ready for planting season with a informative and wide-ranging discussion about perennial plants with Joe Behn from Behn's Best Perennials. Learn about the wide range of options available to add color and interest to your landscape. Monarda and Japanese Stiltgrass are the focus of the Good Plant/Bad Plant segment with Tim Kennelty.  And Wooly Bears are the star of Hits and Myths with Devon Russ.

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest:  Joseph Behn

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Episode Eight: Maple Syrup

Episode Eight: Maple Syrup

March 17, 2022

Join us in an informative conversation with Tracey Testo from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia of Greene Counties. She discusses the history of maple syrup in New York as well as how you can tap trees to make your own. Then Linda Levitt (Flower Power) will talk about the beautiful and versatile Lantana plant. The episode concludes with a new segment (Cover Up) with Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas discussing their favorite ground covers and vines. Today they focus on Ajuga and Trumpet Vine.

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest: Tracey Testo

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Episode Seven: Getting to Know Your Woodlands

Episode Seven: Getting to Know Your Woodlands

March 10, 2022

Listen to Pammi Price, from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Green Counties, in a fascinating discussion about Getting to Know Your Woodlands. Learn how to explore your property to discover its history and how to steward it towards a healthy future. Then join us with Heidi Bock (Trekking the Trails) to discover the wonderful variety of birds that you can find at the Ooms Conservation Area In Chatham, NY. Jean Thomas (It’s All Greek) concludes this episode with insights into the origins and naming conventions associated with botanical names.

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guest: Pammi Price

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