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Gardens, weeds and words

Jan 3, 2020

Healing nature. With Alys Fowler
A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
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Garden soundtrack
January, getting back out into the garden.
Rains and flooding.
A sign that not all’s ok with our relationship with nature
Micro book review 03:30
from The Garden Jungle or Gardening to Save the Planet by Dave Goulson.
Published by Jonathan Cape July 2019
Extract read by Rachel Coldbreath
Insect declines and why they matter, Dave Goulson, FRES, 2019. Dorset Wildlife Trust
Interview with Alys Fowler 06:04 
07:05 Urban vs. country – where were Alys’s skills for observing the natural world honed?
09:03 Nature under your feet. Being detail orientated. 
09:55 Plant blind 
Plant blindness
Wandersee, J. H., & Schussler, E. E. (1999). Preventing plant blindness. The American Biology Teacher, 61, 82–86.
Wikipedia Article
Article on Plant Blindness by Sandy Knapp of the Natural History Museum (London)
12:20 The way we garden and how it interacts with the wider landscape
14:43 How well is the rewilding message being communicated?
15:20 A generational shift to a more sympathetic relationship with nature
16:35 Countering late stage capitalism
17:25 How long change takes
18:36 Caring in spite of it all
19:43 Mindfulness vs. paying attention
22:42 Vested interests and inertia
24:52 How our gardens help us to make sense of it all  
26:29 Finding meaning and hope in a relationship with plants
27:25 What’s the definition of a gardner?
28:32 Thrifty gardening – recycling
31:37 Style vs. meaning in the garden
34:20 A multi-faceted job description
36:55 The relationship of the garden to the house – pushing the boundaries
39:10 Approaches to making gardens
42:20 Japanese gardens – listening to nature
44:45 Control, dominion – human relationships to nature and the garden. Patriarchy, religion, feminism.
48:46 A Modern Herbal – Alys’s take on herbs and herbals. 
52:49 Gender roles in the transmission of herb lore
55:29 Herbal medicine and conventional medicine. 
Gayla Trail
56:40 Can we garden our way out of this,  Alys?!
New Year, New You. 
A new relationship with nature.
Paying it back.
Thank you to Alys for joining me on this episode. You can find Alys on Instagram here and on the Guardian pages here In the interview we talked about Alys’s latest book, A Modern Herbal, published by Michael Joseph in 2019. You can find that here
Of course, as she says in the interview, the best way to get hold of her is by phone!
Thanks too to Rachel Coldbreath for a cracking reading from Dave Goulson’s book . 
With thanks to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
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