This Week's Podcast: A Replay: Both Sides, Now: Angela Treadwell-Palmer
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My guest today is one of the founding members of a Facebook group that started after my Organic Gardening magazine article on young people in horticulture. (The site, which can be viewed by Facebook members is Emergent: A Group for Growing Professionals.)
Angela has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Delaware. She has worked in almost every aspect of gardening, garden design and plant promotion and is the founder of Plants Nouveau, LLC, a company that brings new plants to gardeners. (She named ‘Knockout’ roses when she was working for the Conard-Pyle Company).
Angela and I discuss the constant conundrum of wanting to promote native plants, and also being gardeners who want to grow every wonderful plant that isn’t potentially invasive. “I can’t give up my hostas,” she said. “Pure native species are best for wildlife," she said, and recommended growing species coneflowers as well as some of the new cultivated varieties of natives her company promotes. (She also shares advice on helping the new Echinacea thrive in our gardens! Photos: ‘Coconut Lime’, above, ‘Julia’, right.)
But she tries to promote all gardening, and do what she can for the sake of all plants, and towards that end she is also the Director of the annual Native Plants in the Landscape Conference held at Millersville University each June. She says “That keeps me grounded in ecology, current environmental issues and feeds my soul each year with my adoration of U.S. native plants.”