Botanical Buzz Podcast

Celebrating the Bond Between People and Plants

Botanical Buzz gives you a new medium and new angles from which to explore your Botanical Garden. It covers a variety of topics such as birding, exploring the garden with your child, water conservation, and how climate change is affecting water availability. Our guests include some of the world's preeminent scientists as well as knowledgeable botanical garden volunteers, users, and staff with interesting and useful information to share. We hope these reports will inspire you to learn more about the world of plants, their connection to people, and how it affects you. Come take a listen!

History of the San Francisco Botanical Garden (Part 2)

January 26th, 2009
 
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John McClarenDr. Joseph Barbaccia continues the fascinating story of how the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Golden Gate Park came to be. (Dr. Barbaccia is a past president of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and currently volunteers as a docent at the Garden.)


History of the San Francisco Botanical Garden (Part 1)

January 12th, 2009

 
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Bird's-eye view of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 1892Storyteller extraordinaire Dr. Joseph Barbaccia begins the fascinating story of how the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Golden Gate Park came to be. (Dr. Barbaccia is a past president of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and currently volunteers as a docent at the Garden.)

To learn more, visit Encyclopedia of San Francisco: Golden Gate Park


What is a Botanical Garden?

December 29th, 2008

 
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David Kruse-Pickler, San Francisco Botanical Garden

Simply put, it is a living, growing collection of plants. On this report, David Kruse-Pickler, Associate Curator at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, elaborates on this definition by describing how the collections are managed and how the data that is acquired gets used.


All About Palms

December 15th, 2008
 
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Jason DeweesJason Dewees is a horticulturist with Flora Grubb Gardens and a longtime volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. He’s a palm expert and on this report he shares his incredible knowledge about palms.


Botanical Treasure Chest

December 1st, 2008
 
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Don MahoneyThe San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living ecosystem with an extraordinary diversity of plants and animals. According to Don Mahoney, curator of plant collections, it is a one-of-a-kind botanical garden.


Center for Sustainable Gardening

November 14th, 2008
 
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Proposed model of Center for Sustainable GardeningLaura Hartman, with the architectural firm of Fernau & Hartman, talks about the Center for Sustainable Gardening, and offers her vision of what sustainable gardening might look like.


Bird Calls

October 31st, 2008
 
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San Francisco Botanical GardenHave you ever wondered what messages birds are conveying in their calls? Allan Ridley, field ornithologist in the Garden, shares some great tips to understanding what we are hearing.


Birding in the Garden

October 17th, 2008

 
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San Francisco Botanical GardenOur guest is Allan Ridley, San Francisco Botanical Garden field ornithologist, who awakens us to the excitement of finding birds and observing their behavior in this virtual birding tour.


Children in the Garden

October 6th, 2008
 
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Child in the GardenYoung children learn by using all of their senses and older kids become engaged by looking for things. What better place for them to learn than in a garden? Annette Huddle, Associate Director of Youth Education at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, is our guest.


A Green Champion

September 24th, 2008
 
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Dr. Peter RavenDr. Peter Raven, recipient of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Green Champion Award, describes the Garden’s impact on him as a young person and its value on future generations of children.