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FOODSCAPING - with Brie Arthur. Photo courtesy of Brie Arthur, all rights reserved.


Erin Presley is the herb, woodland, and pond garden horticulturist at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a 16-acre, free, public garden founded in 1952 on the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.

In her position since 2014, Erin has become as much a part of the landscape as the plants and animals of the garden she loves. She has been particularly instrumental in bringing to life, with the help of other plants people, gardens of culture representing the natural history and plant relationships of a diversity of Madisonians from the Indigenous cultures, including Ho-chunk, to Ayurvedic, Hmong, and more.

It’s the perfect summer field trip to a wonderful green and growing public resource.

Listen in!

All photos courtesy of Erin Presley and the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, all rights reserved.

You can follow Erin and Olbrich Botanical Gardens online at:

and on Instagram: @presleyspreferredplants

HERE IS THIS WEEK'S TRANSCRIPT by Doulos Transcription Service:

07-27-23 CP - Olbrich Botanical Gardens - Erin Presley TAT0801_Rich_final
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Thinking out loud this week:

Any other summer gardeners out there respond to Erin's use of the phrases: "Humility and empowerment at the same time"

Or the need for any good garden to have apporpriate and consistent (and repescted) maintenance and maintenance folk?????

I thought so.....





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