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


Sam Hoadley is the Manager of Horticultural Research at the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware, a remarkable botanic garden and conservation center as well as one of the country’s leading research and trial gardens for native plant species as well as their old and new cultivars and selections. Open to the public since 2013, Mt. Cuba is dedicated to us all growing at a higher level.

With the fall planning and planting season now firmly in sight, Sam joins Cultivating Place this week to share more about the data (including ecological benefits, optimal growing conditions, performance results, and overall beauty) he and the team at Mt. Cuba are aggregating for us as home gardeners about how native plant species and their selections available on the market really DO In our gardens.

It’s valuable data for us all. Listen in!

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

08-03-23 CP - Native Plants for Garden Trials - Sam Hoadley
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All photos courtesy of Sam Hoadley and Mt. Cuba Center, all rights reserved.

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JOIN US again next week, when we dial in on Firescaping – planning, planting, and caring for our gardens with both habitat AND fire safety in mind in conversation with Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger. In the midst of peak fire season throughout the west – and everywhere really – this is a conversation and new book resource you won’t want to miss. That's next week - listen in!


Speaking of Plants and Place is on summer vacation - back in August!


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While I am very excited about the upcoming Garden Futures summit in NYC Sept 29th and 30th and its first day of speakers bringing some of the most interesting and relevant issues in gardening today in focus for us, I am also very excited about the second day of the summit touring gardens of the city. In preparation for that (and my excitement, and perhaps to entice even more of you to make a trek to the city for the summit), I have two upcoming interviews about just this – gardens of NYC: one in conversation with Richard Hayden, Director of Horticulture for the Highline, and another in conversation with Ngoc Minh Ngo, photographer extraordinaire, flower and garden lover whose new book NEW YORK GREEN profiles more than 40 pulbic gardens and green spaces around the 5 boroughs – some you will know and love well, and some will never have heard of (I guarantee you). Each profile will teach even generational New Yorkers things they didn’t know about the gardens and parks that make the city a little more wild, more liveable, and more beautiful. Listen for those conversations coming up and hope to see you at the Garden Conservancy’s inaugural Garden Futures summit – for more information and to register, visit



Thinking out loud this week:

It’s hard to believe that August is upon us, and just like that, the light is little different in the morning in the evening, even while it is still hot and bright mid day. We have week’s of summer to sweat and savor but we’re never really sitting still are we? The planet carries us along, our gardens carry us along too. enjoy….

One of the things I love about August – or this exact momemt in the seasonal nature of things is how many of our plants we can see in foliage, in flower, and in seed or fruit – from our heleniums to our hot peppers, the whole life cycle is on view and reminds us daily we are part of something so much bigger, so ever flowing…..i find it centering and comforting somehow. Hoping you all do too….





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