From the tiniest poppy to the tallest redwood, we're sharing stories on California native plants and the wildlife and people who love them. This is Forever California, the official podcast of California Botanic Garden. Here at California Botanic Garden, we conserve and celebrate the native plants that make our state so special. California is one special place. We are a biodiversity hotspot, a region of astounding botanical treasures, with over 6,000 native species. Over 1/3 of these plants are endemic, found nowhere else on the planet.California native plants are beautiful in a garden, invaluable in our ecosystems, vital in California Native American culture and are amazing organisms with so much to tell us. This podcast endeavors to take you on a botanical journey through our amazing flora, connecting along the way with the fauna that depend on our native plants and the people who conserve, grow and cherish them. We hope this podcast helps bring the Garden and the remarkable world of California native plants to you.
Diversity in the Plant Sciences
#BlackBotanistsWeek, a campaign first organized in July 2020 to "promote, encourage, create a safe space for, and find more Black people (and BIPOC) who love plants!," sparked a nation-wide dialogue on the vital and ongoing need to make the plant...
What a Seed Wants, What a Seed Needs: Secrets from Germination Trials
Seeds are incredible. Every towering coast redwood, every ancient oak tree, every golden poppy among millions in a superbloom began life as a seed. Within each seed is a blueprint for a plant’s entire life and the energy to kickstart that plant's...
A Squirrelly Saga
Squirrels are one of the most animated and assured kinds of wildlife visitors will encounter here at California Botanic Garden. These fluffy, scruffy and nutty denizens love our California native plants. There are actually three species that reside here...
The Butterfly Connection
There are many species of native butterflies in California. These winged gems, symbols of beauty, depend on California native plants for survival. We call this the butterfly connection!We are unfortunately unable to open our beloved Butterfly Pavilion...
Hidden Lake Bluecurls
A hidden lake, a sky island, an incredibly rare plant: these may sound like the makings of a fantasy novel, but they are parts of an amazing conservation success story. Hidden Lake bluecurls (Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum) live only along...
Native Plants Next Door
April 11-19 is Native Plant Week! We are celebrating a bit differently during these challenging times by taking a moment each day to appreciate the fabulous native plants that live right next door. On this week's episode, Native Plants Next Door, we're...
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Love this podcast
Learning about and growing CA natives is my new hobby and this podcast has been so interesting .
I like the information very much, very helpful, but am put off by the silliness and giggling of the hosts.