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Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick interview some of the top minds in ecology, restoration, conservation, and of course, native plants. Join them on their journey towards knowledge and understanding of some of the larger problems that our ecosystems face.

Native Plants, Healthy Planet presented by Pinelands Nursery Pinelands Nursery

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 139 Ratings

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick interview some of the top minds in ecology, restoration, conservation, and of course, native plants. Join them on their journey towards knowledge and understanding of some of the larger problems that our ecosystems face.

    Moth Night!

    Moth Night!

    Tom Knezick flies solo in a new feature called the Secret Tapes.  Tom goes out in the field for a Moth Night with Blaine Rothhauser, Bill Young, and Steve Knezick.  Why Moths?  First, they're pretty cool.  Second, they are a great reflection of the health of your habitat.  There are thousands of different types of moths, and while many are generalist feeding species, some are specialists.  Certain moths will only feed as caterpillars on walnuts, or cottonwoods, or another single genus.  This means that the presence of certain moths mean that you have certain species of plants in the area.  It was an awesome night with awesome friends, and we know you're sure to enjoy the conversation. Music by RJ Comer. 

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Buzz - Bison Bison Bison

    The Buzz - Bison Bison Bison

    Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There is a lot of housekeeping this week before a new round of "That's Hot".  A new "This or That" spills over into "Take it or Leaf it". "Grow Read A Book" takes us into circle time. Find out the details on the next Native Plants Healthy Planet live Podcast Event.  Music by RJ Comer. 

    Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Meet New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority

    Meet New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority

    Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Terry Doss (Co-Director of Meadowlands Research & Restoration Institute) from The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Topics include the history of the NJSEA as well as the Meadowlands of NJ.  Also discussed are the importance and diversity of the Meadowlands, the research being done in this grassland ecosystem, as well as what the future holds for the The Meadowlands. Terry describes her road to finding what she wanted to be. Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

    Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189.

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    Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit https://native-plants-healthy-planet-2.creator-spring.com/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Buzz - Sign This Petition

    The Buzz - Sign This Petition

    Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Fran and Tom start off the episode with a little housekeeping before a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" that have Tom and Fran biting off more than they can chew while "Take it or Leaf it" turns out to be a much larger topic then they realized. Find out the details on the next Native Plants Healthy Planet live Podcast Event.  Music by RJ Comer. 

    Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189.

    Want links from this podcast?  Visit www.nativeplantshealthyplanet.com

    Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit https://native-plants-healthy-planet-2.creator-spring.com/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Meet The Nature Conservancy’s Cities Program

    Meet The Nature Conservancy’s Cities Program

    Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Dr. Johnny Quispe  (Cities Program Manager) from The Nature Conservancy. Topics include the challenges of ecological restorations in urban environments, successes and lessons learned along the journey, achieving involvement and stewardship from the community, as well as what the future holds for the Cities Program. Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

    Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189.

    Want links from this podcast?  Visit www.nativeplantshealthyplanet.com

    Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit https://native-plants-healthy-planet-2.creator-spring.com/

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Buzz - Then Of Course The Choice Is Yours

    The Buzz - Then Of Course The Choice Is Yours

    Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  We have not one, but TWO contest winners.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" & "This or That" this episode.   Tom has a new "Grow Read A Book" and "Take it or Leaf it" turns out to be enlightening. Find out the details on the next Native Plants Healthy Planet live Podcast Event.  Music by RJ Comer. 

    Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189.

    Want links from this podcast?  Visit www.nativeplantshealthyplanet.com

    Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit https://native-plants-healthy-planet-2.creator-spring.com/

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Michelle summertime ,

It all started with wanting to attract birds

I have always loved sharing nature with my kids an family and bird watching an bird feeders. Well I asked a local birding Facebook page this spring about what plants I should put in my yard to attract birds an everyones answer was native plants. I have worked in flower shops , cut flower warehouse, a conservatory even. Well never had it be pointed out to me that native plants were so important. Needless to say I have fallen down the rabbit hole an landed in a whole different planet. I had asked Alexa yes Alexa to play me a native plants podcast An there you two were ! The information you share has completely changed my life. Your guest are amazing An they totally love their jobs. The excitement in their voices for the knowledge they are sharing just radiates thru the speakers. The changes you two are making an the guest are making gives me hope that we can make a very important impact . Needless to say 49 different species of native plants later, that’s just species not the number of plants I have added just since May. Trees, shrubs An perennials are all transforming my whole yard habitat. Frogs , butterflies, pollinators, dragonflies, an yes I have already noticed new birds. Thank you for effecting my life by sharing your stories with me. I am spreading the word to everyone, Facebook, family and friends ... my neighbor goes native plant shopping with me and even my son goes around the yard with me to see the changes An look for swallowtail an monarch caterpillars after he gets off work:) All because your podcast has such a amazing amount of knowledge to share An everyone that has been on the show has hands on experience with the way nature, conservation, a plant , animal or insects / pollinators/ native bees has changed their lives an they love sharing an educating. Thank you An I hope everyone gives your podcast a listen an it effects their lives the way it has mine.

Sidrat66 ,

Incredibly detailed!

Great podcast with a truckload of info I never knew but really needed. Nice work 😎
Phil -

Steve NJ to MN ,

Native plants

I’ve been listening to the show weekly for several months. I love the episodes that focus on native plants. Some episodes seem to veer way off course and I can’t remember a single mention of native plants until the last question, which invariably gets the same response. I still give these guys a 5 because they are putting themselves out there and have committed to spreading the message of benefits native plants can have not only on our ecosystem but also our communities. They have had some excellent guests who have taught me a ton. I’ll keep listening, even though at times I’d like a more focused approach, because I know I can keep learning and I want to support their commitment to this movement.

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