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#116 Native Plants and Invasives & Certified Wildlife Habitats

Austin, TX

The human love affair with plants dates back thousands of years. When overseas travel became possible, exotic plants were common cargo on ships all across the world. Unfortunately, many of those plants proved to be far more aggressive outside of their native range. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center we explain why some exotic plants are dangerous, how gardeners can prevent further spread of some of the more aggressive species, and how using the right native plant for a particular space can make gardening easier for people and better for the planet. We also visit a private native garden that is a certified wildlife habitat and look at what is involved in bringing nature to our own back door. In the kitchen, Chef Nathan uses an American native fruit to create a baked blueberry clafouti.

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