Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Explore the conservation of plants and ecosystems across Virginia

An oblong fuzzy green nut hanging from a tree.
The butternut tree, also known as white walnut, has become a rare plant in Virginia as it's range shrinks to cooler areas to the north and west.

Learn about the conservation of unique plants and ecosystems across the Commonwealth. Peggy Singlemann visits the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce to meet curator, T’ai Roulston, to learn about butternut trees and the arboretum’s work to establish best practices to reseed native forests in areas overcome by invasive plants. Serome Hamlin explores the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge with Manager, Chris Lowie, to talk about the natural and human history of the swamp and learn how the unique ecosystem is protected. Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger explains the importance of supporting pollinators and Shana Williams shares tips for conserving energy by using solar powered drip irrigation in your home or garden.

Virginia Home Grown (Season 23 Episode 6)