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Audible Cafe Radio Show and Podcast

May 6, 2020

Welcome to the Audible Café Radio Show & Podcast!

Today I’m happy to share my interview with Bridghe McCracken and Amillie Coster of Helia Native Nursery in Alford, Massachusetts.

Helia’s mission is to protect native plant diversity, and as you’ll hear, there is a lot more to it than fencing off a section of land and letting it go wild. Although, sometimes, that is just what is required.

Helia works with a sharp eye to the threat of climate change, pollution, and development on the ecosystems that surround us in our everyday lives, as well as in more wild places. After you’ve listened, I think you will find yourself paying much closer attention to the plants around you, leaning closer to the ground to see a diversity of plant life that astounds, even in suburban landscapes. I know I did!

Thank you, Bridghe and Amillie, for being so generous with your time, and for your dedication in working tirelessly to protect the diversity of native plants that have sustained life on earth for millions of years and can sustain us now, if we take care to not destroy them. We can celebrate spring this year by going native!

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Thanks again, and have a great week!



Helia Native Nursery website

Master List of Native Plants in Berkshire-Taconic Ecoregion