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Every year, more than 38,000 missing persons reports are made in Australia; that’s equal to one report every 15 minutes. Most are found quickly, but those who do not return home leave behind an immeasurable void and loved ones searching for answers. It’s like a nightmare that never ends. Hosted by former policeman turned journalist Meni Caroutas, The Missing will take listeners on an emotional journey with the hope of providing closure for families and friends of missing people. Support this ...
 
Come along with horticulturist Daniel Fuller as we enter a hidden world of horticultural, ecological and landscape gardening knowledge with featured experts, industry professionals and enthusiasts. We inform and inspire you with weekly episodes to help you become an unstoppable plant whisperer.
 
In-Spectre Rabbit explores the ideas of our time, ideologies of the past, present and emerging through discussions with people who might change the world. Come on a journey with your host, Peppa, and journey down the rabbit hole with our guests. Experience an intimate conversation that explores our guests ideologies, theory, cutting edge research, life's work and the motivations behind their actions. We will explore their area of expertise and attempt to understand what makes them tick, why ...
 
The Familiar Strange is a podcast about doing anthropology: that is, about listening, looking, trying out, and being with, in pursuit of uncommon knowledge about humans and culture. Find show notes, plus our blog about anthropology's role in the world, at https://www.thefamiliarstrange.com. Twitter: @tfsTweets. FB: facebook.com/thefamiliarstrange. Instagram: @thefamiliarstrange. Brought to you by your familiar strangers: Ian Pollock, Jodie-Lee Trembath, Julia Brown, Simon Theobald, Kylie Won ...
 
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Do you think the global green industry needs a job board of its own? I do. That's why I created HortPeople.com, the new job board that launches next weekend. In this episode, my mentor Karen Smith interviews me about why I started it, why it matters for our industry, and why anybody should even care. You'll learn about the features, the 42 job cate…
 
This week Familiar Stranger Tim speaks with Dr Letizia Bonanno.Dr Letizia Bonanno is a medical anthropologist working on issues of care and pharmaceuticals. In March 2019 she earned her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester.In their conversation, Tim asks Letizia about her fieldwork in a social clinic of solidarity in Athens …
 
We all love learning about soil, but what about its dark side? In this episode, contaminated land consultant, Sheridan Chapman comes on the show to help us become aware of soil hazards, and give us some insight into the types of risk assessments she undertakes as part of her work. EPISODE LINKS No links this time! FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Twitter:…
 
We covered amenity tree pruning in episode 96, but what about fruit tree pruning? Do the same rules apply? And do the rules that apply to apples also apply to other fruits in the rose family like pears, cherries and/or apricots? Find out in this episode with return guest Scott Smith, head gardener for the National Trust for Scotland at Haddo House …
 
We’re back! We’re back from our Semester break and keen to get back into creating the content you know and love. This week, we’re joined by Dr Sean Heath! The newest Familiar Stranger. In the first part of this panel, we dive into Sean’s work with competitive swimmers in Canada and the United Kingdom. We dive into what immersion is, and how it inte…
 
Urban foresters and arborists are the heroes of the urban forest, but who's supporting them? In this episode, Ben Seamark, co-founder of the Forestree GIS application speaks on why tree businesses and councils need to think a bit more deeply about how they're managing their data if they value tree longevity, and how this app can help them do that. …
 
Pests, diseases, and abiotic stress harm tree health. In this episode, Greg Packman introduces us to the basic categories of offender: vertebrates, invertebrates, fungus, bacteria and viral pathogens, as well as non-living causes of stress. EPISODE LINKS Greg's Twitter: https://twitter.com/GregPackman Greg's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gr…
 
Plants Grow Here & Branch Out are doing a swapcast! That means we're each playing an episode of each others' show. The Branch Out episode we're featuring this week is about the witchcraft revival, and how herbs are a large part of the movement. Vanessa Fuchs interviews a modern witch Christina Oakley-Harrington about her beliefs, her practices and …
 
Have you ever noticed that certain plants do better in certain parts of the garden? In this episode, Guy Deakins, author of Gardener's Guide To Protected Growing, comes on the show to tell us about different factors that affect micro climates within our gardens, and how we can create our own micro climates to protect our plants. EPISODE LINKS Buy G…
 
Have you ever worked in a heritage formal garden? Scott Smith is head gardener for National Trust for Scotland at Pitmedden Garden and Haddo House Gardens, and in this episode we take a peek into the sort of work that he oversees. Including removing 6km of English box hedge, the logistics of moving bulky materials around a large site, and maintaini…
 
Succulents are awesome. They're easy to propagate, they're easy to care for and they're easy to love. But what's going on internally to lead so many unrelated plants to all use the same strategy? Jackie Warburton is a maintenance horticulturist and business owner at Terra Solarus, and in this episode she explains how succulents photosynthesise diff…
 
How do you get qualified in horticulture? Well, you can get a nationally recognised qualification at uni, or at Tafe. In this episode, Ian Gaston from Tafe NSW explains why and how to get qualified through Tafe. This episode is sponsored by Hort Journal Australia, and I've written a corresponding article which you can read via the link below after …
 
Have you ever wondered which veggies to plant together, and which to keep apart? Angelo Eliades is back on the show, and this time he's breaking down our favourite veg families best and worst relationships with each other. We cover most of the biggest families including mint, carrot, pumpkin, tomato, and many more. EPISODE LINKS Visit the Deep Gree…
 
Today we talked about Lisa’s research on sexual and reproductive health technologies in the United States as well as in the Middle East and North Africa. We focused on emergency contraceptives and unpacked the arguments both for and against making them available over the counter in America. Lisa took a deep dive into how the activism for expanded a…
 
Gardening isn't just for food, beauty and a pay packet at the end of the week. It can also be incredibly beneficial for your body and your brain. In this episode, Karen Smith interviews Dr Kate Neale, Vice President of Therapeutic Horticulture Australia, about horticulture for therapy. This episode's sponsored by Hort Journal Australia, the horticu…
 
The Landscape Show in Melbourne is back in 2022! Megan Flower, CEO of this episode's sponsor, Landscaping Victoria, is back on the show to talk about why the landscape industry needs an event like this every year, why you should attend if you're a professional within our industry, and why you should hurry up and book a spot if you'd like to be an e…
 
Welcome back to the Familiar Strange! This week is Familiar Stranger Ruonan’s first panel as a host! We think she did pretty well! Ruonan is joined this week by Familiar Strangers Alex, Andy and Irina! Alex starts us off by telling us he is leaving us! But one thing he’ll miss (aside from the other familiar strangers of course) is the numerous bush…
 
Amanda Brezzell from Fennigan's Farms is back! She's brought her friend Tepfirah Rushdan, a.k.a. Tee, to speak about community gardening, and why it's such an important part of the black community in their home city of Detroit. EPISODE LINKS Check out the Fennigan's Farms website: https://fennigansfarms.com/ Follow Fennigan's Farms on Twitter: http…
 
Dr Richard Bate is back! The orchid family is one of the most beloved groups of plants known to humankind, and they're a passion of Richard's. In this episode, he explains how we can identify a true orchid, how we can differentiate between different types of orchids, and why they have such a special place in so many gardener's hearts. EPISODE LINKS…
 
Andrew Whitelaw (a.k.a. Wheat Watcher) is an agricultural market analyst and podcaster that is here to tell us how we can fit agricultural roles into our horticultural careers. There are skills we can learn as horticulturists out in the country that can make us much better pro gardeners, such as pruning, soil conditioning and hard manual labour. No…
 
Some differences aren't easy to spot. In this episode, Candra Burns helps us become more compassionate to the different ways our brains work so that we are able to retain staff, and create a happier workplace. She's a podcaster, social media consultant and content creator that's had extensive experience with workplace inclusivity. Don't forget to s…
 
Welcome back to the Familiar Strange. We’re back with a special panel episode with familiar stranger Alex sitting down with some of the First year PhD students doing Anthropology at ANU. Mamta, Maddy and Andy were kind enough to take some time out of their busy schedules and discuss all things PhD. From life pre-PhD to where they could go next, we …
 
Compost is a gardener's best friend. It feeds your plants, amends your soil, and it's made of so-called "waste". Mark Valencia from Self Sufficient me is back for this episode, because he's the compost king, and the best person to explain this important topic. EPISODE LINKS The Self Sufficient Me YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ…
 
I've got a good news story for you! In this episode, Tim Park, manager at Ōtari Native Botanic Gardens, speaking about how reintroducing the kaka beak plant into gardens in Wellington has brought the native kaka bird back from the brink of extinction. This is a story of the mutualistic relationship between a bird and a plant, and it demonstrates a …
 
Part 2 of the 2 part MIFGS series is even bigger than the first part. Join me as I make my way through a fair chunk of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. EPISODE LINKS MIFGS: https://melbflowershow.com.au/ Travellers Aid: https://www.travellersaid.org.au/ Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ Garden City Plastics: https://www.g…
 
Welcome back to the Familiar Strange! This week Familiar Stranger Alex sits down with Dr Eric Hirsch. Dr Eric Hirch is currently an assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College in the department of Environmental Studies. Eric’s research interests center around local understandings of what it means to be wealthy; the impacts of mineral extract…
 
MIFGS, a.k.a. the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, is back in 2022 after a 2 year hiatus. I was lucky enough to attend for each of the 5 days, where I networked, volunteered, and interviewed people doing interesting things in the gardening space. This is part 1 of the 2 part MIFGS series. EPISODE LINKS MIFGS website: https://melbflower…
 
Shout out to Eucalyptus regnans! The Eucalypt of the Year for 2022, and also the tallest flowering plant in the world. There's been a technical issue that's prevented us from releasing the fourth part in our eucalypt series, but don't worry! It'll be ready for you to listen to in a few weeks. EPISODE LINKS Visit the Eucalypt Australia website: http…
 
Ep # 88: Creating Queer Space & The Lenses of War: This month on TFS. Welcome back for another Panel! This week we’re joined by familiar strangers Carolyn West, Matt Phung, Ruonan Chen and Alex D’Aloia. Carolyn starts us off this week by sharing her recent experiences at a Hen’s night she had recently. She shares her experience entering into differ…
 
Are eucalypts widow makers? Do they poison the soil? Do they destroy buildings? We're celebrating #NationalEucalyptDay by busting some eucalypt myths with Dean Nicolle, a botanist, arborist and gum nut that manages the largest collection of eucalypt species in the world, at Currency Creek Arboretum. This is the third episode in our four-part eucaly…
 
What if we mixed exercise with plant appreciation? That's exactly what we're talking about in this episode with Dr Meg Hirst and Georgia Warren, who are running an exciting program at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria (RBGV) with participants from the public. Make sure you subscribe to Hort Journal Australia so you receive a physical copy of th…
 
We're celebrating #NationalEucalyptDay by discussing the chemistry of eucalypts and their oils with Professor Ros Gleadow, a board member for Eucalypt Australia and Professor of Plant Sciences at Monash University. This is the second episode in our four-part eucalypt series - look forward to next week's episode with Dean Nicolle about eucalypt myth…
 
How can we keep bees ethically and sustainably while harvesting their delicious honey? In this episode, Cormac Farrell, head beekeeper at the Parliament of Australia, explains what bees do, how they do it, and how we as humans can responsibly use them as livestock to obtain a yield for ourselves. As a professional gardener, it's a topic that comes …
 
Before we dive into today’s episode we’d just like to add a content warning for this episode for sexual assault and drug use.This week, Familiar Stranger Carolyn sits down with Adrian Watts, a PhD Candidate from the University of Melbourne. Adrian spent his fieldwork in a London squat called The Black Stag. Throughout this conversation, Carolyn ask…
 
All throughout March we're dropping an episode every week to celebrate National Eucalypt Day with Eucalypt Australia! We're kicking this 4 part series off with an introduction to eucs with Linda Baird, who's the CEO of Eucalypt Australia. We had a wide-ranging chat covering topics such as their unique flower structures, their benefits for native wi…
 
So you'd like to start, or progress, your horticultural career. This episode with John Sheely, who's the head gardener at Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, is designed to give you a bird's eye view of the different pathways you can take in parks and gardens, production horticulture, agriculture, and a range of other sectors within the horticultural indu…
 
Welcome back to The Familiar Strange! We’re joined this week by our newest Familiar Stranger, Kathryn! You might have heard her on Episode 84 last season but we’ve convinced her to stick around! Welcome Kathryn. We start this month’s episode by discussing the recent protests that have been occurring in Australia’s capital. Kathryn and the rest of t…
 
We have some stunning native flora in Victoria, as well as around the rest of Australia, and many of the most beautiful plants you can imagine are at-risk or endangered. What if we brought some of those plants into cultivation in order to preserve them? Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) is doing just that with their Raising Rarity program, and …
 
Ben Courtice is back to talk about pollinator preferences for flowers, with a focus on native insect pollinators. He's an ecologist, botanist and bush regenerator that's done his honours research on the button wrinklewort, an endemic aster in Victoria, and was trying to figure out why they were declining. We discuss floral constancy, density, shape…
 
Karen Smith is back for a second landscape business episode, and this time she's brought landscape business coach, John Corban along for the ride. He's going to take us deeper into the world of landscape business ownership and will teach anybody looking to start a new landscape business, or anyone looking to advance their existing business, some of…
 
Tom Wall is a guitarist that plays music with plants, using a device that translates a plant's electromagnetic output into music. In this episode, he tells us about his journey from Michigan to California to make music with the giant redwoods and sequoias. EPISODE LINKS This is the source of the audio used in the intro: https://www.youtube.com/watc…
 
Have you ever wondered what it takes to start a landscape business of your own? In this episode, Karen Smith helps us understand how we can start a landscape business of our own, including setting up your business, branding and marketing, employing staff, and more. EPISODE LINKS Visit Hort Journal Australia: https://hortjournal.com.au/ Contact Hort…
 
Good horticulture and agriculture begins with the soil. So why did Jake Hamilton, a grain and legume farmer in QLD, spend untold amounts to level his land? In this episode, he answers this question and explains how we can start our own soil levelling journey using the right technology and equipment, and he also explains some of the tech and equipme…
 
The Australian 2019-20 bushfire season is still fresh in our memories, but many people aren't educated on how to plan for fire in their gardens. In this episode, Karen Smith interviews Lesley Corbett, author of the wonderful book Safer Gardens: Planning For Fire & Plant Flammability. Learn which plants are more flammable than which other plants, an…
 
The palm family (Aracaceae) consists of plants that we can easily recognise, with their tall stems and crown of fronds at the tip. But did you know there are branching palms, and some that even climb as a vine? Listen to this episode to take a closer look at these wonderful plants through a botanic lens. EPISODE LINKS Scott's Twitter: https://twitt…
 
How is the horticultural industry changing? In this episode, I chat about long-term trends such as workplace diversity, ecological awareness, the move from petrol to lithium-ion and much more with my mentor Karen Smith (who's also the editor for this episode's sponsor Hort Journal Australia). Whether you know you're a bit stuck in the past with you…
 
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