Mar 20, 2020
“Top 10 Plants: Increasing Awareness of Plants” with Dr. Mary Hockenberry Meyer and Dr. Natalie Bumgarner.
Plant blindness is the inability to “see” the plants around us, that is, to recognize them as separate and important pieces of our surroundings beyond their roles as general background or landscape. But for those who do “see” plants and their varied species, how can they communicate that information and passion to those around them? One potential answer? Lists. Drs. Mary Meyer and Natalie Bumgarner are pioneers in this technique, both coordinating with local partners, experts, media, and the public to spearhead Top Ten Plant programs in their states.
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Top Ten Plants Minnesota website: http://top10plantsmn.org/
Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota Book: https://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/ten-plants-changed-minnesota
Slide Set for Master Gardeners: http://top10plantsmn.org/resources/
Games from MN program: http://top10plantsmn.org/for-youth/
Teaching Aids/Activities: http://top10plantsmn.org/for-educators/
Top Ten Plants Tennessee website: https://ag.tennessee.edu/plantsciences/Pages/Ten-Plants-That-Shaped-Tennessee.aspx
University of Tennessee Plant Sciences YouTube Ten Plants That Shaped Tennessee playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuDyZ1bJBnM&list=PLd18DtsUS10JMB9fuWb544-bLmT9-MSOK
Mary’s Grasstalk Blog: https://grasstalk.wordpress.com
University of Minnesota Extension Yard and Garden News: https://blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu
University of Tennessee Horticultural Information: https://www.uthort.com/
University of Tennessee Master Gardeners Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ut_mastergardeners/
University of Minnesota Twitter: @UMNews
University of Minnesota Yard & Garden Twitter: @UMNyardgarden
University of Minnesota Extension: @UMNExt
University of Tennessee Twitter: @UTKnoxville
Bill Laws’ book, Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fifty-plants-that-changed-the-course-of-history-bill-laws/1102003417#/
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