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Episode XXV: Befriend Bugs; Design for Everyone with Kate Hayes

Episode XXV: Befriend Bugs; Design for Everyone with Kate Hayes
Garden Futurist
Garden Futurist
Episode XXV: Befriend Bugs; Design for Everyone with Kate Hayes

Spring 2023

Read the companion article here.

What happens when a landscape architecture firm started by an ecologist becomes a force for community change? Garden Futurist talks to Kate Hayes from Miridae about building immersive nature experiences that support plant communities, wildlife, and neighborhoods by embracing community science and gardening.

Are you designing gardens that change the world? Show us Your Solutions

Pacific Horticulture’s DESIGN FUTURIST AWARD elevates the beauty of garden designs that are climate resilient, steward biodiversity, and connect people with nature.


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A show about innovative thinkers contributing to a climate resilient future through the power of gardens.

Produced and hosted by Sarah Beck, Adriana Lopez, and Adrienne St Claire 

Edited and directed by Kelsey Skonberg 

Sarah Beck is the executive director of Pacific Horticulture.

Adriana López-Villalobos currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia where she works as Curatorial Coordinator for the UBC Botanical Garden. She is originally from Mexico, where she completed her BSC and MSc, studying plant ecology and mating systems evolution, before migrating to Canada to pursue a PhD focusing on the genetics of species across their geographic ranges.

Adrienne St. Clair is a botanist working with Metro, a regional government in Portland, Oregon where her work spans conservation to restoration. Adrienne managed a native plant nursery for almost a decade before pursuing a graduate degree. She received her Master’s in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden where she studied the effect of horticulture techniques on native-plant genetics.

Kelsey Skonberg is a Community-Centered Video and Podcast Editor and Science Journalist in Everett, WA.




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