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A GROWING PASSION: Urban Forests: Trees And Plants In The City

Airs Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. KPBS TV + Monday, April 9 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2

Founder of TreePeople, Andy Lipkis and Host Nan Sterman discuss urban forestry.

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Above: Founder of TreePeople, Andy Lipkis and Host Nan Sterman discuss urban forestry.

Host Nan Sterman returns for Season 5 of A GROWING PASSION, a television show that celebrates all the ways that San Diego “grows,” from farms and nurseries to backyards and schoolyards, to native habitats and more.

The words "urban" and "forest" may sound like contradictory terms but our urban environments are, or could be, vast forests of street trees, park trees, and backyard trees.

Trees are very important in the urban environment, where they serve many valuable purposes.

Andy Lipkis, world-renowned leader in urban forestry, is founder of Tree People in Los Angeles. We kick off this episode with Andy giving an overview and creating an appreciation for urban forestry.

Urban Forests: Trees And Plants In The City

The words "urban" and "forest" may sound like contradictory terms but our urban environments are, or could be, vast forests of street trees,park trees, and backyard trees. Trees are very important in the urban environment, where they serve many valuable purposes. Meet the founder of Tree People, learn about San Diego's urban forestry efforts, and how to select trees for our own gardens.

We meet him at TreePeople facilities in the Santa Monica Mountains where he tours us through demonstration and learning environments designed to serve and train a diverse audience.

Closer to home, we talk with politicians involved in the beginning of San Diego's urban forestry efforts.

We get an update on the status of San Diego's urban forest, its management, and the conflicts inherent in the process.

We meet community members whose grass roots efforts save and protect heritage trees, school children learning about the value of trees and how to care for them, too.

That discussion helps us understand what each of us can do to support trees in our neighborhoods and our communities.

Along the way, we learn about selecting trees for our own gardens and neighborhoods.

A GROWING PASSION: Season 5 Preview

See a preview of Season 5 of A GROWING PASSION which starts on April 20, 2017. We visit hops growers, the San Diego Zoo, seed farms, hydroponic growers, and learn about native bees and urban forests. Host Nan Sterman offers gardening information, tips, and advice to grow a better garden and better understand the growing world.

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