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A GROWING PASSION: Distant Roots And Tasty Shoots: Plants At The Zoo

Airs Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, March 12 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2

Host Nan Sterman and staff at the San Diego Zoo harvest banana browse.

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Above: Host Nan Sterman and staff at the San Diego Zoo harvest banana browse.

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.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Aloes and cycads.

San Diego Zoological Society is world renowned for its animal collections at the San Diego Zoo and the Zoo Safari Park.

What few people realize is that the Zoo and Safari Park have world-class collections of more than a million plants, too.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Host Nan Sterman in the orchid house.

We stroll through the zoo with some of the browse staff who point out plants they harvest on-site, then take us to the offsite farm where they grow and harvest more browse.

What there isn't room to grow on-site gets collected along highways and in neighborhoods around San Diego County.

We visit reserved koalas whose strict eucalyptus diet is prepared in a special kitchen, tortoises who enjoy a range of fresh greens and more.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Michael Gerdes / AGP Productions

Host Nan Sterman (right) feeds a tortoise.

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Episodes of A GROWING PASSION will be available for online viewing following the broadcast. All past seasons are available on demand now.

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A GROWING PASSION is on Facebook, and you can follow @GrowingPassion on Twitter. Share photos and follow the series on Instagram.

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park is on Facebook, Instagram, and you can follow @sdzsafaripark on Twitter.

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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