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Lisa Barry

There are nearly 700 peony plants inside the Nichols Arboretum, part of the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens next to the University Medical Center.  The garden opened to the public over 90 years ago, but visitors have been discouraged to visit this year to observe social distancing advisories in light of the current global health crisis we're experiencing.  But there is one way to connect with the garden through a newly-published book about it called "Passion for Peonies."  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the creators of the book, garden curator David Michener and the director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, Bob Grese.


Lisa Barry

The peonies are starting to bloom at Nichols Arboretum, but garden officials are telling people to stay away due to coronavirus concerns.


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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Amanda Krugliak, curator at the Institute For The Humanities at the University of Michigan.  They talk about a new mural depicting the first African-American student admitted to the University of Michigan.


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Most of us are familiar with the term “from farm to table” when it comes to eating fresh food.  But are you familiar with “from garden to pharmacy,” when it comes to some of the medications you take?

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry takes you to an Ann Arbor garden, where a variety of plants are grown to be used in research and to demonstrate what some medications are made from...hidden in plain sight.

Dan Ezekiel
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The Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group recently underwent a change in leadership.  Dan Ezekiel now serves as Group Chair.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," Dan tells WEMU’s David Fair about efforts to create more active participation in meetings, outdoor activities, and dramatically increase the number of advocates heading into the 2020 elections.


Earth Day
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Ann Arbor's annual Earth Day Festival will take place on April 28th at the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells what what attendees can expect. 
 

         

Lisa Barry

Michigan is known as the “Great Lakes State” with a lot of focus on water, but many people may not realize there are numerous prairie fields here including in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to some of the area’s “large open grasslands” hidden in plain sight…


Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan

A new academic year will get underway at the University of Michigan, and students will see more fresh and local items on the campus menu.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets together with Jeremy Moghtader, Farm Manager of the U-M Campus Farm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, about the increasing focus on the U of M campus on food and sustainability. 


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A new "medicinal garden" just opened at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor to showcase the connection between plants and medicine.