There’s a special kind of library in the basement of the Plant Biology Labs at Michigan State University. Here, instead of taking a book off of a shelf, you can open a folder and find a dried plant that’s 150 years old and still green. The MSU Herbarium is an important resource for research biologists on campus.
MSU Grad Bill Schneider operates Wildtype Native Plant Nursury in Mason, Michigan. Current State’s Peter Whorf has been taking us there this summer to hear about Schneider’s work and expertise in the field.
Bill Schneider has operated Wildtype Native Plant Nursery in Mason for the past 17 years. As a true native Michigander, Schneider has degrees from both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He moved to northern California in the 1980’s where he further developed in his growing interest in native plants.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Red Cedar chapter of Wild Ones, a national organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices and environmental education.
An Ovid resident has some giant guests in her yard who've worn out their welcome.
Giant hogweed is a towering plant that can grow as tall as 14 feet, with white flowers spreading up to two feet in diameter. While it’s nice to look at, giant hogweed is a highly toxic plant that can cause severe burns and even blindness.
Botanist Peter Carrington is the man Michigan State University is sending to uproot this invasive species. He’s the assistant curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at MSU.