In ‘Branch Out’, host Vanessa Fuchs goes rustling through the undergrowth at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to show off the science and the stories behind some of its most interesting plants.
And with nature right there on the doorstep, it’s great to hear so many of the interviews recorded out in the field looking at stuff, allowing scientists to get a little bit more animated than they might do stuck in the studio or in a lab.
Trevor Wilson and New Zealander Matt Renner are botanical buddies who spend weeks at a time together on the road trying to discover new plants. It’s just a shame they don’t share the same musical tastes and can only agree on listening to one song on the car stereo…which they do, on repeat, for hundreds and hundreds of ks! (‘City of New Orleans’ by Arlo Guthrie in case you’re wondering).
That’s just one of the interesting facts that emerges as they discuss a new plant they discovered in a very unlikely place. We play some of Episode 6 of Branch Out called Botany, bryophytes and a bizarre discovery from The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, presented by Vanessa Fuchs.