Carex and Mt. Cuba Center with Sam Hoadley.

Nestled in the hills of Hockessin, Delaware, the Mt. Cuba Center whose mission is to “inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.” Today, we’re joined by Sam Hoadley from the Mt. Cuba Center to talk about his latest research on Carex and the other exciting projects at the Mt. Cuba Center.

About our guest, Sam Hoadley - Sam Hoadley is the Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba Center where he evaluates native plant species, old and new cultivars, and hybrids in the Trial Garden. Sam earned his degree in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture from the University of Vermont..

Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this episode:

  • Tell us about the Mt. Cuba Center.

  • Why did you decide to research Carex?

  • What factors did you use to evaluate the 70 types?

  • What did you learn about the various results?

  • Are sod farms interested in the results?

  • Is the industry considering moving away from existing lawn grasses?

  • How can we as gardeners and homeowners help to move to a more sustainable lawn?

  • Can you tell us about another research project that you are excited about?

Connect with Sam and the Mt. Cuba Center!

Resources mentioned during the show

Season 9, episode 4 - February 13th, 2023.

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