This just in: Ketzel Levine was one of the reporters laid off during the latest round of cuts at NPR. You know Ketzel from her coverage of any number of interesting plant-related stories on NPR over the years, and from her NPR-hosted blog, Talking Plants. She’s also the author of Plant This!, a guide to gorgeous year-round plants.
So here’s how I look at this. There’s the animal kingdom. That includes us and everything we do, so it gets quite a bit of coverage in the news. Then there’s the plant kingdom. That includes all green life growing on the planet. It provides the air we breathe and the food we eat. So it’s pretty important, too.
(Other kingdoms–Linneaus liked the idea of a mineral kingdom, but a kingdom of rocks didn’t get far–and then of course there’s the fungi kingdom, and important but less-appreciated kingdoms of bacteria and other microorganisms–your Protista, your Archaea, and your Eubacteria–but I digress–)
My point is that gardening and horticulture are ways in which we humans go outside and INTERACT WITH THE PLANT KINGDOM. Which, you know, seems pretty important. And newsworthy.
Why NPR would cut its coverage of All Things Green at a time when we’re all trying to figure out how to keep the planet healthy and feed ourselves and the world is beyond me. But, you know, they didn’t ask GardenRant.
So Ketzel, we wish you luck with whatever’s next. And anytime you want to come rant with us, just say the word.