Wildflowers|Seeds of History

March 3rd, 2011 Posted in wildflowers

Wildflowers|Seeds of History KLRU

Last spring, I bet more cameras focused on wildflowers than ever before.

field of phlox and other wildflowers

KLRU was there too, thanks to Director of Photography Ed Fuentes and additional camera by Derek Joyoprayitno, for a project inspired by Betsy Gerdeman, KLRU’s Senior Vice President, and supported every step of the way by General Manager Bill Stotesbery and Production Manager JJ Weber.

Wildflowers|Seeds of History

But with this assignment, my first one in HD video, I wanted to do more than just another travelogue or collage of “pretty faces.” I wanted to tell the significant story behind the wildflowers that impact our ecology and thus our lives. So, Wildflowers|Seeds of History travels the back roads of history that forecast the seeds of the future.

bluebonnets back roads
How did Native Americans and pioneers historically (and us, today) use wildflowers and other native plants for medicine, food, teas, and art?

thelesperma, greenthread wildflower
What are the legends inspired by spring’s majestic transformation?

gaillardia field

Did you know that the prickly pear cactus almost won out over the bluebonnet as the State flower (though prickly pear is the State plant)?

Prickly pear cactus with bluebonnets

And, if you happened to nab a picture of grazing cows in a field of bluebonnets, get the story behind that picturesque scene.

cows in bluebonnets
Find out how prickly poppy, prickly pear cactus, and wild garlic shaped our history.

prickly poppy with tree
And how native phlox got a new rendition when Europeans fell in love with it.

Phlox in Texas wildflower meadow
For gardeners, what’s the deal that these flowers show up in bizarre spots but crater in our gardens?

4-nerve daisy seeded in rock
What are the wildflowers really doing out there? Why is their diversity and self-sown companion planting so crucial to our destiny?

Indian paintbrush Wildflowers|Seeds of History

How does this all impact our food chain and a symbiosis to a healthy economy, wildlife, and ecological security?

Texas wildflowers

Go behind the wildflower scenery with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Executive Director, Susan Rieff, Senior Director Damon Waitt, Director of Horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya, and Invasive Plant Specialist Travis Gallo; Matt Turner, author of Remarkable Plants of Texas; Luci Baines Johnson; Jennifer Robb, Lady Bird Johnson’s granddaughter, Dennis Markwardt from TxDOT, and Carrie & Dean Wolf, young gardeners who are passing along Lady Bird’s mission with native plants for wildlife in all seasons.

Marshallia

Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel narrates; musician John Mills composed the powerful score with acclaimed musicians.

Indian paintbrush Texas wildflower field

This couldn’t have happened without the support and project direction from Saralee Tiede, Director of Communications at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

largeflower evening primrose with Texas bluebonnets and phlox
Also, thanks to Kathleen Scott from Hill Country Mysteries for assisting us on locations.  I found her super blog one night, sent her a message, and bang, she was on it!

Texas wildflowers
I extend a heartfelt thanks to the The LBJ Family Foundation for providing funding.

Texas wildflowers

And to Sarah Cunningham, archivist at the LBJ Library, who helped me locate Lady Bird footage and sound bites.

Yellow flax

And I must thank my husband, Greg, who traveled this road with me, along with lots of late dinners!

4-nerve daisy with bluebonnets in Texas field

Finally, I send a big emotional hug to all the incredible, fabulous people at KLRU who jumped into this one, on top of everything else they do, with total creative energy and enthusiasm, including solving technical frazzles, tossing ideas, and just simply being there when I needed them most.

Thank Sara Robertson, graphics designer Mark Pedini, and effects editor Eve Tarlo for incredible graphics and all the “extras.”

turks and spiderwort Wildflowers|Seeds of History

It takes a village to make Wildflowers, like Maury Sullivan, April Burcham, Libby Peterek (web genius), Paul Sweeney (final editor and technical guru), Sharon Cullen (audio mixer supreme), Gene Harris, Maria Rodriguez, David Lauderman, Shane Guiter, Lauren Burton, Rebecca Adams and everyone at KLRU.

Texas bluebonnets
Wildflowers|Seeds of History, a one-hour documentary, premieres on KLRU March 10 at 7 p.m. Other PBS stations will air later. Until you can see it on your PBS station, we launch the web site on March 10, to watch online, get resources, and wildflower identification.

Until next week, Linda

  1. 30 Responses to “Wildflowers|Seeds of History”

  2. By Judith Tye on Mar 3, 2011

    I can hardly wait! I know this is going to be one for the books, with all that talent, and I’m so glad we can watch it online. You are a treasure! All the best,
    Judy

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    Linda reply on March 3rd, 2011 8:22 pm:

    You are my treasure! Cathy’s garden is ready to go! Thank you for all you inspiration!

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  3. By Joanne Proffitt on Mar 3, 2011

    Thanks so much for this!! My husband, and I will be watching on the 10th.

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    Linda reply on March 3rd, 2011 8:21 pm:

    Yahoo! Thanks for watching and checking into the CTG blog.

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  4. By Sarah on Mar 3, 2011

    The photos are unbelievable! Now, I can’t wait to check out the program.

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    Linda reply on March 3rd, 2011 10:01 pm:

    Thanks, Sarah! And there’s a ton more!

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  5. By Caroline on Mar 3, 2011

    I can’t wait either! It looks like it will be an awesome show.

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    Linda reply on March 4th, 2011 5:16 pm:

    Hi, Caroline! I learned a ton!

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  6. By Karen on Mar 4, 2011

    This is great. I am a big wild flower fan, and am looking forward to seeing the documentary, on March 10th.

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    Linda reply on March 4th, 2011 5:16 pm:

    Thanks, Karen! It’s been a major kick!

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  7. By Brent Henry on Mar 4, 2011

    I bet it is going to be glorious. I can hardly wait to see it. I recognize the Willow City loop in at least one of the pictures; my favorite part of Texas!

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    Linda reply on March 4th, 2011 5:15 pm:

    Hi, Brent! Yes, it’s too bad we didn’t run into you there for a cameo shot! Kisses to Jenga.

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  8. By Jo Dwyer on Mar 4, 2011

    We all know how talented you are — it’s evident in the beautiful CTG segments you put together week after week. This documentary is sure to be fantastic. We can’t wait to see it Linda!

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    Linda reply on March 4th, 2011 5:15 pm:

    Jo, I adore you! My work isn’t as tough as yours, though. Sometimes it seems like it, but nothing compares to what you & Farmer John do.

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  9. By Diana on Mar 4, 2011

    I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see the fruits of all your hard work and dedication. It all sounds amazing.

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    Linda reply on March 4th, 2011 5:14 pm:

    Thanks, Diana! I appreciate the emotional support you’ve provided all these months!

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  10. By cherie foster colburn on Mar 4, 2011

    Can’t wait, Linda!

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  11. By cherie foster colburn on Mar 4, 2011

    Texas is so rich with beauty AND history. Thank you, Linda, for marrying the two. My alarm is set!

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    Linda reply on March 4th, 2011 5:14 pm:

    You are so cool! Can’t wait to see your book on Wildflowers!

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  12. By Marilyn Kircus on Mar 4, 2011

    Can’t wait to get the video here at Anahuac. It sounds really special and will be another tool to get people to grow native plants and help our wildlife live.

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  13. By Ted Whatley on Mar 4, 2011

    Linda!
    This is stunning. Thanks to your Thyme friends, the word is out. I am so proud of you. You’ve persevered where others have faltered. Remember Socrates? In every frame.

    Looking forward to the 10th.

    your pal,

    ted whatley

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    Linda reply on March 5th, 2011 4:03 pm:

    Thanks Ted! You are always an inspiration to me, so I’m thrilled I can send a little back your way. Best to you always.

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  14. By Cecilia on Mar 7, 2011

    I can hardly wait! With all the super talent and support behind this and with your vision and guidance, how can this be anything but wonderful?

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    Linda reply on March 7th, 2011 5:47 pm:

    Yes, KLRU is a wonderful team! Hope you like it, too!

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  15. By Michael McNichol on Mar 10, 2011

    Linda-

    Enjoying this.. great work and thanks to KLRU! Your seed has found a home ;)

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    Linda reply on March 11th, 2011 4:01 pm:

    Thanks, Michael!

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  16. By Linda/patchwork on Mar 10, 2011

    Linda,
    Congratulations on a wonderful program. Just got finished watching, and we are so impressed. So much information. I’m glad we recorded it. I’ll be watching it again.

    Thanks to all of you, for such good work.

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    Linda reply on March 11th, 2011 4:01 pm:

    Linda,

    Thank you so much for watching and I’m glad you liked it!

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  17. By Gregory Thomas on Mar 11, 2011

    WOW! I watched it in all its HD glory yesterday. It was wonderful in every way! Terrific stories, science, photography, interviews, music–everything!

    Congratulations to you and your big team, Linda! What a wonderful gift to us all!

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    Linda reply on March 11th, 2011 4:00 pm:

    Thanks, Gregory!

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