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Program 402: Gardens of England; Quiet Places in the City; The Wilderness Act
Release Date: 04-25-2015
We'll look at the benefits of an unspoiled wilderness, 50 years after the passage of the Wilderness Act. We also get tips for locating quiet places to catch your breath in the middle of busy Paris, London, and New York. Then tour guides from England recommend their favorites among Britain's most spectacular garden parks, and we examine the impact of the first Earth Day, 45 years ago.
- Tom Hooper, tour guide based in London
- Roy Nicholls, tour guide based in rural Dorset
- Gillian Chadwick, tour guide based near London
- Siobhan Wall, author of the “Quiet Places” guides (published by Francis Lincoln)
- Naturalist Gary Ferguson, author of "The Carry Home" (Counterpoint)
- Commentary from Denis Hayes, President of the Bullit Foundation
- Hill Top is the name of "Peter Rabbit” author Beatrix Potter's house and garden. It is now managed by the National Trust.
- English gardens that our guests mention this week include the Physic Garden in Chelsea, the medieval gardens at the Wheal and Downland Museum in Sussex, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, and the gardens at Hidcote in Gloucestershire.
- Other favorite gardens of Rick and our guests include the Italianate Bodnant Gardens near Conwy in North Wales, the gardens of the Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland, and the various gardens in Sussex and Kent, south of London.
- Kew Gardens in London is the headquarters for the Royal Botanical Society.
- There are outstanding rose gardens in London at Hampton Court, and at Regent's Park near Baker Street. Warwick Castle on the River Avon also has exceptional gardens.
- Caller Elise enjoyed viewing the sculptures at Henry Moore's "Hoglands" home in Hertfordshire.
- Rydal Mount and Gardens is the historic home of William Wordsworth, in England's Lake District.
- The National Garden Scheme raises money for charity with special private garden tours.
- Siobhan Wall’s “Quiet” series is published by Francis Lincoln.
- The New York Times mentions Siobhan Wall’s guidebook series in the article, "Finding Oases of Calm in 3 European Cities."
- Gary Ferguson has written 23 books on nature, science and culture, and is a member of the National Geographic Lecture Series. Wildwords summarizes Gary's works, and speaking schedule.
- Gary Ferguson's book "The Carry Home" has been awarded the 2015 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for adult literature on environmental topics.
- Gary Ferguson writes in the Los Angeles Times about the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
- The actual provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
- Denis Hayes is president and CEO of the non-profit Bullitt Foundation in Seattle.
- Denis Hayes has co-authored "Cowed" with his wife Gail Boyer Hayes about the environmental issues created by large scale cattle farming in the U.S.
- The New York Times wrote about Denis Hayes' work coordinating the first Earth Day observances in 1970.
More about Paris' bus system - A caller from Chino Hills, California tells Rick how he found an oasis in Paris on the city's bus system. (runs 1:47)
More with Gary Ferguson - Rick and naturalist author Gary Ferguson discuss the need for everybody to understand how dependent we all are on the earth's complex natural eco-systems. (runs 1:16)