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Planning for and adapting to evolving landscapes

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

The plants that we live with are constantly growing and changing and as the landscape evolves, we may need to change with it.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks to Executive Director Melissa Burdick of The Brenton Arboretum in Dallas County, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Burdick and ISU Horticulturist Aaron Steil answer questions about how to plan for and adjust to our changing landscapes.


  • Melissa Burdick, executive director, The Brenton Arboretum
  • Aaron Steil, ISU Extension and Outreach consumer horticulture specialist
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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Aaron Steil is a Consumer Horticulture Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Aaron contributes his expertise to the Garden Variety podcast and newsletter and to Talk of Iowa's Horticulture Day program.