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Growing On The High Plains: House Plants For Health Care

Angie Haflich/High Plains Public Radio
One of High Plains Public Radio's very own "house" plants adorns a desk at the Garden City studios.

We often choose to surround ourselves with living organisms because we can indeed feel their presence. After more than a year of lockdown, quarantine, and isolation, the delights of keeping houseplants seems to have caught on with many whose thumbs were hardly “green” before the pandemic.

From ferns to African violets, it’s nice to have company! Tune in to Growing on the High Plains today as we discuss houseplants and how they can provide fulfilment and companionship.

I’ll also share some history about a little-known album from 1976 that was created to be “music for plants.” The record was Mother Earth's Plantasia, created primarily by Mort Garson on a Moog synthesizer. Click here to hear the full album – either for your own enjoyment, or to entertain your potted housemate, Fern.

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.