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For the Love of Rhododendron

Season 2: Episode 3 - A postcard is a small thing

In this episode we meet Dr. Anna Asatryan, a Senior Researcher at the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia. Her work has dealt with the documentation and conservation of Armenia's native flora, including Rhododendron caucasicum. We learn that while involved in the eco-tourism industry documenting the important plant areas of Armenia she fell in love with Rhododendrons. Her efforts have inspired residents of Armenia's mountain villages to see their native species with different eyes, and we discover that an activity as un-assuming as sharing an illustrated postcard has the power to stimulate daily acts of conservation, reminding us that we are all one organism, one ecosystem.

In the wise words of Mother Teresa, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

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Explore the links below to learn more about topics mentioned in this episode:

Armenia's Important Plant Areas< Armenia's Important Plant Areas

Betchart Expeditions Ecotourism Betchart Expeditions Ecotourism

Asatryan's Scientific Profile Dr. Asatryan's Scientific Profile

Asatryan's R. caucasicum study Asatryan's R. caucasicum study

Armenia's_Plants Intro to Armenia's Botanical Paradise

R. 'Cunningham's White' R. caucasicum hybrid
'Cunningham's White' as rootstock

 

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