When you think of winter, do you think of chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Nat King Cole did as those are the opening words of his famous “Christmas Song” so in this show we explore chestnut trees, their history, how to grow them and which varieties to choose. Our first guest is  Alen Rosic, a 39-year-old immigrant from the Balkan Peninsula who helps organize an annual chestnut festival in Iowa for the strong Bosnian community there. In the second half of the show we chat with Dr. Sandra Anagnostakis who has spent years working to breed better and more disease resistant chestnut trees at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. We’ll learn how to choose cultivars, how to protect our trees from fungal disease, how to care for your trees and lots more.

Chestnuts on the Colossal Chestnut tree. Photo credit: Dr. Sandra Anagnostakis

During the show we answer lots of live listeners questions. The discussion continues on this episode’s facebook post where you can find more links, photographs and information about this topic.

The Urban Forestry Radio Show’s host is Susan Poizner, creator of the award-winning fruit tree care training program www.orchardpeople.com and author of the award-winning fruit tree care book “Growing Urban Orchards”.

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