Native Plant Celebration
Saturday, April 18, 1:00- 7:00 pm
“Because nearly 85% of the U.S. is privately owned, our private properties are an opportunity for long-term conservation if we design them to meet the needs of the life around us.”
Dr. Doug Tallamy
Thanks to the work of Dr. Doug Tallamy, in his publication Bringing Nature Home, a case was made for the absolute importance of native plants in providing food for wildlife, connecting fragmented habitats, and increasing the biological diversity around us. His second publication, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, promoted strategies that combined horticulture and ecology. His work at the University of Delaware has provided evidence on the actual impact native plants have on the immediate wildlife communities.
Native Plant Celebration Itinerary
1:00 Nature’s Best Hope — Dr. Tallamy
Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
2:30 Are “Alien” Plants “Bad”? — Dr. Tallamy
The expense of fighting introduced plant invasions has encouraged the argument that if an introduced plant helps a particular butterfly, bird, or bee, why not embrace it? Using data from several studies, Tallamy answers this and related questions, showing that we can determine the overall impact of introduced plants on our ecosystems only by comparing what is gained from their use with what is lost when they replace native plant communities.
3:30 Book Signing and Native Plant Sale
5:45 The Wildlife in My Garden — Lynda Price
Learn about the different types of insects, birds, mammals and more that are attracted to an ecologically diverse backyard. Discover why it is important to live with animals whose lifestyles don’t affect us and those whose actions we may not appreciate!
6:30 Intrigue and Espionage in the Garden — Carrie Elvey
Enjoy a light-hearted look at how plants and animals in your backyard employ a whole range of James Bond-style gadgets, weapons, disguises and international intrigue.
Cost: $40.00 for members, $50.00 non-members. Limited to 100 participants.