Native Plant Programs


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5 Reasons to Plant Native Plants

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. It is approximately 45 minutes long, including time for questions. If you want a similar program that goes into more detail and discusses specific native plants and tips for incorporating them into your landscape, please consider my program Incorporating Native Plants into Your Backyard.

Description: Native plants are growing in popularity among homeowners and gardeners. In this program we’ll discuss 5 reasons why you should consider incorporating native plants into your landscape.

10 Tips for Attracting Pollinators

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. I prefer to have 1-1.25 hours, including time for questions to do this program. If necessary, I can adapt the program to fit in a 45 minute time period, but that will eliminate most of our question and discussion time. (This topic tends to generate lots of questions.) Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Pollinator gardens have grown in popularity in recent years. In this program, we’ll discuss tips for attracting pollinators to your garden and why it is important to keep these things in mind.

Creating an Eco-friendly Yard

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. The program is approximately 45 minutes to an hour long, including questions.

Description: The traditional image of a “perfect yard,” is a lush, well-manicured, heavily fertilized, weed-free expanse of solid green grass. However, more and more people are recognizing that this type of yard is not very ecologically friendly. In this program, we’ll discuss why the traditional “perfect yard” is not ecologically friendly and simple steps you can take to make your yard more eco-friendly.

Incorporating Native Plants into Your Backyard

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. I prefer to have 1.25-1.5 hours, including time for questions to do this program. If you want a similar, but shorter program, please consider my program 5 Reasons to Plant Native Plants. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Native plants are growing in popularity among homeowners and gardeners. Not only are native plants adapted to our crazy weather and soils, they also provide valuable food and resources for pollinators and songbirds. In this class we’ll discuss why native plants can be important additions to your garden, things to consider when purchasing and planting native plants, some native plants you might want to consider for your yard, and the pollinators or other wildlife that use those plants.

Native, Exotic, Invasive, and Aggressive Plants: What are they and why does it matter?

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. It is approximately 45 minutes long, including time for questions.

Description: The terms native, exotic, invasive, and aggressive are often used to describe different types of plants, but what do the terms really mean? We’ll dig into the definitions of each type of plant and discuss their different ecological impacts.

Native Plants for Attracting Butterflies

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. It typically takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: We’ll learn how to use native plants to attract butterflies to your garden, including which plants are important hosts for caterpillars. We will also discuss some native plants that you might want to consider planting.

Planting for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Notes: This presentation was developed for a general audience. It typically takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. When scheduling this program, please discuss with me how much time will be available.

Description: Different types of pollinators have different habitat requirements, and not all plants attract all pollinators equally. We will discuss the many different types of pollinators that you can attract to your gardens and some of the things to keep in mind when planting for pollinators, especially bees and butterflies. We will also discuss some native plants that you might want to consider planting for pollinators.