Wise gardening choices in residential and commercial landscapes help ensure the health and survival of local wildlife as well as ourselves. Recent research and in-depth observations demonstrate the value of native plants as the backbone for urban and suburban green space to attract and support the diversity of life needed for a truly functional (and beautiful) landscape. We’ll explore the findings of various authors and researchers and discuss their recommendations for creating gardens that offer a sustainable lifeline for everyone — insects to humans.
Margie Hunter is a naturalist, writer and author of Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place. She gives presentations on native plants and natural history, is a member of Tennessee Native Plant Society and Tennessee Invasive Plant Council, and volunteers with the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Margie is a founding board member of the Tennessee Naturalist Program, an adult education natural history course, and serves as an instructor for several classes.
The Tennessee Native Plant Society hosts monthly Native Plant Seminars. These seminars are held via Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Central Time (7:30 p.m. Eastern Time) and lasting about one hour. All members, and potential members, are welcome to join the meeting at no cost. The link to join this seminar is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89214199381?pwd=dFFLSFBkak5PeVIyUm1qa0lVWCtOQT09