EDWARDSVILLE — The Grow Native! Southwestern Illinois Event Committee will present a lineup of speakers at the Native by Design: Landscapes Beyond Beauty workshop from 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 26, at the Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College.
This public event will present information from the frontline of concepts surrounding the value of native plants.
“The Nelson Campus is excited to host this important workshop,” said Nate Keener, director of sustainability at Lewis and Clark Community College. “The Native by Design event will provide information to homeowners, community officials, landscape enthusiasts, and professionals about how native plants sustain native pollinators and cherished wildlife.”
During this workshop, participants will learn:
- Key concepts and methods for integrating native plants on their land whether its homeowners, communities, businesses, or institutions.
- Why communities need native plants.
- How communities, homeowners, businesses, and professionals promote pollinators and practice sound stewardship.
Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 84 research publications and has taught courses for 34 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand how insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. “The Living Landscape,” co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence.
Local and regional presenters:
- Jean Ponzi, Missouri Botanical Garden
- Rich Macho, Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Becky McMahon, DJM Ecological
- Mitch Leachman, St. Louis Audubon Society
- Ellen Nordhauser, master gardener and master naturalist
- Tom Shirrell, Green Thumb Nursery
- Scott Moss, Lewis and Clark Community College
- Tom Doyle, HeartLand Prairie
- Jesse Riechman, Southern Illinois Prescribed Burn Association
- Bill Klunk, The Gardens at SIUE
- Lyle Guyon, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Cost of the workshop, including breakfast, is $30 per person and $20 per person for students. Registration is required by Feb. 12. Visit http://grownative.org/events or call (888) 843-6739 for information.