Monday, March 1, 2010

Gardening for nature

I gave a talk this evening for a group of Master Gardeners about 'Gardening in Tune with Nature.'

It's my stump speech, for sure, changed and honed over the last 15 years. I updated it again this morning. It's about gardening to support wildlife, restoring the ecology of your (back and front) yard, and attempts to inspire folks to think about planting more native plants as well as pollinator-friendly and wildlife-friendly non-natives.

I make the point that increased biodiversity in planting results in more wildlife diversity. But I'm beginning to think I also need to talk about what makes natural plant communities function well, too.

Hmm. I provide lists of great plants to add to gardens in our region, and hopefully was persuasive. What's good for restoring the ecology of your backyard (Noah's Garden) is not normally what horticulture marketing wants you to buy.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lecture I would enjoy hearing. Give it again next year ok?

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  2. I'd be interested in your lists of plants, if they're in a form you can post.

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  3. You have a very nice blog, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it! I am so glad that you talk to people about this - I garden for nature all the time and try to teach as many people as possible to do the same thing. We can all make a difference if we each do a little. Kathy

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  4. Janet, I'll welcome your participation in a future presentation. Sheila,I'll try to post some lists sometime soon, and Kathy, it looks like we could swap blog posts. I'll try to come visit occasionally.

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Please share your thoughts. I enjoy hearing from fellow nature observers, as well as whomever else drops by.

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