Native Plant Landscapes
October 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Why Native Plant Landscapes Matter to You
Claudia Thompson will present a program about the ecological importance of native plants to local ecosystems. The program starts with the concept of co-evolution between plants and animals and provides a roadmap to creating a healthy habitat in our gardens and managed landscapes. You’ll learn about the difference between native, naturalized and invasive plants and their varying effects on the ecological community. The speaker will present a detailed case study that illustrates the conversion of a 7,000 square foot property from a conventional landscape to a largely native one, and the resulting impact on birds and other wildlife.
Claudia Thompson is the founder and past president of Grow Native Massachusetts. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School in Non-profit Management and Environmental Policy, an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA in Biology from the Univ. of Rochester.
Social and business meeting 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Presentation at 10:15 a.m. (2 hours)
All are invited to attend.