September 23, 2020
Native Shrubs and Trees
The Rodney Dangerfields of Residential Landscaping
Dr. Dave Warners, Professor of Biology, Calvin University &
Plaster Creek Stewards Director
Using native plants in residential landscaping has been catching on, assisted by the dedicated efforts of groups like the Native Plant Societies, the Native Plant Guild, Wild Ones (including the Kalamazoo Area chapter!), and others.
Yet, often when people consider the possibility of including native plants in their own yard, visions of Purple coneflower, Butterflyweed, Black-eyed Susans, and Coreopsis come to mind, along with the butterflies and bees that will benefit from these plants. However, plants don’t necessarily need to be showy to promote biodiversity. In fact, you may do more good for local biodiversity by planting a single oak tree than by planting a whole garden full of perennials.
In this presentation Dr. Warners will highlight why native shrubs and trees are such important components of biodiversity-friendly residential landscapes. With stories and photos he will also spotlight some of the often overlooked native woody species he has found to work really well in urban and suburban yards.
Zoom Instructions and Information:
Please join us ONLINE in the Zoom app this coming Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm. Although this meeting is free (as always!) you must register ahead of time, so we can send you the online meeting information through Zoom.
If you have questions during the meeting, please use the Chat function (tap or click on your screen to find it) as your microphone will be remotely muted. We will collate your questions and direct them to Dr. Warners who will address them after the formal portion of the presentation.
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We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new format. We are learning together with you!