Plant Natives 2015: The Living Landscape is an appropriate name for our chapter’s 4th annual native plant symposium coming up January 24. It’s not a matter of gardening or landscaping style that we select native plants to use in our landscapes — it is an absolute imperative that we use regionally appropriate and native plants to create habitat and be more sustainable in our practices.
Our keynote speaker Doug Tallamy writes and talks eloquently on the subject of why it matters what we do in our urban and suburban areas. You can read his short essay “A Call for Backyard Diversity” on the American Forests website. Dr. Tallamy starts at the beginning of the web of life — plants. Life is fueled by the energy captured from the sun by plants, it will be plants that we use in our gardens that determine what nature will be like in 10, 20, and 50 years from now. The kind of plants we use will determine what animals are provided food, shelter and other requirements. We are stewards of the land and charged with the responsibility to see that the land is best managed not just for our needs but the larger community of life.
If you want to be truly alarmed, consider a recent study revealing species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, stating that the world on the brink of a sixth great extinction. Numerous factors are combining to make species disappear much faster than before, said Pimm and co-author Clinton Jenkins of the Institute of Ecological Research in Brazil. But the number one issue is habitat loss. Species are finding no place to live as more places are built up and altered by humans.
Please join us Saturday, January 24 for what will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to help turn around habitat loss. As we native plant advocates know, you don’t need to lose beauty in the process and in fact will create more beauty by the wildlife you will attract and support. For more information, go to the symposium page on this website to register and get more information.
Sorry – online registration is no longer available. You may register at the door Saturday, January 24.