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Webinar: Adventures with Oddities: Strange and Noteworthy Native Plants
Presented as free webinars to gardeners everywhere, these presentations invite garden and landscape experts to share gardening tips, beautiful images, and inspiration. We hope anyone who is isolating, quarantining, or sheltering-in-place will find comfort and collective strength with a communal walk in the garden.
A (Virtual) Walk in the Garden with Dan Jaffe
Adventures with Oddities: Strange and Noteworthy Native Plants
Our native flora is full of amazing things! Did you know that big-leaf aster was once known as lumberjack’s toilet paper (now that’s a fact that we all might want to know more about) or that the berries of poison ivy are loved by birds? How about that the berries of chokeberry contain seven times more antioxidants than lowbush blueberries or that Jack in the pulpit can change sexes? From unique flavors to hilarious names to the oddest survival strategies, there are strange and noteworthy plants right outside our back doors if we simply know where to look. Dan offers insights into all of these oddities and more.
Dan Jaffe is a photographer and author. He earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from Native Plant Trust (formally New England Wild Flower Society), and has years of nursery management and plant sales experience. He is passionate about ecological horticulture, building both sustainability and wildlife value into every landscape, and the foraging and cultivation of wild edible plants. He is the Horticulturalist and Propagator for Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary and the staff photographer. Dan is the co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens and has contributed photographs to many more horticulture books.
- Penny Lewis