Webinar: Beautiful and Tough Natives Shine in Uncertain Times
A spring trip to the garden center offers a tempting array of exotic plants that promise to bloom throughout the season. The allure is great when coupled with the misconception that many gardeners have that native plants are not the most beautiful plants and can be messy. Before succumbing to annual or exotic plant temptations, let’s consider the role that native plants play in our gardens.
Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. They provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals. Native plants require little or no fertilizers and require less water. The deep root systems of many native plants stabilize the soil and increase the soil’s capacity to store water. And native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage.
Many native plants are not just beautiful, but also multi-task in tough conditions.
Join Teri Speight for this inspiring presentation on native plants. She will share insight into what native plants offer in terms of both beauty and environmental value to the landscape. Teri will reacquaint us with some familiar plants and will offer other suggestions that just might make you rethink your garden needs.
In addition to providing valuable plant information, this presentation will inspire you to spend time in the garden and to consider native plants for your next garden project.
Teresa (Teri) Speight is a proud Native Washingtonian, Region II Director of GardenComm International, Steward of the Land, Garden Coach, Garden Writer, Podcaster at Garden in the Court, Garden Experience Curator, Estate Gardener, History Lover, and Visionary.
With ancestral sharecropping roots originating in North and South Carolina, connecting with the earth is authentic to Teri. Her ancestor’s hands helped build and feed her family for generations. Teri honors this earth in respect to her heritage. Reconnecting average people with the soil is important.
Teri believes that when we reconnect with the soil, nature, and our roots, we can begin to respect all that the earth provides.
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