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Webinar: Spring to Summer: Native Plants that Bridge the Seasonal Divide

Wed, June 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

It is often said that there is a lull between the big spring wildflower bloom of April and May, and the later summer and autumn flowers that fill the meadows of July through September.

What of June? This presentation will highlight flowering native plants that bridge that seasonal gap. Particular emphasis will be placed on those plants that fit into shade-loving gardens as this is the area where the lull is most pronounced.

The reasons for the lull, the nature and characteristics of those plants that overcome it, and some other options for color and interest will all be explored.

Ian Caton is the owner/operator of Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery (Formerly Enchanters Garden). He has operated Wood Thrush  since 2013 when he took over the nursery from the previous owner (Peter Heus) who had operated the nursery since the 1990s.

Wood Thrush Native Plants is a nursery specializing in native plants of the Appalachian region including West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and North Carolina. A focus of the nursery is the introduction of new and rare native plants which are little known or under-appreciated in the nursery trade.

Previously Ian Caton worked at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, a landscape firm specializing in the use and promotion of native plants in landscaping. Ian graduated from Delaware Valley College with a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design. He has an extensive knowledge of native plants, natural communities, and their incorporation into the human environment. In addition to many years of experience designing and installing native landscapes, this knowledge was gained primarily through his long running relationship with Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. He has also had the opportunity to work with local governments on the development of landscape plans for public spaces.


Wed, June 17, 2020
12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
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