This program will focus on Manada Conservancy’s Native Plant Initiative: its beginnings, its focus and work, and how it has grown through the years. Four of our own native plant experts will talk about and illustrate different aspects of the initiative, giving details on how they and their gardens have played a part.
Nancy Cladel, a founding board member of Manada Conservancy, will focus on the history and vision of our native plant sale as it grew from a small event to a robust effort designed not only to generate revenue but to address recent great losses of biodiversity. She will give examples from her own yard of how habitat can be created using natives plants.
Ann Bodling will focus on native landscapes through the seasons and share her insights as Manada Conservancy’s first Gardening for Nature consultant.
Our third speaker, consultant Laurie Crawford, will discuss the current Gardening for Nature program and services it provides. She will also give ideas for on how to get started with native plantings.
Wrapping up our panel, Kristin Eckert, chair of the Native Plant Sale Committee, will provide practical tips and guidance on transitioning from typical landscaping to native plant habitats. She will use her yard and photos from over the years to highlight how individual homeowners are vital in mitigating habitat loss and fragmentation caused by development.
The program will end with an opportunity to ask questions of all of the panelists.