Don't neglect the ground level of your garden! As a beautiful, sustainable, and ecologically important alternative to traditional mulch, native groundcover plants can be used to crowd out weeds, provide year-round soil protection, and offer a habitat for beneficial insects. In this presentation, Randi will discuss the benefits of native groundcovers, and introduce some of her favorite native groundcovers for different garden conditions.
Dr. Randi Eckel has been working with native plants for over 35 years, and founded the mail-order native plant nursery Toadshade Wildflower Farm in 1996 to further public awareness and availability of native plants. A life-long naturalist, lover of nature, entomologist, and confirmed plant and ecology nerd, she does lectures and workshops on growing and propagating native plants. and offers interesting, nuanced information on the complex issues facing native plants and native plant communities.
Randi has a Ph.D from North Carolina State University and has worked at USDA. We are fortunate that she has brought her talents to NPSNJ for more than 20 years.