Christa Partain, MNPS Board member and horticulturist at Brookside Gardens, will talk about native plants as wonderful alternatives to the ornamental invasive exotic plants that are still on the market. Not only are the natives beautiful, they often attract native insects and birds by offering great food and shelter. Chris will discuss many of the most important plants of our region which wildlife depend upon for food and habitat, including specific attractors for butterflies and birds. She will also discuss where the plants would naturally occur in the landscape. Native plants will be available for purchase.
There will be a mailing party before the meeting, starting at 6:00pm. Volunteers are welcome - the more helping hands, the merrier! Native plants will be given to volunteers, courtesy of Chesapeake Native Nursery.
Location: White Oak Library - Large Meeting Room
Directions: Exit the Washington Beltway at New Hampshire Ave (exit 28). Go north about 2 miles. The library is the first building on the right, once you have passed under Route 29, just after the Sears store.
There will be refreshments and door prizes. Pot luck refreshments are always welcome.
The meeting is open to non-members.
Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month.