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The Science behind Wild and Designed Plant Communities (Tuesday)

  • 11/29/2016
  • 7:30 PM
  • Kensington Library, Kensington MD


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Speaker: Claudia West, Ecological Sales Manager at North Creek Nurseries and Co-author with Thomas Rainer of ‘Planting in a Post Wild World’ (Timber Press)

Native plantings are gaining in popularity but also face severe challenges. Examples of failed projects are plentiful and hurt the image of the native plant movement. We won’t solve these issues if we continue to compare planting design to painting on canvas and perceive plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach—a plant community-based method which has evolved in the world of ecological science. Join us as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into design and management tools that will help you create better native planting. This presentation will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting plant combination. Let’s dive into the work of several European ecologists and planting designers and define how their findings can help you create and manage the native plantings you envision.

The program will be preceded by a brief Annual Meeting at which newly elected Board members will be welcomed.

Location: Kensington Library
4201 Knowles Avenue, Kensington

From the Washington Beltway (I-495):
Take Exit 33, Connecticut Avenue, north to the third signal after the Beltway. Turn left onto Knowles and go 2 1/2 blocks to the library on the right.

The program is open to non-members.

Registration is not required.

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