TOWNSEND — Integrating more native plants into our gardens and managed landscapes is today’s model for being ecologically smart.
“But creating beautiful and vibrant landscapes that emphasize native species requires so much more than simply substituting indigenous plants for our old favorite horticultural exotics,” said Claudia Thompson, landscape ecologist and founder of Grow Native Massachusetts.
“Lessons from the Garden: Using Native Plants Successfully”, hosted by Thompson, will be held via Zoom from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, and takes an in-depth look at how to successfully garden with native plants to create landscapes that have genuine ecological value.
“We will explore the need to understand your site, to take advantage of unique adaptations of different species, to learn from plant communities, and how best to utilize ecological processes,” said Thompson.
Along the way, Thompson said she will examine common myths and misconceptions, and share tips for sourcing native plants.
“Learn more about how to create beautiful gardens that use native plants successfully and to their best advantage,” she said.
Thompson founded Grow Native Massachusetts in 2010, and her work leading the growth of this nonprofit throughout its first decade led to her become recognized nationally as a leader in the native plant movement.
She has taught hundreds of programs throughout New England informed by her work as a landscape ecologist and gardener, and her extensive career in the environmental sector — including working as the Director of Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Director of Drumlin Farm for Mass Audubon, and serving on the board of the New England Wild Flower Society.
Thompson is a strong advocate for the importance of land stewardship on all lands and believes that conservation begins at home.
“My career has not been a straight line, and I value how much it has woven together,” Thompson said. “Throughout, one of my treasured goals has always been to help translate the deep understanding of science into the basic knowledge needed by people so that they can take meaningful actions for change.”
This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Townsend Public Library and the Amanda Dwight Fund.