Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 pm – Part 1 – Why Native Plants Matter

Native plants are increasingly recognized as important to our gardens and landscapes, but why? Claudia will give us an overview of their essential role in ecosystem health— starting with the concept of co-evolution between plants and animals, and ending with a tour of her 7,000 square foot garden in Cambridge, MA.  She will explain the differences among native, naturalized, and invasive plants; and explore the food web that links plants to insects to birds, wildlife, and humans.  Sign up online.

Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm – Part 2 – What Native Plants Have Taught Me

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. This program takes an in-depth look at how to successfully garden with native plants in order to create landscapes that have ecological value.  Sign up online.

Claudia Thompson is the President of Grow Native Massachusetts, an organization that she founded in 2010 as the culmination of her career in the environmental sector. First a teacher and environmental educator, she later worked as the Director of Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and Director of Drumlin Farm for Mass Audubon. She served as a board member for the New England Wild Flower Society for nine years.