award-winning author of
"Bringing Nature Home:  How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants"

In celebration of the BGA’s 50th anniversary, it is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Douglas Tallamy, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. 
Dr. Tallamy will show slides from his award-winning book, “Bringing Nature Home: How you can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.”


October 23, 2010

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6:30 — 8:00 p.m
Lecture & slideshow with reception, book sale and signing to follow


The Reuter Center's Manheimer Room on the campus of UNCA


Free for Botanical Gardens Members who bring a paying guest, otherwise $5/person

Dr. Tallamy’s message: “Unless we restore native plants to our suburban ecosystems, the future of biodiversity in the United States is dim.” With humor and optimism, Dr. Tallamy motivates the home gardener to 
action — because it is up to us to replace non-natives with the plants our local birds, insects, and animals depend upon for a healthy environment. 

His message fits perfectly with the mission of the BGA. For years, the gardening industry has sold invasive and non-native plants to the home gardener. Invasive plants have also made their way into our region accidentally on boats and airplanes. However, most were introduced as ornamentals and livestock forage. Without natural predators, they thrive and out-compete our lovely natives. The resulting loss of biodiversity that results impacts all living things. For instance, did you know that approximately one plant out of five in the Smoky Mountains National Park is an invasive? 

It’s up to the home gardener to turn the tide.  Dr. Tallamy offers detailed, practical explanations and extensive lists of native plants. You don’t want to miss this outstanding program.

Photograph:  Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly,  by BGA member, Jim  Petranka

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