Tallamy Makes the Case for Landscaping with Native Plants

Who: Douglas W. Tallamy, Professor & chair, Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware; author of Bringing Nature Home:  How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (Timber Press, 2nd ed. 2009)

What: “Gardening for Life:  An Evening with Doug Tallamy

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 7:30 pm, doors open 6:30 pm

Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis

Doug Tallamy wants us to garden as though life depends on it.  His simple but powerful message is this:  gardeners can foster biodiversity simply by choosing to plant more natives.  In his eye-opening book, Bringing Nature Home:  How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, Tallamy shows how life does depend on what we plant in our backyards.  It’s a book that makes us look at our gardens – and think of our role as gardeners – in a new, more meaningful way.

Indeed, when Bringing Nature home was published, it immediately struck a chord with readers.  A full-page story about the book and its message appeared in the New York Times, and the book shot up to number 30 on Amazon.com.

Tallamy earned rave reviews last fall when he addressed the annual conference of the Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society, prompting an invitation for a return visit to a larger venue.  Butler University will host this lecture, lending Clowes Memorial Hall for the evening to accommodate a sizeable audience.

Doors will open at 6:30 for refreshments from local sources and displays by local conservation and gardening organizations. The lecture begins at 7:30.  Tallamy has agreed to sign copies of the new book softcover edition of Bringing Nature Home.

Sponsors:  Butler University Friesner Herbarium and Center for Urban Ecology, Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society, Indiana Wildlife Federation, Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society, Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Contact Rebecca Dolan (rdolan@butler.edu or 940-9413) or Wendy Ford (wwford@comncast.net) for more information.