Native Species, Selections and Cultivars: What is Best for My Garden?

Uli Lorimer, Director of Horticulture, Native Plant Trust

March 2022

Awareness of the importance of ecologically informed landscaping is surging, and gardeners looking for native plants are often faced with a dizzying array of choices. Uli will address the differences between “wild type” plants and cultivars of natives, and the role the nursery industry plays in how available these plants are for our gardens. The end goal is to empower gardeners to be informed consumers who make good choices for their spaces and for the planet.

Uli oversees horticulture operations at Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm for the Native Plant Trust. He has 20 years of experience working with native plants in public gardens, including Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the US National Arboretum. He is the author of the Northeast Native Plant Primer.