Why Native Plant Landscapes Matter

Rhodora in bloom in spring.

Claudia Thompson, Founder, Grow Native Massachusetts
Hosted by: Reading Public Library and Reading Garden Club

  • April 28 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Free and open to all.

Re-establishing healthy native plant landscapes is essential to stemming current losses of species— of birds, pollinators, and wildlife— as well as to mitigating climate change. Come learn more about why native plants are so valuable and important, and how each of us can create healthy landscapes that are places of both beauty and biodiversity. We will explore differences among native, naturalized, and invasive plants; and the important co-evolutionary relationships that link plants and animals within our ecosystems. Demonstrating the capacity that each of us has to make a difference, Claudia uses beautiful photographs to take us on a tour of her small urban garden, showing us how she transformed a conventional yard into habitat that supports life for more than 80 species of birds.  She will give us tips for working with and sourcing native plants, and equip us with plenty of resources for continued learning. You will leave energized and inspired.