Evenings With Experts

A Public Lecture Series at the Cambridge Public Library

 


Program rescheduling information due to the COVID-19 virus.

The Dan Jaffe lecture originally scheduled for April1 is rescheduled for October 21.

The Heather Holm lecture originally scheduled for May 6 will take place on September 23.


Our 2020 Programs

Heather Holm

Native Bees: Our Pollination Powerhouses

Heather Holm, Author, Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide

  • September 23 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Where: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway

Native bees are the most important and effective pollinators for our flowering plants. Although they play a crucial role in sustaining biodiversity, they are poorly understood and under threat from human activity. Heather Holm will teach us how to recognize common bee genera, and enlighten us about their fascinating life cycles, nesting habitat, and foraging needs. Come learn more about the mutualistic relationships that they have with native plants— a powerful reminder that the salvation of one is inextricably linked to the proper stewardship of the other.

Heather Holm is an expert on pollinators whose first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, brought her national attention. She is a sought-after speaker who is passionate about educating audiences. Her recent book, Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, won the 2018 American Horticultural Society Book Award.

Dan Jaffe.

Designing with Plant Communities

Dan Jaffe, Horticulturist, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

  • October 21 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Where: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway

All too often, during the design process, we think of plants on an individual or species basis. Yet in the landscape, plants are constantly interacting with one another in intricate ways. What happens if we create planting plans focused on complete systems rather than collections of individuals? Join us to learn how to create healthy, resilient plant communities that are beautiful and ecologically vibrant. Dan Jaffe will discuss how to select and combine the right species for specific site conditions, and how this community-oriented approach can be applied to plantings of all sizes.

Dan Jaffe is passionate about ecological horticulture, and enhancing the wildlife value of every landscape. Prior to joining Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, he was the senior plant propagator at Garden in the Woods. He is the co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, which features his captivating photographs.