Native Plants 101 A Talk by Laura Beaty with an Introduction by Alan Ford

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library

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This program will benefit individuals interested in the “why” of using native plants and was designed for gardeners and homeowners who are interested in using a portion of their property to support biodiversity. The program covers the inter-dependent relationships between plants and animals that are crucial to the stabilization and success of future generations.

Laura Beaty has been working in the great outdoors since she was old enough to hold a rake. She earned a degree in history followed by a degree in horticulture, and worked nearly 20 years for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the National Parks Conservation Association.

Laura joined the propagation crew of the Potowmack Chapter of VNPS, and now serves as the propagation chairperson at the native plant beds at Green Spring Gardens. She is a popular speaker about native plants to Master Gardener candidates at Green Spring Park, local garden clubs, and occasionally, propagation workshops at the chapter’s beds.

Laura is converting her own property to a “modified meadow,” which includes some trees and shrubs—all native plants. She hopes that her plant installations will soon become easy maintenance. But as all gardeners know, a garden is a life-long labor of love.

Alan Ford is president of the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and was named as Virginia’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero.


1 Comment

  1. Scott Sutherland on September 22, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I attended the talk by Laura and Alan earlier tonight and appreciated the presentation. May I get a copy of one slide in particular emailed to me? It is slide 127 entitled, “How to Host Wildlife in Your Yard”. That was a brief summary of a key message and I’d like to share it with others. Thank you.