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This 6-session webinar series focused on the ecological roles of native plants and some of the creatures that depend on them.

Suggested readings, papers and resources can be found on the Learn With Us tab.

All recordings can be found on the Recordings tab.

Week 1: Beneficial Insect Biodiversity: What It Is and Why It Matters

Mary Gardiner: author and professor, The Ohio State University

Week 2: Bringing Nature Home: The Importance of Native Plants

Doug Tallamy: author and professor, The University of Delaware

Week 3: Cultivating a Community of Support for Native Plants

Lisa Olsen: Wild Ones:Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

Week 4: Host-plant Specialist Bees – Biology, Biodiversity, and Conserving Them in Your Backyard

Bryan Danforth: author and professor, Cornell University

Week 5: Bumble Bee Banquet: Selecting Native Plants for Bumble Bees

Heather Holm: author and biologist

Week 6: Native Plants in My Garden? Absolutely!

Debra Knapke: author and garden designer

Tending Nature was sponsored by the OSU Department of Entomology and The Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens, and is funded in part by a USDA/NIFA Integrated Pest Management Pollinator Health grant.

Coordinated by Denise Ellsworth, OSU Department of Entomology. Questions? contact Denise at

This event will be presented with automated closed captions. If you wish to request traditional CART services or other accommodations, please contact Denise Ellsworth at Requests made by will 12/31/21 generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.