Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home (recording posted below)
Marne Titchenell: Enhancing Your Landscape for Birds and Other Wildlife
Debra Knapke: Eco-Conscious Gardening: From Concept to Design
The Living Landscape Speaker Series is co-sponsored by OSU Entomology and The Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden, in cooperation with the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers and the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden Volunteers. Funding is provided in part by the Manitou Fund and NIFA’s IPM Pollinator Health grant.
Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home (find recording here)
Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. It is specialized relationships that provide our birds with insects and berries, that disperse our bloodroot seeds, that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, and how we can use our landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. It is time to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them.
Nature’s Best Hope: Frequently Asked Questions by Doug Tallamy
Marne Titchenell: Enhancing Your Landscape for Birds and Other Wildlife (find recording here)
Songbirds, butterflies and other wildlife bring a dynamic joy to the landscape, especially in challenging times. Marne will discuss creating habitat for birds and other creatures, including use of bird feeders, bird baths, and nest boxes (bluebirds, wrens, chickadees). She will highlight favorite bird- and pollinator-friendly plants, the importance of adding dead wood to the landscape, plus how to best configure resources for garden visitors.
Every age has its catchphrases. Today’s gardens are shaped by goals such as sustainable, regenerative, and eco-conscious. We are becoming increasingly sensitive to our impact on the earth and its inhabitants as we confront issues such as air and water pollution, soil degradation, and climate change. There is power in creating gardens that are based on ecological models, especially if they exist – or can exist – on your site. What are these ecological models? Join Debra Knapke as she outlines the process of understanding and then creating an eco-conscious garden.
Chat transcript from webinar (interesting links, plant suggestions and more!)
Rick Darke: Dynamic Design and The Art of Observation
This session was not recorded, per Rick’s request, but you can watch his webinar on this topic given for Fallingwater in PA; it’s excellent!
The ability to see deeply is the most important skill any of us can bring to the enjoyment, understanding, and stewardship of personal and shared places. This skill is especially important when designing and managing living landscapes that support dynamic ecologies. Rick Darke will present the art of observation and strategies derived from a celebration of the unprogrammed qualities of our gardens and community landscapes.