Living Landscapes: The Untapped Potential of Home and Public Gardens
An Evening with Doug Tallamy
Douglas Tallamy, PhD, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, drew on his own extensive research and first-hand experience transforming his 10-acre property in southeastern Pennsylvania for his influential first book, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (2007). In it, he challenged gardeners to help offset the ongoing loss of natural habitat by tapping into the enormous potential of our human landscapes to support life. The book won a Silver Medal from the Garden Writers Association.
In 2014, Tallamy collaborated with co-author Rick Darke on The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Borrowing ideas from richly layered natural landscapes, the book details how to create orderly, beautiful and multi-functional private gardens and public green spaces.
With 36 years as an educator, Tallamy has authored over 80 research papers, often exploring the complex interactions between insects and plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. An avid gardener, naturalist and talented photographer, Tallamy has earned a reputation as an entertaining and inspiring speaker.
Dr. Tallamy’s books will be available for purchase at the event:
Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (Updated and Expanded)
By Doug Tallamy. Paperback $20 (price includes NC sales tax)
The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden
By Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy. Hardcover $40.00 (price includes NC sales tax)
is presented by
Registration begins August 7.
Robert and Cama Merritt
Your garden can do more than look good…
Learn to design and cultivate a more natural environment in your yard, garden and community from popular author and speaker Dr. Doug Tallamy.
Use native plants to support birds, bees and butterflies, and the habitat you create will also provide an attractive and healthy place for you and your family to enjoy. These living landscapes — small and large — are an important haven where plants, animals, and humans live in harmony.
Dr. Tallamy’s illustrated lecture will inspire and empower you!
~ reception and book signing follow lecture ~
Foods of native plants will be featured by The Porch.
Registration for Living Landscapes
begins August 7.
The native landscape of the Piedmont has changed dramatically in the past 250 years as wild places have given way to cities, subdivisions, and industrial farms — all connected by a vast network of highways, streets, and roads. Dr. Tallamy will provide practical strategies for creating attractive, multi-functional landscapes that help compensate for the loss of natural habitat.
Our natural heritage was well documented by the Moravians who founded the Winston-Salem community as “Wachovia” in the 1750s. Their planning ethic included understanding the natural environment. An early inventory of flora & fauna recorded and described a rich, diverse place, including dozens of woody and herbaceous plants, insects, birds, and other animals. Moravian botanical inquiry continued with important florals recorded in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Our human landscapes can satisfy
our own needs for beauty and function
while also supporting wildlife.