Published on: Thursday, April 11, 2024 News Alert

Code Enforcement Presents "How to (Gently) Fight Plants with Plants: Using native plants to crowd out invasives"- Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm

How to (Gently) Fight Plants with Plants: Using native plants to crowd out invasives- Presented by Nancy Lawson
  • What: Free Presentation
  • When: Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 7:00 PM
  • Where: Takoma Park Community Center (Main Auditorium). 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

You’ve decided to start or expand your native plant garden for the good of the animals and the environment. Great move! But there’s just one problem:
You’re staring down at a yard replete with stiltgrass, garlic mustard, English ivy, and other invasive species. How can you remove these plants that harm wildlife and their habitats while also nurturing valuable ones that are dormant in the seedbank, just waiting to escape the mower and sprout? Which native groundcovers, shrubs, wildflowers, vines and trees can you proactively plant to help you hold the ground? In this session, you’ll learn strategies for gradual replacement and discover which native species can help you shift the balance toward a more wildlife-friendly, native-plant-filled habitat.

Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife and Wildscape: Trilling Chipmunks, Beckoning Blooms, Salty Butterflies, and Other Sensory Wonders of Nature. A nature writer, habitat consultant, popular speaker, and founder of The Humane Gardener, LLC, she pioneers creative wildlife-friendly landscaping methods. Certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and master naturalist, Nancy co-chairs Howard County Bee City in Maryland and co-launched a community science project, Monarch Rx, after discovering a little-known butterfly behavior in her own garden. Her work has been featured in Science Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah magazine, Entomology Today, and Ecological Entomology. Her most recent book, Wildscape, received an honorable mention in the American Horticultural Society’s national book awards and was a finalist for the 2024 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.