Events and Talks

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Help spread the word about humane gardening!

Contact me to schedule a presentation and to help underwrite my book tour for The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife. I hope to see you at one or more of these upcoming events!

Books with a Past, Glenwood, Maryland, August 5, 2 p.m.

Presentation, Q&A, and book signing.

Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria, Virginia, August 19, 3-4 p.m.

Presentation, Q&A, and book signing.

Potomac and Rockville Garden Clubs, Maryland, September 11

Presentations and book signings.

Marion County Master Gardeners Association, Indianapolis, Ind., September 13

An evening presentation at the MCMGA’s annual dinner, followed by a book signing. More details to come.

Bucks County Audubon Society, New Hope, Pa., September 23, 10 a.m.

A presentation and book signing. More details to come.

Maryland Native Plant Society, Kensington Park Library, Kensington, Md., September 26, evening

A presentation and book signing.

Reston Garden Club, October 3

A presentation and book signing.


Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center, Howard County Library System, March 7, 7 p.m.

A presentation and book signing.


Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, Md., April 9, presentation, reading, and booksigning
Howard County GreenFest, Columbia, Md., April 22, 12:30 to 1:30: presentation; 10-4: book sale and signing
Curious Iguana, Frederick, Md., May 3, 7-8 p.m., presentation and book signing
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, Madison, NJ, May 4, 6-9 p.m., presentation and book signing
Second Chance Wildlife Center, Baby Shower, Gaithersburg, Md., May 6, noon-4 p.m., book signing
Sykesville Art & Wine Festival, May 7, Sykesville, Md., noon-5 p.m., book signing
Virginia Native Plant Society, Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Va., May 11, 7:30-9 p.m.
Green Festival Expo, Washington, DC, May 14, noon to 1 p.m.
Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Annual Training Conference, College Park, Md., May 25
Behnke Nurseries, Beltsville, Md., June 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friends of Bombay Hook, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna, Del., June 10, noon
Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 16, 7 p.m.
Presentation, Lunch and Garden Tour, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 17, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Invite the Humane Gardener to Your Next Event!

Have you heard that most of our nearly 4,000 native bee species nest not in hives but in the ground or dead wood? Did you know that caterpillars, not birdseed, are an essential part of most baby bird diets? Are you familiar with the gardening prowess of opossums and skunks, who devour insects often considered “pests”? Traditional cultivation practices all too often ignore the needs and valuable contributions of our fellow species, exploiting myths and fears about the animals and plants living among us.

Learn why rejecting this dominant paradigm is so important to a healthy environment—and how partnering with nature through native plantings, gentle cultivation, and humane conflict resolution can bring new life and beauty to your own backyard. For this refreshing and unique perspective on gardening for wildlife, invite Humane Gardener Nancy Lawson to speak or table at your next event. From Earth Day celebrations to healthy living speaker series, we’ve shared information and ideas with diverse audiences interested in making a difference for animals and the environment. Past events have also included wildlife rehabilitation center fundraisers, master gardener continuing education talks, garden club gatherings, and national conference presentations. For more information, contact me here.

Cultivating compassion for all creatures great and small