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Bring the Humane Gardener to Your Community!

At native plant symposiums, master gardener banquets, Audubon Society meetings, national wildlife refuges, nature centers, and garden clubs, attendees of Humane Gardener presentations leave energized to transform their landscapes for wildlife:

“Your presentation was so enlightening! I loved your book, too, and even though I have been a habitat steward for decades I still learned lots.” -Marney Bruce, Maryland Native Plant Society, past president and board member

“I came to learn how to eliminate invasive vegetation that takes over my patio without harming animals or insects. … But I learned so much more, and am now excited to learn more about humane gardening. Can’t look at lawns and leaf blowers the same way anymore!” -Caron T., attendee, Alexandria Library presentation, Alexandria, Va.

They also find practical solutions:

“Many of the people in our group had heard Doug Tallamy speak but thought your presentation brought it down to a more personal ‘what can I do in my yard?’ perspective.” Sharon Patterson, president, Marion County Master Gardeners Association, Indianapolis, Ind.

“Thank you for engaging such a great speaker for Tuesday’s meeting. It was one of the best, and I took away a lot to think about, many good ideas, and one of her books as well! Perfect mix of information, anecdotes, and slides/videos. Really, really enjoyable!” -Member, Reston Garden Club, Reston, Va.

To schedule a presentation or book signing, leave me a message here. See reviews and learn more about The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife.

2018 Schedule

Jan. 7: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, Pa., 2 p.m. See here for details.

Jan. 23: Virginia Biological Farming Conference, Hot Springs, Va. See here for details.

Jan. 28: Friends of Green Spring Gardens Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series, Alexandria, Va., 1:30 p.m. See here for details.

Feb. 9: Cape Conservation Corps, Cape St. Claire, Md., 7:30-9 p.m. See here for details.

March 5: St. Francis Alliance (webinar and teleconference)

March 7: Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center, Howard County Library System, Ellicott City, Md., 7-8:30 p.m. Register here.

March 10: Oklahoma Gardening School, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City, Okla. See here for details.

March 15: Beverley Hills Garden Club, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, Virginia, 11 a.m.

March 21: Friends of Villa Terrace 2018 Spring Garden Lectures, Milwaukee, Wis., 7 p.m. See here for details.

March 24: Year of Sustainability Lecture Series, Middletown, Md.

April 19: Clarksville Commons, Clarksville, Md. See here for details.

April 21: Environmental Advisory Council Lecture Series, Lower Makefield Township, Pa.

April 22: Homestead Gardens, Severna Park, Md.

April 26: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., 12 noon

April 29: Piney Run Nature Center, Sykesville, Md., 1-2 p.m.

May 2: Southern Maryland Audubon Society

May 3: Prince William Wildflower Society, Manassas, Va., 7:30 p.m.

May 10: Rockville Garden Club, Rockville, Md., 7:30 p.m.

May 12: U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C., 2-3:30 p.m.

May 22: Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University

July 21: Homestead Gardens, Severna Park, Md.

Oct. 1: Falls Church Garden Club, Falls Church, Va.

Oct. 23: Cylburn Arboretum: Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland

About Humane Gardener Presentations

Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In my myth-busting talks, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wild nurseries of animals large and small, eliminating unintended hazards to wildlife, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures. Contact me for more information.

Past Events: 2017

April 2017: Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, Md., April 9; Howard County GreenFest, Columbia, Md., April 22

May 2017: Curious Iguana, Frederick, Md., May 3; St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, Madison, NJ, May 4; Second Chance Wildlife Center, Baby Shower, Gaithersburg, Md., May 6; Sykesville Art & Wine Festival, May 7, Sykesville, Md.; Virginia Native Plant Society, Green Spring Gardens, May 11, Alexandria, Va.; Green Festival Expo, Washington, DC, May 14; Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Annual Training Conference, College Park, Md., May 25

June 2017: Behnke Nurseries, Beltsville, Md., June 3; Friends of Bombay Hook, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna, Del., June 10: Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 16; Lunch and Garden Tour, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 17

August 2017: Books with a Past, Glenwood, Maryland, August 5; Alexandria Library, Alexandria, Va., August 19

September 2017: Little Farms Garden Club, Potomac, Md., September 11: Montgomery Village Garden Club, Gaithersburg, Md., September 11; Marion County Master Gardeners Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 13; Bucks County Audubon Society, New Hope, Pennsylvania, September 23; Maryland Native Plant Society, Kensington Park Library, Kensington, Maryland, September 26; Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna, Delaware, September 30

October 2017: Reston Garden Club, Reston, Virginia, October 3; Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, October 7-8; Annapolis Roads Garden Club, Annapolis, Maryland, October 11; Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, Maryland, October 16

November 2017: Takoma Park Horticultural Club, November 15

Cultivating compassion for all creatures great and small