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!

Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Annual Training Conference, College Park, Md., May 25, 8:30-6 p.m.

Book sale and signing.

Behnke Nurseries, Beltsville, Md., June 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Book sale and signing.

Friends of Bombay Hook, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna, Del., June 10, 12 noon

A presentation on gardening for bees and book signing.

Green Festival Expo, Javits Center, New York City, June 11

A presentation and book signing. More details to come.

Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 16, 7 p.m.

A presentation and book signing.

Presentation, Lunch and Garden Tour, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 17, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

This fun educational event will include a 90-minute presentation and Q&A at Green Conscience, a tour of three local gardens led by Jessecology, Eco-friendly Landscape Design, and a vegetarian luncheon catered by 9 Miles East Farm at the host gardener’s home. $35 per person. Reservations required: 518-588-8054.

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, Pa., September 23, 10 a.m.

A presentation and book signing. More details to come.

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.

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.


Cultivating compassion for all creatures great and small