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!

Marion County Master Gardeners Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 13

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

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

A presentation and book signing.

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

A presentation and book signing.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna, Delaware, September 30, 1 p.m.

A presentation on gardening for native bees, followed by discussion and book signing.

Reston Garden Club, Reston, Virginia, October 3

A presentation and book signing.

Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, October 7-8

Presentations and discussion.

Annapolis Roads Garden Club, Annapolis, Maryland, October 11, 7 p.m.

A presentation and book signing.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, Maryland, October 16

A presentation and book signing

Takoma Park Horticultural Club, Takoma Park, Maryland, November 15, 7 p.m.

A presentation and book signing.

Looking Ahead: 2018

Virginia Biological Farming Conference, Hot Springs, Va., January 23 and 24

A presentation and book signing.

Green Spring Gardens Winter Lecture Series, Alexandria, Va., January 28, 1:30 p.m.

A presentation and book signing.

Cape Conservation Corps, Cape St. Claire, Md., February 9

A presentation and book signing.

St. Francis Alliance, March 5

A webinar and global teleconference.

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

A presentation and book signing.

Southern Maryland Audubon Society, May 2

A presentation and book signing.

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

A presentation and book signing.

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.

Past 2017 Events

Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, Md., April 9

Howard County GreenFest, Columbia, Md., April 22

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, Alexandria, Va.

Green Festival Expo, Washington, DC, May 14

Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Annual Training Conference, College Park, Md., May 25

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

Books with a Past, Glenwood, Maryland, August 5

Little Farms Garden Club, Potomac, Md., September 11

Montgomery Village Garden Club, Gaithersburg, Md., September 11

Cultivating compassion for all creatures great and small