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UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS IN 2018

Westchester Community College Foundation"The Native Plant Center's 20th Anniversary Celebration"
September 28, 2018
Larchmont Yacht Club
1 Woodbine Ave
Larchmont, New York 10538
Details...

The Native Plant Center's 20th Anniversary Celebration honoring Carolyn Summers,
Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award and Lucille Werlinich, Acorn Award.

PAST ENGAGEMENTS IN 2018

urban rock gardener"Spring Awakening! The Beauty and Ecology of our Spring Ephemerals"
April 16, 6 p.m.
Manhattan Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
NYBG Midtown Education Center, Room D
Manhattan
Details...

This talk will reveal secrets of our earliest spring-blooming wildflowers and their importance in regional ecology. Ms. Summers will also offer gardening tips. 

Westchester Community CollegeCourse: "Native Conifers"
February 1, 10 a.m. - noon
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY

To register, please call 914-606-6830.

Course: "Best Practices for Garden Maintenance"
February 8, 10 a.m. - noon
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY

To register, please call 914-606-6830.

PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS IN 2017

"Sustainable Principles; Designing with Native Plants of the Northeast"
January 26, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Southeast Regional Conference
Ramada Inn
542 Rte. 9
Fishkill, NY

"Landscaping with Natives and Attracting Pollinators"
March 4, 2017, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Litchfield Master Gardeners
Litchfield County Extension Center
843 University Drive
Torrington, CT
Class info...

"Gardening for Nature's Intricate Web"
May 20, 2017, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
LM Flower Day
Presented by Livingston Manor Library
At the Laundry King
65 Main Street
Livingston Manor, NY 12758
Livingston Manor's website...

Rutgers_University_logoLandscaping for the Watershed
June 15, 2017
Bergen Save the Watershed Network
Town of Westwood, NJ
Flyer...

Course: "Native Trees and Shrubs"
December 8 and December 15
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY

Explore the best native trees and shrubs for this region and
the latest techniques for establishing them in a landscape. To register, please call 914-606-6830.

 


PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS IN 2016

 

"Designing Sustainable Landscapes; Plant Selection"
November 16, 2:30-3:30 PM
2016 Turf & Grounds Exposition
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Rochester, NY

"Gardens Filled with Life: Designing with Northeastern Flora"
October 25, 7 PM
Bainbridge Presbyterian Church
Author and landscape designer Carolyn Summers will present
an informative review of current research that reveals
the many ways in which indigenous plants form the basis
of the food web which in turn supports a healthy,
biodiverse landscape.

Catskill Native Plant Society - Annual Meeting
September 18, 2016, 11 PM
The Catskill Native Plant Society Annual Meeting
will be held at Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve
in Neversink on September 18th beginning at 11:00.
There will be barbecue and potluck so we request
that you RSVP to catskillnatives@gmail.com.
All are welcome.


The Herb Society of America Gardens of Life
July 22, 2016
The Herb Society of America, Great Lakes District
Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY


The Women Gardeners of Ridgewood, New JerseyJanuary 8, 2016, Noon
Women Gardeners of Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Library


Grow Native MassachusettsFebruary 3, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Evenings with Experts - Native Plant Gardens: Learning by Example
Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA


Westchester Community CollegeFebruary 18, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12 Noon
Maintaining Your Native Plant Garden
Go Native U Series
Westchester Community College

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URI Master Gardeners March 5, 2016
Gardening with a Purpose: Designing with Native Species of the Northeast
URI Master Gardeners Symposium
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI


Time and the Valleys MuseumApril 2, 2016, 2:00pm
Rooted in History - Returning Native Plants to Local Landscapes
Time and the Valleys Museum
332 Main Street, Grahamsville, NY 12740


Cornell Cooperative ExtensionApril 16, 2016
Nature’s Intricate Web
CCE Master Gardeners Garden Day, Ulster County
Stone Ridge, NY


Rutgers_University_logoMay 15, 2016
Angling for Pictures: A Paddle on the Spatterdock March!
Bergen Save the Watershed Network
Town of Orangeburg, NY


Rutgers_University_logoMay 31, 2016
Tour of Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve
Master Gardeners of New Jersey
Town of Neversink, NY


Rutgers_University_logoJune 23, 2016
Pollinator Garden in the Park: A Talk Under the Tent
Bergen Save the Watershed Network
Town of Westwood, NJ

PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS IN 2015

Go Native UJanuary 28, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Native Conifers

Explore the beauty and diversity of conifers native to the Northeast, including the numerous cultivated forms and varieties. Learn the many ways they support wildlife, and their use in designed landscapes. CE-GRDN 2019, $55.  #13016


Sullivan County Audubon SocietyMay 16, 2015, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Gardens Filled with Life
Slide presentation at Garden Day
Sponsored by Sullivan County Audubon, et al.,
Livingston Manor, NY


Sullivan County Cornell Cooperative ExtensionMay 20, 2015, 5:30-7:30 PM
Native Alternatives to Regulated Exotic Species
Slide Presentation on new NYS regulations.
Sullivan County Cooperative Extension, Liberty, NY


Rosedale NurseriesSeptember 13, 2015, 2:00-3:00 PM
Walk and Talk at Rosedale Nursery’s Native Plant Weekend
Rosedale Nurseries, Westchester County, NY
A portion of sales will benefit The Native Plant Center


Highstead ArboretumOctober 10, 2015
Highstead Arboretum, CT


Westchester Community CollegeOctober 14, 21, 28
Northeastern Native Plants
Go Native U Series
Westchester Community College


November 12, 2015,  11:00 -1:00 PM
Topic to be announced
Dobbs Ferry Garden Club


November 12, 2015,  6:00 - 8:00 PM
Native Alternatives to Common Invasives
Go Native U Series
Westchester Community College


November 18, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Northeastern Native Trees and Shrubs
Go Native U Series
Westchester Community College


December 2, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Northeastern Native Trees and Shrubs
Go Native U Series
Westchester Community College


THE NATIVE PLANT CENTER CONNECTION

Mission

To educate people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants in the Northeast. 

Go Native U BrochurePlants native to the Northeast are those that naturally occur in the region. Having evolved over thousands of years, they are suited to the area’s climate, weather conditions, and soils, and are less susceptible to its pests and diseases. Once established, native plants often require little maintenance.

Native plants provide valuable sources of food and shelter for wildlife and help protect water quality by filtering stormwater pollutants and reducing soil erosion. They also provide a regional identity, a geographic “sense of place.”

Save Time. Save Money. Go Native.

The Native Plant Center

Watch Carolyn Summers discuss Go Native U program and classes.

History

The Native Plant Center was established in 1998 under the auspices of the Westchester Community College Foundation as the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
Westchester Community CollegeThe following year, in 1999, Lady Bird Johnson and her daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, visited the Westchester Community College campus for the dedication of The Native Plant Center’s demonstration garden named for the First Lady.

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