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Native Plant Symposium

Did you know Texas has TEN different eco regions?

Depending on where you are in Texas, the term native could mean very different plants! Join us at Texas Discovery Gardens on July 27th, as we bring together native experts from across the state and nation for a series of lectures.

Doug Tallamy, Professor and author of the acclaimed book Bringing Nature Home, is one of four renowned speakers scheduled to make presentations July 27 at the Native Plant Symposium hosted by Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park in Dallas. The University of Delaware professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology has authored 90-plus research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for 32 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

Bringing Nature Home was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. Tallamy has also been awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.

His subject for the symposium is Restoring the Little Things that Run the World. The ecosystems that support us are run by insects, yet insects are declining everywhere. For our own good, we must rebuild insect populations as fast as possible. Tallamy will tell how to do this.

Joining Tallamy as presenters are John Watts, Entomologist at Texas Discovery Gardens; Jim Martinez, a Landscape Designer with extensive native plant interest and experience in the Trans Pecos Region of Texas; and, The Nature Conservancy’s North Texas Preserves Manager, Brandon Belcher.

Watts, who presides over the Butterfly House and Insectarium at Texas Discovery Gardens, will talk about identifying local insects based on the plants in your wild spaces.

The subject of Martinez’ presentation is the use of native plant materials and how site considerations, like soil type, reflect the plant selections.

Belcher will share his extensive knowledge of the Blackland Prairie Eco-region of Texas.

Cost of the symposium is $50, $40 for Members of Texas Discovery Gardens and includes lunch. Several publications written by the speakers will be available for sale, and symposium participants receive a discount! Doors open at 9 am, with talks starting at 9:30 am. Guests will have access to the Butterfly House and 7.5 acres of organic gardens featuring native and adapted plants. Continuing education credits are also available.

Native Plant Symposium (July 27)
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9:00 am Doors Open/Coffee

9:30 am Welcome Message                             

9:35 am Restoring the Little Things That Run the World presented by Doug Tallamy, followed by Q&A and book signing

11:00 am The Blackland Prairie—inside and out presented by Brandon Belcher, followed by Q&A

12:05 pm Lunch and Optional Garden Tour

1:30 pm Soils for Native Plants presented by Jim Martinez, followed by Q&A and book signing

2:35 pm Natural Born Botanists presented by John Watts, followed by Q&A

3:50 pm Dismissal

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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