Second Virtual Talk:

How to Incorporate Native Plants into your own Garden

Have you decided to incorporate more native plants into your garden? Are you wondering which native plants might be best suited to your garden and your interests? Would you like to know how to find out about local native plant sales? On Friday, March 10 at 12 pm, Janet Entwistle, a master gardener and World Bank retiree, will give a zoom talk with ideas on which native plants might thrive in your garden and where you can buy them.

Below, Janet tells us about her journey to discover and learn about native plants and their importance in sustaining endangered birds, butterflies, bees and other native wildlife, as well as the topics she will cover in her talk.

“All my life I have been a gardener. But after I retired from the World Bank, I enrolled in a Master Gardener class where all that I had previously read and experimented with in my own garden crystallized. I came to realize the importance of planting native plants to maintain biodiverse local ecosystems and contribute to global biodiversity and a healthy planet. I am now in the process of (slowly) converting my own garden to incorporate more native plants, modernizing other outdated but familiar gardening practices, and using the knowledge I gained in the Master Gardener program, and my practical experience to help others in the community do the same thing. In this talk, I will build on the talk I gave to the Retirees Association on July 2022 , that focused on the importance of removing invasives, and planting native plants to protect local biodiversity. This time I will touch on the following topics: 

What are some native plants that would provide color throughout the growing season? 

  • Which might be best suited to the environmental conditions in my garden and to my interests?
  •  What can I plant that is most critical to sustain butterflies, birds and bees and maintain biodiversity?
  • Where can I buy native plants?
  • Where can I find more information?

I am also available to help with any follow-up questions:

Useful Links  for Incorporating Native Plants into Your Garden.