New Naturalism: Lessons from Wild Plant Communities

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Evenings with Experts

  • April 28 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Fee: Free to All

We are entering an era of purposeful and thoughtful gardening, where we strive to create landscapes that are both aesthetically beautiful and ecologically vibrant. Wild plant communities are a prime source of inspiration for naturalistic design, and understanding how plants interact and function within these environments is key to establishing successful plantings at any scale. Join author and hort-ecologist Kelly Norris in an exploration of North American wild plant communities and the flora within them. He will share how he interprets native ecosystems in the design of beautiful and functional residential landscapes, with plant layers and palettes defined by nature, not humans.

Kelly D. Norris is the author of New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden (February 2021), and previously served as the Director of Horticulture and Education for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.