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Native Plant Symposium

March 16, 2011

Volante Farms is proud to be cosponsoring a symposium on the value of gardening with native plants and the ecological incentives to avoid invasive plants. The meeting will take place from 3-6 at Olin College on March 31. Check out Olin’s Event listing or Green Needham for more information and we hope to see you there.

From the press release:

Native Plants Symposium

Who: Olin College in partnership with Green Needham and several other local organizations.

Where: Olin College, Milas Hall Auditorium

When: March 31, 2011; 3:00-6:00 pm (3:00 – 4:30 pm: Exhibit and Partner table time; 4:30 – 6:00 pm: Native Plants talk)

What: Listening to the Landscape: Using Nature’s Clues to Design a Garden That Works
Natural ecosystems can provide us with a lot of information on native plants and how they grow. Looking into the symbiotic relationships these ecosystems use will inform the choices we make when designing sustainable landscapes. Natural ecosystems will also provide us with the framework we need to attract birds, bee’s, butterfly’s and other exciting critters. Choosing native plants that provide food and forage for wildlife is a great way to keep a diversity of life happy and abundant in your landscape. Invasive plants can disrupt this delicate balance of life and removing them is the most important step to take in designing a garden that works.
Join us in the auditorium to hear speakers from New England Wild Flower Society discuss great native alternatives to invasive species as well as to meet community organizations actively engaged in native plants initiatives.

Local organizations include: GROW, The Needham Community Farm, The Needham Historical Society, The Neighborhood Farm, New England Wildflower Society and Volante Farms.

This symposium is possible thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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