In North America, we call plants that lived here prior to European colonization Native Plants. They evolved over tens of thousands of years to coexist with the soils, animals, insects, and humans of their specific bioregions. Although much of their habitat, and the cultures of stewardship that tended them over this long time period, have either been destroyed or seriously suppressed, a recent uptick in the popularity of gardening with native species is good news for our ability to rebuild meaningful relationships with the ecosystems around us.
In this workshop we’ll talk about why growing native plants is fun, easy and important; how to the best ones to plant in your particular space; how to care for them; and where to find them. We’ll also introduce some of the wild bees you are likely to meet while cultivating native plants, and discuss ways to work mutually with beneficial insects.
The class will be most useful for people that have some space for in-ground plantings, but everyone curious is welcome! There is no fee for the class, but we encourage attendees to make a $5 (or more!) donation to the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribal nation in southern New Jersey: https://nllhonorarium.carrd.co.
About the presenters:
Goda Trakumaite has been working with native plants in various ways since 2017: she has propagated them, sold them retail, installed and tended native landscapes, and is currently working in native plant seed production.
Alexis Smith is co-operator of Squirrel Dance Farm. She once did research on wild bees, but currently relates to them more as friends.