Join us for the June series of talks. We’ve invited experts to share their knowledge in the informal setting of our nursery yard. Programs are free, but registration is required.
June Bug Walk & Talk: Aphids
Wednesday, June 8th, 5:00 PM
Despite their small size, aphids rarely go unnoticed in the garden because where there’s one aphid, there’s likely hundreds! But despite their vast numbers, aphids rarely pose a significant threat to our native plant gardens, because they are one part of a larger, fascinating ecosystem. Join us as we learn about aphids, their unusual lives, and their many cool predators in this walk and talk with Stoneleigh horticulturist Sam Nestory. Register here.
Samantha Nestory is a horticulturist and naturalist at Stoneleigh: a natural garden in Villanova, PA where she maintains multiple sections of the garden, coordinates volunteers, and acts as resident entomologist. Samantha’s prior experiences include work with Sarver Ecological, an ecological consulting firm based in Wilmington, DE, and the Morris Arboretum. She is passionate about native plants, ecological gardening, and insect conservation, and she is strongly committed to educating the public about these important issues.
Gardening for Monarch Butterflies
A special lunch time talk–
Friday, June 10, 12:30 PM
Monarchs still need our help! Learn how to support the migration and reproduction of these iconic butterflies in your space. Planting designer Michelle Detwiler will present her favorite native plants to feed all life stages of these winged beauties and give tips on planting design for the most productive habitat for monarch caterpillars. Register here.
Michelle Detwiler is an ecological landscape consultant, native planting designer, naturalist educator, and PA Master Naturalist in the Pennsylvania Piedmont. She advises customers at Redbud Native Plant Nursery and owns her own business—Wild About Native Plants—which specializes in helping property owners and public space stewards to create resilient living landscapes by incorporating native plants.
Healthy Habitats Contained!
Wednesday, June 15th, 5:00 PM
Interested in attracting birds, butterflies and beneficial insects to your garden but short on space or time? In this creative and ecologically-minded demonstration, you will learn techniques for designing a native plant container garden suited to your specific micro-climate. You’ll get lots of easy, take-home tips and helpful tools to assemble a healthy habitat using low maintenance native plants for sun or shade.
Color, form, texture and placement are a few of the topics covered in this four season approach to creating unique focal points in your landscape that are environmentally friendly too. Marcia’s container planting demonstration will inspire you to express your own personal garden style. Register here.
Marcia Tate is a garden designer, coach, photographer, teacher & writer specializing in native plants and regenerative gardening. Marcia is vice-president of the board of directors and active member of Friends of Glen Providence Park, whose mission is to preserve and enhance the historic and natural resources of Delaware County’s oldest park. She regularly leads restoration plantings, stream clean ups and educational community events in the park. In addition to her horticultural work, Marcia is a popular speaker and workshop leader for garden clubs, industry conferences, environmental organizations, and public gardens including Longwood Gardens, Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, Mt. Cuba Center, Morris Arboretum and Audubon PA.
Wednesday, June 22, Redbud is open until 7:00 PM
In celebration of Pollinator Week (June 20-26), we’re keeping the nursery and shop open later for after-work shopping. Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health that was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership. It is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. Redbud staff will be here to help you select plants for pollinators.
Horticultural Therapy: The Healing Power of Plants (limited to 10 participants)
Wednesday, June 29, 5:00 PM
Horticultural therapy is a recreational healing modality that uses plants and the nature surrounding us to decrease stress and anxiety, and improve our focus, mood, and overall quality of life. Humans have an innate desire to be within nature that our fast-paced modern society has shied away from. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to better connect with plants and nature on a regular basis, which native plants have benefits for both ourselves as well as our local ecosystems, and we’ll participate in a mindfulness activity geared toward promoting gratitude for our immediate surroundings and ourselves. Join us for a relaxing wellness workshop and have fun learning about native plants! Register here.
Kate Irvine is a trained horticulturist and mixed media artist with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy from Temple University and a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art from Moore College of Art and Design. She has also had experience studying and working with medicinal herbs, and has cultivated a broad collection of native and ornamental shrubs and perennials for her own home garden. After working for a small farm in Bucks County, Redbud Native Plant Nursery in Media, and Ambler Arboretum at Temple University, Kate wanted to expand her focus and practices towards the healing modality of plants and nature for those who need it most. She is currently working to complete her horticultural therapy registration requirements and subsequent internship around the Greater Philadelphia area.
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