Native Plant Symposium - Trial Gardens & Native Bees

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
butterfly Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00 am to 2:30 pm - Annual Native Plant Symposium - Presentations on Trial Gardens and Native Bees.

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10:00 am - Welcome and Introductions

10:10 am - George Coombs - Presentation on Trail Gardens - Native plants are essential in habitats for pollinators, birds and other wildlife that provide an ecosystem with food, water, cover and shelter. Our guest speaker is George Coombs, manager of the horticultural research program at Mt. Cuba Center, including the trial garden where he evaluates native plants and their related cultivars for their horticultural and ecological value. He has authored evaluation reports on Heuchera, Coreopsis, Baptisia, and Monarda. In addition to the trials, George also evaluates plants for introduction to the nursery trade. Prior to joining Mt. Cuba Center,  he worked in the nursery industry at both the wholesale and retail level. Join George as he details how Mt. Cuba selects and evaluates native plants for superior garden performance, and learn about some of their exciting research comparing the ecological value of  cultivars and straight species.

11:30 am Discussion of Volunteer Day at University of Delaware, Lewes

12:00 noon - Lunch

1:00 pm - Nancy Lawson - Presentation on Native Bees - Nancy is the author of the The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard habitat for Wildlife, published by Princeton Architectural Press. A columnist for All Animals Magazine, she is the founder of Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to cultivating compassion for all creatures great and small through animal-friendly and environmentally sensitive landscaping methods. Lawson volunteers as a master naturalist and master gardener in central Maryland. She worked as an editor and publisher at The Humane Society of U.S., leading teams behind the organizations print and digital magazine

  • The symposium is sponsored by Friends of Bombay Hook and Delaware Native Plant Society.
  • The symposium is free.
  • Registration is required and space limited.
  • Contact Eric Wahl at or (302) 645-0777.
  • Lunch will be provided.