Why do we call some insects "beneficial" while others are "pests"? Why do we welcome some larger animals to our garden while calling others "nuisances"? Why are some plants considered "desirable" while others are "weeds"? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common gardening methods perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting nesting sites, eliminating unintended hazards, identifying and nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures.
Nancy Lawson is the author ofThe Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlifeand a columnist forAll Animalsmagazine. A frequent speaker on garden ecology, she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson's book and wildlife habitat have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, andOprah Magazine.
Copies of Nancy's book will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.