Shows & Events
Native Plant Symposium
For the U. S. National Arboretum's 19th Annual Lahr Symposium on March 19, 2005, the theme is "Native Plants: Connecting Gardens, Nature, and People." Speakers include Cole Burrell on "The 20th Century Native Plant Movement in America," Dr. Richard Mack on "Can Science Predict the Next Kudzu?" and Edgar David on "The Creation of Meaningful Spaces." In addition, concurrent session offerings include "Ecological Design for Residential Landscapes," "Creating a Wildlife Garden in a Shrinking Forest," "Native Azaleas," and "The
Elements of Great Botanical Photographs." There is also a native plant sale. Proceeds benefit the Lahr Internship at the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection at the Arboretum. The registration fee is $80, which includes lunch. For further information, go to http://www.usna.usda.gov/Education/lahr.pdf or call (202) 245-5898.
More On Invasives
The Internet abounds with information on invasive plants (as well as growing native plants). The venerable New England Wild Flower Society site offers answers to frequently asked questions about invasives, as well as alternative plants. The National Wildlife Federation site offers background information and describes the costs of invasives. The href="http://www.enature.com/native_invasive/invasives.asp" target="_blank">Native Gardening and Invasive Plants Guide site gives more detailed information, including a state-by-state list of invasives.