(Wilmont, Ohio) – The arrival of spring often inspires a desire to get fingers into the earth and begin working in gardens and flower beds. However, it is important to note that the choices made in our yards and gardens can have an impact on the wildlife diversity of our local ecosystems.
During the Native Plant Sale & Gardening Seminars at The Wilderness Center on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, visitors will discover a wide variety of native plants available for landscaping, and will have the opportunity to learn how gardening can improve soil health, support complex food webs, protect threatened species, help local water quality, decrease habitat fragmentation and more.
TWC Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Corney will begin our Gardening Seminars by exploring Soil: The Ecosystem Under Our Feet. Dr. Corney will explain why soil is so much more than just “dirt” by explaining how soil forms, what comprises a healthy soil, what fantastic beasts live within the soil and how soil makes possible all of the plant and animal life that we have come to enjoy and depend upon.
Lynda Price, TWC Senior Naturalist, will then offer a program on Promoting Wildlife Diversity in Your Yard. Price will discuss creating living landscapes and healthy plant communities while enjoying gardening and wildlife watching. Attendees will learn how to increase the diversity of plants within the garden landscape, discover ecosystem friendly gardening techniques and learn how to share the garden with the wildlife it attracts.
In the afternoon, pollinator specialist Pat Dutton will present Gardening for Pollinators. Pollinators are under threat from a variety of stresses, including habitat loss, pests, pesticides, and climate change. Dutton will describe how, with a bit of knowledge and effort, gardeners can choose plants and practices that will help pollinators.
Finally, all visitors are welcome to join Tim and Paula Lavey, members of TWC Botanizers’ Club, for a free spring wildflower walk.
Schedule of Events
Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 27 – 9:00 – 4:00
Sunday, April 28 – 1:00 – 4:00
Saturday, April 27 – 10:00 – 3:30
Cost: $5.00 per session, payable at the door
Soil: The Ecosystem Under Our Feet – 10:00 – 11:00
Dr. Jeffrey Corney, TWC Executive Director
Promoting Wildlife Diversity in Your Yard – 11:15 – 12:15
Lynda Price, TWC Senior Naturalist
Gardening for Pollinators – 1:00 – 2:00
Pat Dutton, Pollinator Specialist
Wildflower Walk (Free) – 2:15 – 3:15
Tim and Paula Lavey, TWC Botanizers Club