Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I am giving a talk: Mid-Atlantic Alternatives to Invasive Garden Choices - Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Oct 15, 2012 - no charge to attend

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Silver Spring Garden Club Meeting
Mid-Atlantic Alternatives to Invasive Garden Choices
As development slowly eliminates natural ecosystems, landscape and garden plant choices become even more important to the overall health of our local environment, ecosystems, and quality of life. Many 20th century non-indigenous (non-natives) landscape plant choices can be substituted with native species that provide the same effect while enhancing the fragile remaining ecosystem. Our presenter, John Peter Thompson, will focus on native substitutes for traditional choices that tend towards invasiveness and degrade natural areas. He will also address the issue of invasion biology and the ornamental garden.
John Peter Thompson is a former nurseryman and current bioeconomic policy analyst working on projects ranging from the Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee to biological control assessments for USDA’s Forest Service. He is a nationally recognized speaker and author, current third term member of the US National Invasive Species Council Advisory Committee, the Maryland Invasive Species Council  a credit steward and technical subject matter expert for the National Landscape Standards Project of the LBJ Wild Flower Center project, and Chair of the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission.
WHEN: Monday, October 15
  Doors open at 7:30pm 
  Talk starts at 8:00pm 
WHERE:    Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland
Our post-talk meeting refreshments are provided by Silver Spring Garden Club members.
This event is free and open to the public. It is the monthly meeting of the Silver Spring Garden Club.
Kathy Jentz 
Washington Gardener Magazine 
826 Philadelphia Ave. 
Silver Spring MD 20910 

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