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The Gardeners of Rose Valley Winter Lecture

The Gardeners of Rose Valley Winter Lecture

Creating Living Landscapes: Nature’s Best Hope Book Release Party!

Doug Tallamy – entomologist, author, and natural gardening inspiration 

Monday, January 27, 7:30PM (doors open 7:00PM)

at the Old Mill, 9 Old Mill Lane, Rose Valley 

Every gardener knows that supporting wildlife in the garden helps plants, people, and the biosphere - and designing for wildlife is critical for a healthy ecosystem. The Gardeners of Rose Valley invite you to join them for the 2020 annual lecture "Creating Living Landscapes" presented by Doug Tallamy, whose books are the gardener’s first resource for designing eco-friendly habitats to welcome wildlife into the landscape. This is also a book release party for his brand-new volume Nature’s Best Hope, to be published by Timber Press in February 2020.

Dr. Tallamy’s evening lecture will focus on how insects support life within our gardens and ensure that plants and the ecosystem remain healthy and vibrant. A recent UN report predicts that within the next few decades as many as one million species will go extinct because of human activities. Many of these species are insects and nearly all species at risk rely on insects for food or ecosystem services. Insects have already declined 45% since 1974, and 10% of all insect species are currently threatened with extinction. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, even though a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we create beautiful landscapes brimming with life - landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Doug Tallamy will describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and, yes, on our plants.

This lecture is an early release celebration for his brand-new volume, Nature’s Best Hope. Timber Press has agreed to send us the very first copies, so you’ll be able to pick up your signed book before it hits bookstores later in February. Fifty signed copies will be available at the lecture for only $25 each.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award. He is the author of 95 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 39 years. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. These volumes have inspired gardeners throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and are essential reading for all landscape designers and naturalists. Doug's new book Nature's Best Hope will be published by Timber Press in February 2020.

Tickets at the door: $15 per person 

Ticket and signed copy of Nature’s Best Hope: $40

Cash or check only, please

Refreshments to follow

Snow date: Monday, February 3rd at 7:30PM

Inclement Weather: check Rose Valley Borough website for updates (www.rosevalleyborough.org)

Please consider donating a canned or dry food or personal hygiene product to the Media Food Bank which serves members of our immediate neighborhood including Rose Valley. There will be a drop off box at the ticket table. www.facebook.com/Media.FoodBank

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