Free “Gardening for Wildlife” at Accokeek, Tuesday at 6:30

by Susan Harris

Native plants clockwise from upper left: oakleaf hydrangea, New England asters, dogwood, and goldenrod.

From the Accokeek Foundation comes a talk about wildlife gardening that sounds particularly interesting – because of the speaker.

Ann Bodling has been involved in conservation or horticultural pursuits for all of her adult life. She has worked as a garden extensionist in Southern Africa, and later worked for various greenhouses and garden centers in Pennsylvania, including working for a native plant nursery in southern PA. She also owned her own small gardening business, providing native plant and habitat gardening consultations and gardening services for people who enjoyed gardens but had difficulty caring for them. In Pennsylvania she had been planting her own yard with native plants for the last 15 years and has begun all over again here in Accokeek. She currently is a naturalist at Hard Bargain Farm, sharing her love of the land and its creatures with school children and adults.

And here’s more about her talk, titled “Gardening for Wildlife with Nature’s Original Heirlooms”.

What if you could have a home landscape that would be more beautiful than you can imagine; attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds (whether you ever put up a bird feeder or not); provide an attractive and unique place for your children to play and learn; cut down on your mowing, fertilizing and watering chores; reduce the need for pesticides around your home; and provide a welcome sense of peace and restfulness?

Come and join us for a “how-to” program including visual tours of mid-Atlantic native plants and native plant gardens, discussion of why native plants matter, advantages to landscaping with natives, and how to go about getting started with planting natives in your own home landscape.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  No charge.

WHERE:  Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call 301.283.2113 or email nature@accokeek.org.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>