Sign Up for GO NATIVE TOO: A Workshop for Gardeners and Native Plant Enthusiasts

The Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Service is pleased to announce a native plant workshop consisting of 3 sessions which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on September 28th, October 5th, and October 7th, in the Tommy Lewis Conference Room at the Natural Resource Center.

Cost is $30.00


Purpose & Goals:

  1. To explain some of the connections between what we do in our own gardens and what is “out there” in Arkansas’ natural environment.
  2. To encourage protection and preservation of our native plants in their native habitat.
  3. To learn how to successfully adapt native plants to our personal gardens.

September 28

Joyce Hardin–“Native”? What’s Native? Why Native?
Native plants and their cultivars are beautiful, low maintenance, and already acclimatized to our ever-changing Arkansas weather. But, what exactly is a “native” plant? (Hint: Not just any wildflower can be classified as “native”.) Who decides? Why is it important? And, what impact do our gardening choices make on the world around us—not just for now, but for the future? Our introductory speaker, Dr. Joyce Hardin, will address these questions and more, as we begin to consider using native plants in our gardens. Dr. Hardin will also discuss the Arkansas Flora Project, an initiative of professional botanists who are working to catalogue and describe all the plants found growing naturally in Arkansas.

Eric Sundell–Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines: A New Way of Seeing the “Ordinary”
Dr. Sundell shares some of the many adaptable Arkansas native trees, vines and shrubs which are beautiful, low maintenance, drought tolerant participants in our gardens. In addition to being already acclimatized to Arkansas, they are welcoming hosts to Arkansas native birds and butterflies as well.

October 5, 2010

Lucinda Reynolds–Observing Nature: Beauties and Beasts of the Garden
Do you know that many bird and animal species eat dogwood berries for the high fat content? Lucinda invites us to observe our gardens and natural areas in a new light as she shows how native plants provide not only beauty but also shelter and food for birds and insects. Aphid lions don’t roar, but these green lacewing larvae are ferocious predators of aphids in the garden. Learn about the mysteries and natural balances in your garden…the fascinating interdependence of insects, spiders, birds and native plants.

Jane Gulley–How to Tame a Wild Flower: Gardening With Native Annuals and Perennials
Jane Gulley, Pulaski County Master Gardener, noted rosarian, native plant enthusiast and general nature lover, shares her gardening discoveries and her passion for the native plants of Arkansas as she introduces us to the amazing variety of annual and perennial native flowering plants most adaptable to our central Arkansas gardens. Jane knows her wildflowers–from Alumroot to Zephyranthes–and can always be counted on to show us an aspect of gardening we’ve never noticed before as she combines learning with lots of laughter and good basic gardening common sense.

October 7, 2010

Larry Lowman–Native Success Stories By A Southern Nurseryman
Larry Lowman, a life-long Arkansas resident with a life-long fascination for native plants and native plant ecology, shares his vast store of knowledge and experience in the cultivation of Arkansas’ amazing variety of native plants. His years of experience and his close observation of these plants in their natural habitat has led to his very successful incorporation of these plants into home and commercial landscapes. His presentation will focus on matching appropriate native plants with ecologically proper sites and companions, and is illustrated with Lowman’s own color slides.”

Registration must be received by September 3, 2010.

For more information please contact: Kami Marsh, Faulkner County Extension Office, at or (501) 329-8344.


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