The Preserve is proud to announce the continuation of Thursday Night Nature. In the same vein as our popular Winter Lecture Series, the Preserve will host a guest lecturer 7-8 pm every Thursday night for four weeks beginning July 22. Using easy-to-use Zoom webinars, these virtual lectures will feature an impressive list of experts from across the country. Lecturers will discuss a wide range of topics from forests to forest bathing, from gardens to wetlands and from the climate to children.
Thursday Night Nature – Summer 2021
Admission: $15 per lecture (members $12 with discount code)
Admission: $45 for the full series (members $36 with discount code) - this option is only available before the start of the series.
So kick back, relax and join the Preserve from the comfort of your couch and turn your screen green with Thursday Night Nature.
July 22: Creating a Native Water Harvesting Garden (a.k.a. Rain Garden) with David Hughes
Have you ever wondered what you could do with all the water running off your driveway or your front roof? You could harvest that water of course and use it for those thirsty native plants often associated with wetland habitats. Fragmented and lost of ecologically functioning habitats is one of the leading causes of declining bird, mammals, pollinating insects and native plant communities across our country. Learn how to return some level of ecological health to your property by adding a rain garden to your landscape.
Presented by David Hughes
David is a Registered Landscape Architect and owner of Weatherwood Design LLC – a design business that specializes in native plant community and habitat-based, ecological garden design. In addition, David is a rustic furniture artist that specializes in hand-crafted rustic structures that he incorporates into his native garden designs. Find out more on his website: www.weatherwooddesign.com
July 29: Native Plants and Garden Design: Seasonal Pollinator Support with Judith K. Robinson
August 5: Rewilding the Home Garden: Pathways to Abundance for People, Plants and Wildlife with Daron Williams
People often think of the garden either as a place for wildlife, or as a place to grow food for human consumption. But people are a part of nature, and we can thrive together in abundance. This program will help you create abundant spaces that can feed your family and community, support wildlife, and help heal the living world around you. From creating habitat for predators that keep garden pests in balance to growing native vegetables that feed people and wildlife, alike, tune in for actionable steps to help you make the living world around you come alive with abundance in your own backyard.
Presented by Daron Williams
Daron is a restoration ecologist, permaculture enthusiast, and founder of Growing with Nature. He created the Growing with Nature podcast and website to help people grow food, support wildlife, and heal our living world. He has managed the restoration program for a community non-profit, and he currently works for the State of Washington to support Puget Sound restoration efforts. He applies principles of restoration and permaculture to transform his property into forests, wetlands, gardens and more. He loves sharing the joy of growing food with his two young children.
August 19: Native Gardens for Non-traditional Spaces: Re-wilding our Patios, Streets and Container Gardens with Shanti Nagel
Outdoor garden space might be a luxury you don’t have. This doesn’t mean that you can’t cant contribute to the re-wilding of your property and support of native wildlife. In this lecture, we will discuss the use of native plants and pollinator gardens created and maintained in nontraditional spaces including urban street plantings, rooftop terraces, container gardens, and more. Shanti will present a selection of her favorite plant allies that are hardy, tough, as well as beautiful that benefit our birds, pollinators, humans and ecosystems.
Presented by Shanti Nagel
Shanti is the principal and founding partner of Design Wild, a collaborative landscape design firm based New York. Shanti believes that the relationship between humans and the natural world is essential for individual health, the strength of communities, cities, and our ecosystems. For the last decade, she has been dedicated to designing naturally wild, elegant, and incredibly durable gardens for public space, community parks, affordable housing and private residences. She is dedicated to building lasting connections and sanctuary through the transformative power of plants.