Long Island Horticultural Society

Jan. 24, 2021 Webinar at 7PM

Carolyn Summers: Natives for Neatniks: Tips for Using Native Plants in Traditional Gardening Styles

LI Hort Members will receive an email with the link to the meeting room.

Speaker: Carolyn Summers is the author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East. She completed her BSLA (Landscape Architecture) degree at CCNY and began her career with the Trust for Public Land. There she produced a Harbor Herons Project report guiding preservation efforts to create an urban wildlife refuge on Staten Island. Ms. Summers then continued environmental work at New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection as the agency’s first Director of Natural Resources, where she implemented a new native plants policy for all agency construction/restoration projects. Following her work with New York City, she came to the Natural Resources Defense Council, and initiated a regional project to preserve and restore wildlife habitat and public access in the New York-New Jersey Bight. Ms Summers is currently an adjunct professor for Go Native U, a joint project of Westchester Community College’s Continuing Ed Program and The Native Plant Center (based at Westchester Community College). She and her husband have recently opened their country home, Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve (www.flyingtrillium.com), for public tours so that designers, gardeners and homeowners will be inspired by the beauty of native plants in both garden and natural settings to create more of the same.

Topic: Recent research has reinforced the need for more native plants in our human-dominated landscapes to save our valuable pollinators, birds, and other precious wildlife. Many gardeners, however, mistakenly believe that native plants are unruly and fit only for naturalistic designs. Carolyn will discuss recent findings and draw on her years of experience with native plant species and their many forms and attributes to advise on the best candidates for more formal settings.