‘Bringing Nature Home’ theme of garden tour
A noted conservationist will speak on the i mportance of native plants in landscapes to kick off a weekend seminar on Friday night, Sept. 7. Then participants can see those ideas in place as they tour private gardens on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Dr. Doug Tallamy, who wrote “Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants,” will be the featured speaker to set the stage for the Bringing Nature Home Garden Tour.
His talk on Friday at 7 p. m. in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s University Center, 652 E. Fifth St., will cover “Creating Living Landscapes.” He will dispel misconceptions about native plant landscapes and suggest ways to make your property a showpiece without losing its ecological function. In addition, he will sign his book, which will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $10 in advance at www.tennesseevalley.wildones.org.
The Bringing Nature Home Garden Tour, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones, will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The tour, featuring four private gardens and the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute on t he Baylor School campus, will spotlight native-plant gardens that support a variety of wild- life. Wild Ones volunteers at each garden will help visitors learn why and how to start native-plant gardening.
The featured gardens and Conservation Institute may be visited in any order. All tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at www.tennesseevalley.wildones.org or at any one of the gardens on tour day. Children under age 12 accompanied by an adult are free.
Proceeds from Bringing Nature Home Garden Tour will benefit the Chattanooga Area Polli- nator Partnership’s Seeds for Education. This program awards grants of up to $500 to area public and private K-12 schools for native plants and seeds for pollinator gardens.
For more information about Wild Ones or the Bringing Nature Home Garden Tour, email tnvalley email@example.com or call 423-847-2012.
Lush greenery surrounds the pond at Cheri Hubbard’s home.
Bob and Deb Hulse’s landscape is rich with native perennials, shrubs and trees, including this buttonbush, which attracts the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.