‘Bring­ing Na­ture Home’ theme of gar­den tour

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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 wildones@gmail.com or call 423-847-2012.

TEN­NESSEE VAL­LEY WILD ONES CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

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.

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