Invasive plants overpower native and ornamental species, and then spread quickly to starve native plants and animals from sunlight, nutrients, and habitat, which disrupts an interconnected biological and ecological place-based network that has developed over millions of years. Talya Ten Brink, a Ph.D. student at the University of Rhode Island, will describe how to do the important work of removing invasive plants from our backyards. She will focus on seven major invasive species of Rhode Island — how to identify them, remove them, and maintain removal by replanting the area with native species that have dense root systems.
Tayla received her Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington with minors in Ecological Restoration and Environmental Resource Management, and her Masters of Science in Urban Planning at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. She worked as an Associate Restoration Designer at Wilkinson Ecological Design on Cape Cod, where she designed and implemented invasive removal plans and restoration planting plans for many coastal and wetland properties. She holds a certificate in Invasive Plant Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was a certified Pesticide Applicator of Massachusetts.
The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Association and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending. The lectures are offered to the public free of charge.
If interested in attending, please contact Rayna Wilcox, Volunteer/Program Coordinator, at The Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment at 401-268-1594; or email her at: RWilcox@northkingstown.org., Ext. 402.
2018 Lecture Series
• 7/18/18 Edible Weeds – Brett Mayette, Owner, Conscious Cuisine
• 9/19/18 Rain Gardens – Kate Venturini, University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension
• 11/14/18 Drip Irrigation – Rudi Hempe, URI Master Gardener