Keep Our Native Plants Humming – Video Recording and Plant List

What you can do to support native bee pollinators in your landscape. Video recording of the October 2019 Lisa Loftland Gould Lecture by Dr. Gegear. Native Plant list by bee tongue length.



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Join a conversation with ecologist Doug Tallamy, as he discusses his latest research and most recent book, Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard. RIWPS member Anne Raver will lead off with some key questions about Tallamy’s work over the past 20 years, including his vision for a Homegrown National Park, which could grow to millions of acres, if individuals exchanged at least part of their lawns and many of their nonnative ornamentals, for native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and groundcovers. These native plantings provide crucial habitat for many endangered species, including pollinators and birds.

But that’s only part of Tallamy’s vision: imagine connecting your yard with your neighbor’s, and on down the street, planting natives in the green verges along the sidewalks, on the edges of public playgrounds, in parks and countless other spaces now occupied by privet, yews, Japanese maples and all the other nonnatives that native insects can’t eat.

RIWPS members will have a chance to submit their own questions to Tallamy, a tireless speaker and educator, and longtime professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware.

Anne has followed Tallamy’s work, since she interviewed him about his first book, Bringing Nature Home, in 2008, during a visit to his 10-acre property in Oxford, PA, where he and his wife, Cindy were then battling invasive species and planting their first natives. (see interview)

Tallamy’s new website,, summarizes much of his research, lists the most important native species to plant for wildlife, offers a collection of essays and videos, and includes an interactive map, in which you can register your own native habitat.

Register below to join A Conversation with Doug Tallamy. We ask that participants prepare for this conversation by  familiarizing themselves with Doug Tallamy’s work, his books, especially Nature’s Best Hope, and watching one or several of his videos, available on Homegrown National Park ,which bring

to life the fascinating relationships between particular insects and the plants they evolved with through the millennia. (Tallamy loves photographing these weird and wonderful caterpillars, moths and butterflies, and his love for them is contagious.) He also recounts gardeners around the country, who report astounding rebounds in insect and bird life, as they transform their yards for native species. (One woman, observed 103 species of birds, including a woodcock, on her one-tenth acre, adjacent to O’Hare Airport, in Chicago.) A recent webinar for Penn State, not on the website.

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Recorded Virtual Lecture – Enhancing Delaware Highways: Lessons from the Roadside

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On November 21, RIWPS invited Dr. Susan Barton from the University of Delaware Plant and Soil Science Department to give a virtual lecture focusing on  20-year project with the Delaware Department of Transportation that has provided many experiences with using native plants in stressful situations.  She discussed how the lessons learned in planting and editing roadsides can be applied to a variety of landscapes and illustrate strategies for managing landscapes sustainably and provide guidelines for promoting native plants and combating invasive plants in public and private spaces.

Landscapes. Highway, 50+ community landscape and private residence landscape

3 landscape projects – Delaware Highway, Private Residence, Fifty + Community

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Dr. Barton has worked closely for the past 20 years with DelDOT to research and implement new roadside vegetation management strategies.  She has also worked with partners to develop the Plants for a Livable Delaware Program, designed to provide alternatives to known invasive plants species and to promote sustainable landscaping.  She teaches Plants and Human Culture, Farm to Table, Field Sketching of Landscape Subjects, Landscape Architecture Symposium and coordinates the Landscape Horticulture Internship.  She also works closely with the nursery and landscape industry, writing newsletters, organizing short courses and conducting horticulture industry expos with the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association.  Susan received the Nursery Extension Award in 1995 from the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Ratledge Award for service from the University of Delaware in 2007. Susan received her SITES AP certification in summer 2017.  See her blog.

PDF of the Lecture

Additional Resources recommended by Dr. Barton

Beechwood Lecture: Drip Irrigation

Conserve Vital Resources & Minimize Environmental Impacts

URI Master Gardener Rudi Hempe will discuss the latest developments and findings in innovative watering and maintenance techniques in the URIMGP efforts to minimize environmental impacts and conserve vital resources in their ongoing research projects.

Rudi Hempe is the Operations Planning Coordinator for the Master Gardener (MG) Program and oversees the Poinsettia Program, Garden Tour, and Most MG operations at East Farm.As the Agricultural Experiment Station Facilities Manager for the Master Gardener Program at East Farm, Rudi was instrumental in the creation of sustainable maintenance/management procedures such as the integration and introduction of innovative drip irrigation systems at the Campus.  In more recent years he has concentrated on research projects such as the effort to develop a blight resistant American Chestnut Tree, an endeavor known as the Chestnut Orchard Research Project, which started locally in 2009 and includes two (2) Trial Orchards.  Rudi brought his innovative irrigation techniques to the  successful new Chestnut Orchards.

The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Program 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:

Location: Beechwood Center, 44 Beach Street; North Kingstown, RI 02852

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We are also excited to announce the our upcoming 2019 Lectures!  We have a great group of speakers who will surely prove to be dynamic and educational.  

1/16/19            Who needs a Greenhouse? Do-it-Yourself Seed Propagation – Sandra Thompson, RI Wild Plant Society

3/20/19             Organic Farming Practices and Food Production – Speaker TBD

5/15/19             Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping – Cynthia Holt, Little Rhody Beekeeping

7/17/19             Are you “Tick Smart”? – Jan Cornell

9/18/19             Starting a New Native Garden – David Vissoe, URIMGP, Kettle Pond Project

11/20/19            What’s New in the Woods? Forestry Basics – Paul Dolan, RI Wild Plant Society