‘What’s So Great About Native Plants’ subject of Nov. 3 class at Auburn University arboretum

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Donald E. Davis Arboretum will host a class about choosing plants that are good for our native landscape and avoiding ones that threaten it. The hour-long program, “What’s So Great About Native Plants,” will be offered Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Davis Arboretum Pavilion.

A representative from the Alabama Invasive Plant Council will present information on which plants pose the most severe threat to our native landscape and how to identify them. The arboretum staff will discuss the best native plants to grow in this area, as well as the connection between the wild creatures we enjoy, their food and their habitat.

“We had an epiphany after reading “Bringing Nature Home” and hearing author Doug Tallamy speak on how our gardening choices can profoundly impact the diversity of life in our yards, cities and even our planet,” said Dee Smith, arboretum curator. “This message is one we think is important to spread, so we offer this class on the impact invasive and exotic species have on our ecosystems, the competition they create for our native species and what we can do to support the ecological interactions between plants and wildlife.”

Pre-registration is $15 and registration the day of the event is $18. The fee includes two books, “Non-native Invasive Plants of Southern Forests,” by James Miller, and “Bringing Nature Home,” by Doug Tallamy. Register by e-mail at drs0001@auburn.edu or by phone at (334) 844-5770.

As part of its mission statement, the College of Sciences and Mathematics’ Donald E. Davis Arboretum encourages the use of native plants.

Contact: Candis Birchfield, (334) 844-5734 (ceh0012@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)