An Evening with National Expert, Douglas Tallamy
Author of Bringing Nature Home
Thursday, June 10, 2010
6:30 pm â€” Talk by Douglas Tallamy
8:00 pm â€” Reception and book signing
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Free and Open to All
Doors open at 5:45 pm for general seating. Come enjoy gardening and program information offered by our co-sponsors, both before and after the talk.
Douglas Tallamyâ€™s book, Bringing Nature Home, has captured the nationâ€™s attention since it was first released two years ago. Since then, he has been in demand all over the country, speaking to more than 600 different audiencesâ€”at venues ranging from the American Society of Landscape Architects National Conference, to the Hummingbird Festival in Mississippi, to the Tyler Arboretum in Pennsylvania, and many more. He also has been featured on National Public Radioâ€™s Science Friday and on other media programs.
As Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, he has done groundbreaking work on the role of insects as intermediaries in the food web, discovering the extent to which exotic plants, even if they are not invasive, host relatively few insects. His work reveals how important it is to restore native plant communities, if we are to reverse the declines in migrating songbirds, butterfly populations, and biodiversity as a whole. Tallamy makes an urgent plea about the importance of native plants to our landscapes, and indeed, to our survival. And he embraces the importance of land stewardship throughout urban and suburban America as critical components of this effort.
Read Professor Tallamy’s short article on the subject, Gardening for Life.
Event Co-sponsored by:
- Grow Native Cambridge
- Cambridge Plant and Garden Club
- Ecological Landscaping Association
- Friends of the Cambridge Public Library
- Friends of Mount Auburn
- Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
- Somerville Garden Club
Additional Event, Seating, and Parking Info
Seating is unassigned and will be available on a first-come basis. We expect this to be a popular event so we recommend coming in advance of the 6:30 pm scheduled start for Professor Tallamy’s talk.
Limited public parking is available to all under the library, with an entrance ramp on Broadway. Fee is $1/hour. Limited metered spaces, as well as Cambridge resident street spaces, are available in the area. Please carpool if you can.