2013-10-10 / News

Lecture next week on usefulness of native plants

The next speaker in the Rhode Island Natural History Survey’s annual lecture series is Tim Boland, executive director of the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard. Boland will speak about healing fragmented landscapes with native plants.

The lecture will take place on Friday, Oct. 18, at Little Compton Town Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an opening reception. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. with an introduction by Hope Leeson, a botanist who works with the history survey.

The event is free and open to the public.

Boland will discuss the health of native insect pollinators on Martha’s Vineyard and how gardens, agriculture and natural areas play a vital role in maintaining animal diversity on a finite piece of land. Boland will also lead a workshop on native seed cleaning and plant propagation the following day from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown. The workshop will feature Boland outlining the steps to collecting and growing native plants from seed. He will also share the importance of seed propagation in preserving biodiversity by growing plants from open pollinated wild plants found in nature. The workshop is $15.

Call Kira Stillwell at 874-5800 for more information.

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