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MNPS Program, Western Mountains Chapter: Super-Tough Wildflowers

  • 05/04/2021
  • 7:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program.

We can accommodate 500 viewers on Zoom. First come first served. A recording will be available 2-3 weeks after the program.

Speaker:  Ian Caton, Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery

Our speaker, Ian Caton, says:

"As a Landscape Designer and home gardener I have often had ambitious plans for the creation of amazing diverse gardens with visions of trilliums, phlox, lady slippers and other plants wild and rare.  But reality set in with the first shovel of hard clay. Then extreme drought, pesky wood goats (deer) and other adversities took over. Eventually I learned how to garden in a way that works with difficult soils, harsh climates and other pests."

This webinar will provide an introduction to wildflowers that have proven, through experience, to be particularly reliable and tough under the most adverse conditions:

  • Drought
  • Flooding
  • Extreme Heat
  • Hard-Pan Soils
  • Deer
  • Invasive species invasion
  • Damage from over-enthusiastic pets, children and spouses

All will be discussed and the best plants will be found!

Ian Caton has been the owner/operator of Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery (formerly Enchanters Garden) since March of 2013 when he took it over from the previous owner (Peter Heus) who had been operating the nursery since the early-mid ‘90s.

Wood Thrush Native Plants is a nursery specializing in native plants of the Appalachian region including Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and North Carolina. A focus of the nursery is the introduction of new and rare native plants which are little known or underappreciated in the nursery trade.

Previously Ian Caton had been an employee of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (a Landscape firm specializing in the use and promotion of native plants in landscaping) since 2001. He graduated from Delaware Valley College with a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design. He has an extensive knowledge of native plants, natural communities, and their incorporation into the human environment. This experience was gained primarily through his long running relationship with Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve as well as long experience designing and installing native landscapes. He has also had the opportunity to work with local governments on the development of landscape plans for public spaces.

Past speaking engagements have included Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, New York Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brookside Gardens Green Matters Symposium, The Connecticut Mad Gardeners, The Master Gardeners of Camden County, The Irvine Nature Center’s Native Plant Seminar and the New Directions in the American Landscape Conferences put on by Connecticut College and The University of Pennsylvania.

The program will be presented online through Zoom, in webinar format. You will not be able to share your own audio or video with other participants, but you will be able to submit questions in writing during the program.

Registration is required. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program.

The program is free and open to the public.

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