May Chapter Meeting: An Invitation to Landscape With Native Plants: Getting started — Kathy Widin

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Date(s) - 05/15/2018
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

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FamilyMeans building

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AN INVITATION TO LANDSCAPE WITH NATIVE PLANTS: GETTING STARTED

Native plants are essential as host plants and nectar sources for pollinators. Even a modest increase in native plants in your yard can help increase the number of species of birds breeding in your neighborhood. And native plants, with their deep roots, absorb excess rainfall and help prevent runoff.

Presenter Kathy Widin holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota.   After teaching college in the Boston area for several years, she and her husband Greg came back to Minnesota.  Kathy started her business, Plant Health Associates, in 1983, and worked as a consulting Plant Pathologist and Municipal Forester until her retirement in 2015. She is an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture in 2003.  Kathy wrote the “Plant Health” column in Northern Gardener magazine of the MN State Horticultural Society for over 30 years.  She served as President of the St. Croix Oak Savanna Chapter of Wild Ones 2015-2017.