Creating Near Native Habitats in Built Environments

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Date(s) - March 18, 2019, Monday
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, auditorium


Meeting with HVC Michigan Botanical Club

Matt Demmon, Feral Flora

It is tempting to try to duplicate the function of natural wetlands, woodlands and other native habitats using native plants in our built environment. These types of projects need to be aesthetically pleasing, reasonably priced, and relatively easy to maintain. What’s the best way to do this when working in an environment that has been changed beyond recognition in a climate that is changing in ways we don’t understand? We will discuss ways of thinking about creating plant communities and how planting design and new models of landscape maintenance can help us create resilient, beautiful plantings that have the best chance of fulfilling the stormwater and ecosystem functions we are trying to create.