Learning From Your Neighbours

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Adults, Seniors
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Gardening for People and the Planet – Discover the beauty of the wild flora of the Wapna’ki Forest and learn why ecological gardening is essential for people and the planet.

Gardening with native plants is a great way to give back to the planet and make a difference during this time of climate chaos and biodiversity loss. Introducing native plants to home landscapes helps increase biodiversity, supports wildlife, eliminates the need for pesticides and fertilizers and increases the soil’s capacity to store water. During this talk you’ll learn more about our unique and at-risk forest region and meet a selection of indigenous plants that are great additions to home gardens. You will leave with a greater understanding of how our home gardens are extensions of wild spaces. It is essential to remember that how we treat our gardens has an impact on the planet as a whole. Together we can help restore the Wapna’ki Forest region, one native plant at a time!

Melanie Priesnitz is the Conservation Horticulturist at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University. Melanie started working at the Botanical Gardens during the construction and planting phase and has continued growing alongside the garden for the last 23 years. She holds a diploma in Landscape Horticulture, certificates in Applied Plant Conservation, Organic Soil Management and Nature-based Leadership. A strong proponent of life-long learning, Melanie is passionate about sharing her love of native plants and the natural world with students of all ages.

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