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Why Going Native Matters presented by Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project

Wednesday, March 27 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Rines Auditorium
Audience: Adults

Heather McCargo, found and executive director of Wild Seed Project will present, Why Going Native Matters: Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience on Wednesday, March 27th at 5:30pm in the Rines Auditorium of the Main Branch.

In this slide presentation, Heather will cover the many reasons we all should care about our region’s native flora and bring these native plants back into our developed landscapes. Native plants are beautiful, they are important for our region’s ecosystem functioning, and they do not need the high inputs of water and nutrients of commonly cultivated plants, making them excellent additions to our gardens. She will then explain current nursery trade practices associated with native plants, including loss of genetic diversity and cloning, and how we can all support our native flora with by planting seed-grown native plants.

About the Speaker

women wearing white tunic standing in the forestHeather McCargo, founder and executive director of Wild Seed Project is an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, landscape design, and conservation. She was the head plant propagator at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods during the 1990s, worked in landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, and has been a contributor to several research projects with USAID, the National Gardening Association, and MOFGA. She has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Horticulture and American Nurseryman. More locally, Heather designed the master plan for the medicinal gardens at Avena Botanicals in Rockland and in 2014 founded Wild Seed Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland. Heather has a B.A. in plant ecology from Hampshire College, and an M.A. from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

About the Series » Portland’s Sustainability Series: Leading conversations on Maine’s changing climate

Portland’s Sustainability Series is co-hosted by the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative. Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series presents a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join us as we engage in these important issues and conversations!