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On January 25, 2020 the Baton Rouge Master Gardeners from Hilltop Arboretum hosted a fantastic Gardening Symposium event packed with very informative nature presentations plus book and plant sales to help further education!                Doug Tallamy, nationally known speaker and author of Nature's Best Hope, was promoting the use of native plants to support wildlife whereas Bill Fontenot, author of Native Gardening in the South was more focused on planting for birds.   I felt very honored to be sharing the stage with these two very knowledgeable friends of mine as I was presenting, "Plant It and They Will Come!" --how to attract butterflies to your garden using specific native plants. Thank you, Hilltop folks for selling forty copies of my new book, "BugLady's Butterfly Summer"!  What a wonderful day!

My article on Geaux Grow Natives was included in the April 2019 LSU AgCenter Newsletter. Below is an excerpt.

I'll never forget the first time I met author Doug Tallamy on the evening of October 10, 2013 at his lecture at Longue Vue Gardens. I purchased his book, "Bringing Nature Home-- How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants" and asked him to sign it. Along with his signature, he wrote these words: "Garden as if life depended on it!"... To read the rest of the article, visit the LSU AgCenter Newsletter.

 

Nature's Best Hope 

A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:15am – 2:00pm
EBRP Main Branch Library Conference Room
7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge 70806

 

Want to attract more wildlife, butterflies and birds to your yard? The Jan. 25 symposium hosted by the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum can help.

The session will feature speakers Douglas W. Tallamy, Linda Barber Auld and Bill Fontenot, all of whom will offer ways for you to help protect and attract birds and bees (and a few other creatures) to your home garden and landscape. 

Auld, affectionately known as the New Orleans "BugLady," owns and runs Barber Laboratories. For over 40 years, she has studied and promoted understanding beneficial insects. Auld has raised 125 species of butterflies and moths, studying and photographing their life cycles.

Auld will talk about how to attract butterflies and pollinators throughout the year using native plants. Her new book, "BugLady’s Butterfly Summer," is an uplifting read and will be available for sale.

Deadline for early registration is Jan. 14. The cost is $75 ($85 after the deadline); $25 for students ($35 late) and $65 for members of Friends of Hilltop Arboretum, ($75 late). Registration and more information available at lsu.edu/hilltop, email hilltop@lsu.edu or call (225) 767-6916.

May 25, 2019

I had a fabulous time at Clegg's on Siegen Lane and Denham Springs today signing books and introducing people to my "Geaux Grow Natives" spring plants.

 

May 4, 2019

Great afternoon at Double M on Jefferson Highway
making new friends!
Starting my day off educating folks at Jefferson Feed on Central Ave.