Dual Session: The Living Landscape
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 09 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Session 1: The Ecological Landscape & "Nativars": Evaluating Pollinator Preferences/Values of Native Phlox Species & Cultivars

Native cultivars (“nativars”) are being developed at a rapid pace by the nursery trade. Despite marketing efforts to convince the gardening public of their value in wildlife landscaping, little is known about their ecological benefits. In this presentation, an experiment conducted at Mt. Cuba Center in northern Delaware will be discussed that assessed insect attraction and nectar quality of Phlox cultivars vs. species. In addition, a survey of all the known research on nativars will be presented to determine how they may or may not be appropriate for use in ecological horticulture. 

PresenterK. Nevison, Longwood Graduate Program, Newark, Delaware.


Session 2: Changing the Smithsonian Gardens' Butterfly Habitat Garden to a Pollinator Garden

In 1995, Smithsonian Gardens opened the Butterfly Habitat Garden at the National Museum of Natural History. After twenty years, this popular landscape is being reinterpreted to become the Pollinator Garden. This change reflects the growing importance of supporting pollinator health championed by the formation of a task force by President Obama in 2014 and the implementation of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. As a key advocate for pollinators, Smithsonian Gardens’ rebranding of this space will help their efforts towards reaching millions of annual visitors. Learn how dynamic new interpretative panels and engaging activities will repurpose an established garden. 

Presenter: J. Gagliardi, Smithsonian Gardens, Washington, DC.

This session has been approved for 1 LACES Credit Hour.