Date: Monday, May 9th, 2011 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Univ of IL Extension Building, Daniel T. Kelley Auditorium (map and directions)
Janice Coons and Nancy Coutant, faculty at Eastern Illinois University, will share their extensive expertise on selecting, maintaining, and propagating native plants for various garden situations and goals. They will cover such diverse topics as differing micro-climates in our gardens, plants with four-season appeal, and native plants for attracting wildlife, especially butterflies and hummingbirds. They will also offer advice on reliable native plant sources, including native plant nurseries, catalogues and websites, and local sales. Coons and Coutant both do research on the factors necessary for successful native plant propagation. Dr. Coons has successfully established 70-80 species of native plants in a single bed at her home in Minonk.