Date: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 Time: 1:00 am - 2:30 am Location: Univ of IL Extension Building, Daniel T. Kelley Auditorium (map and directions)
John Marlin will share tips and strategies for propagating your own woodland beauties such as bluebells, jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, and other native Illinois woodland plants. The presentation will include techniques for propagating woodland wildflowers from seeds and cuttings, examples of woodland plants at various stages of development, and discussion on potential uses in urban gardens.? John will also discuss how students from grade school to college can participate in this activity in addition to commenting on the importance of native plants to pollinators and birds and the threat posed by invasive plants and changes in the Illinois landscape.
John C. Marlin is a lifelong Illinois resident who has been propagating native woodland wildflowers for over 20 years with the help of his family and many school children. John holds a PhD in entomology from the U of I.? He is the coordinator of several native planting projects at the University of Illinois where he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. ?He works as a research affiliate at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and is also an affiliate of the Illinois Natural History Survey.? He is an advocate for maintaining native flora and fauna.