Every garden matters, every landscape counts. Native plants create the foundation for healthy ecological communities and support native pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. However, the importance of native plants to stable ecosystems is not always well understood among gardeners, land managers, or the public. This is, in part, because for most of the past few centuries it has been an accepted practice for botanists, explorers, and others, to transport plant (and animal) specimens around the globe for ornamental and commercial purposes. Moving species to new continents or distant places was not anticipated as problematic, and only relatively recently have we humans begun to see the sometimes damaging and unintended consequences.
Educational programs, including the free, annual series, Evenings With Experts, held at the Cambridge Public Library.