what they are, why they matter, how to use them
Are cultivars as beneficial for wildlife as straight species? What benefits and drawbacks do cultivars have in the garden? How can you make the best choice based on ecosystem function and aesthetic requirements?
We'll take a journey into the many definitions of native plant cultivars, then dive into several key research papers to explore the issues surrounding cultivars and exotic plants in the face of climate disruption and mass extinction. In many ways, our discussion will serve as a jumping off point for your own further research based on ecoregion and local plant communities.
If you're new to the topic of cultivars and want to ensure maximum support for pollinators and other wildlife in your landscape, this class will add nuance and arm you with critical information to make the best choices.
Join award-winning author, speaker, and garden designer
Benjamin Vogt on a fifty-minute journey to
inspire and invigorate your natural landscape. All sales are final and no refunds will be issued.
The class is self paced and remains online at the sole discretion of the
author. You have unlimited access to the class as long at it remains
online. The class and all material is the sole copyright of Benjamin Vogt
(author) and can't be rebroadcast, transcribed, or shared in any way
without the prior written permission of the author.
Benjamin is the author of A NEW GARDEN ETHIC, owner of the design firm Monarch Gardens, has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, and was an award-winning professor of over 50 classes. For five years he wrote a garden column for Houzz.com -- his nearly 200 articles explored the philosophical and practical sides of our gardens, from design strategies to wildlife value using native plants. Benjamin has spoken nationally to botanical gardens, environmental organizations, and city parks staff. He lives in Lincoln dreaming of restoring a prairie, opening a nursery, and hosting an artist residency program on 40 acres.
"I liked how he connected what we do in our gardens to the overall health of our ecosystem. He provided facts I hadn't heard before and I walked away from the presentation inspired to make changes."
"Wonderful! Combination of knowledge, wit, and alacrity of presentation.... So interested in his topic that he made me interested!"
"He did an outstanding job bridging practical gardening with the philosophy behind why we need native plants in our landscapes. He had great photos, statistics, and personal stories."