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Posted on: May 21, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Learn how to use Iowa native plants for home landscaping on May 30

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On May 30, learn how you can use Iowa native plants in your yard with free seminars, displays, information & design advice.

This is a free event open to the public.

Location: 125 W. Forevergreen Rd. Coralville, IA
Date: May 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost for this event
Description: Speakers, displays, information and advice on using natives in your landscape

We hear a lot about Monarch population decline, the dangers of overuse of chemicals and impaired water quality but many of us wonder if we can make a difference in our yards. The answer to that question is yes, there are simple ways to create habitat for butterflies and other wildlife, reduce maintenance, improve the environment and still have a beautiful yard.

Plant Iowa Native is an initiative of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa. It is collaboration between consumers, private industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies for the purpose of promoting native Iowa plants. They are working to educate the public on the use of native plants in the landscape. On May 30 at Forever Green in Coralville the Tallgrass Prairie Center will have a Plant Iowa Native Event from 10:00-12:00. Speakers will talk about how you can incorporate native trees, shrubs grasses and flowers into your yard, and their benefits. There will be displays of native plants and seeds, as well as live butterflies in Forever Green’s butterfly house.
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Speakers for this event will be:

Rob Roman - Linn County Roadside Manager

Native prairie species add value and resilience to Iowa’s public roadside resource. Native species are adaptable and long-lived, they improve erosion control and provide valuable habitat, and yes, they can even improve safety along our roadways. Rob is the Roadside Vegetation Manager with the Linn County Secondary Road Department. Rob has 35 years of experience working with prairie management and Linn County has a prairie roadway demonstration project that is in its 44th growing season. Come and hear about the opportunities, successes, challenges and lessons learned when using and managing for natives along our roadways.

Staci Mueller - Tallgrass Prairie Center/ Plant Iowa Native

Native & Prairie plants are a great addition to our landscapes from prairie plantings to native trees like Oak and Serviceberry. Learn why incorporating natives into your yard makes sense and get advice on how to choose the best plants for your yard. Learn how the Plant Iowa Native initiative works to promote, educate, and create awareness of the use of native plants for horticultural, conservation, and habitat-improvement across Iowa.

Lucy Hershberger - Forever Green

Butterflies populations are declining due to loss of habitat and other problems. Learn about the butterflies’ lifecycle, and what you can do to create habitat that will attract them into your yard. Visit Forever Green’s butterfly house to see and interact with live butterflies in various life stages.

For more information, contact:
Lucy Hershberger at Forever Green at 319-626-6770 or [email protected]
or Staci Mueller Tallgrass Prairie Center 319-273-3866 or [email protected]

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