Join Lynn and Wayne in a collaboration designed to ignite your interest in the need to find suitable native plants for your yard that will help support your favorite feathered friends and perhaps replace plants from foreign habitats that, while pretty, serve no benefit to the biodiversity of your home setting.  

Wayne will join us in Sessions 2 and 3 to help focus us on the vital need for native plants that help support our local ecosystem and sustain the local birds we get so much enjoyment from when they visit our yards.

Session 1: Native plant solutions. We will dig right into the subject with a look at native plant solutions for use in the home landscape, their characteristics and the solutions they can provide.  We will look at ways to replace common landscape plants of little value in our yards, and discuss how to develop a landscape plan with native plants that give us enjoyment throughout the seasons.  

Session 2: Why natives? We’ll tap into Wayne’s years of experience in ecology to contribute to our look at the benefits of using plantings that are native to our area.  After this session we will all be able to tell our neighbors why including native plants in our yards is so important!

Session 3: Attracting pollinators and birds with native plants. Wayne will help us focus on the relationship between birds common to our area and the native plants that support the insects and seeds they need for food, as well as the gardening practices that help sustain birds in your yard through the seasons.

Feedback from past courses taught by Lynn and by Wayne:

Wayne’s enthusiasm is contagious. I learned so much from each class session and then to be able to put it to practice in the field made this learning experience even more meaningful.

This was absolutely fun and informative. I’ll be taking more from Dr. Bell.

If I could have given Lynn’s native plant class more than 5 stars I would have.  It was informative and  inspirational. Wish I had more property to plant everything we discussed. This is a great class. I learned a lot.  I especially loved the field trips. What an excellent excellent class!”   

Thank you. Excellent program especially the inclusion of field trips!”

Learned a lot. Wonderful course Excellent Summer Program!!!  Repeat next year!”

HYBRID COURSE:  Choose in-person at the Easton Peachblossom YMCA, Zoom, or Recording.

3 Class Sessions | Tuesdays | May 10, 17, 24 | 1-2:30pm | $30 plus 3 in-person field trips

Field Trips are scheduled for the Fridays after each class session, 8:30–10am

Lynn Randle

Lynn Randle is an avid and determined native plant gardener who has used natives in plantings extensively over the past 20 years in a variety of climate zones. A native of Santa Rosa, CA, Lynn spent a number of years moving every few years in government and business positions, which gave her a taste for planning landscapes large (horse ranch) to small (townhome decks and patios). A retired consultant, Lynn earned an MA in Communications Research from Stanford University as well as an MA in International Relations. She has lived here in Talbot County since 2014.

Wayne Bell, Ph.D.

Wayne Bell, Ph.D., is Senior Associate and former Director of the Washington College Center for Environment and Society. A native of Silver Spring, MD, he graduated from the University of Miami, FL, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University where E.O. Wilson infected him with a lasting love of all things ecological. Retired since 2006, Dr. Bell continues his passion for birds and teaching through the Maryland Ornithological Society Youth program (YMOS) and the Chesapeake Forum.

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