The past decade has seen massive changes in the landscape industry. The days of landscapes dedicated to beauty alone are passing. Customers are demanding ecologically sensitive landscapes; they want reduced lawn, reduced maintenance, and greater wildlife value. In other words, they want native plants. But not all natives make good landscape choices; some are overly fussy about their habitat needs, while others will take over small spaces, and plenty more simply don’t resonate with all clients. Join Dan Jaffe Wilder, author, and the Director of Applied Ecology at Norcross Wildlife Foundation for a discussion about how to work native plants into any landscape. From tried-and-true species to solution plants for hard-to-fill spots we will discuss how to landscape with native plants successfully.
About Dan Jaffe Wilder, Director of Applied Ecology, Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Photographer and author Dan Jaffe Wilder has over fifteen years’ experience with ecological horticulture. He is a propagator of native species, the photographer and author of Native Plants for New England Gardens and a lecturer on numerous topics including wildlife habitat, sustainable landscape practices, foraging and cultivation of edible species, low-maintenance horticulture and others. He has developed a native plant horticultural database (https://plantfinder.nativeplanttrust.org/Plant-Search) and has years of nursery management experience.
Dan earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, and an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from Native Plant Trust (formally New England Wild Flower Society). He is the Director of Applied Ecology for the Norcross Wildlife Foundation and is currently building his own home-scale homestead, growing and foraging numerous edible species, preserving and cooking whenever possible, and raising small animals.