Need fresh ideas to invigorate a sad space? Want to get started using adaptable native plants that need no chemicals? Prefer to see tons of butterflies, bees, moths, and birds instead of lawn? Like the idea of our small homes being wildlife preserves? Visit Monarch Gardens and I'll help you get going!
I'm also available to speak on a whole host of topics, from native plants to butterfly and rain gardens, as well as keeping a garden journal and writing from the landscape.
2015 Speaking Schedule
1/20 -- 2015 Nebraska Great Plains Conference (sponsored by the NNLA & NAA), Omaha, NE -- 1:30 Ethical Gardening With Native Plants; 3:00 Butterfly & Pollinator Gardening
2014 Speaking Schedule
2/15 -- 3pm -- Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society conference, Kearney, NE -- Native prairie plant choices for beneficial insects as a way to increase small and large farm crop yields.
4/5 -- 1pm -- Bluebirds Across Nebraska conference, Beatrice, NE -- Learn about gardening with native plants for birds.
4/25 -- Noon-1pm -- Nebraska Book Festival, UNO, Omaha, NE -- Reading from my prairie poetry collection Afterimage.
5/15 -- Noon -- Fremont Kiwanis Club, Fremont Golf Club, Fremont, NE -- Butterfly gardening with native plants.
5/21 -- 11am-Noon -- How's It Growin' on KZUM 89.3 -- We'll talk about something good. The radio program will be live streamed and a podcast will be available.
5/30 -- 6:15pm -- Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, Onawa, IA -- How prairie plants connect us to place making a better world, and some of my top tallgrass native wildflower choices for wildlife.
6/5-6/7 -- 6/6 9:15-10:30am & 6/7 10:15-11:15am -- Millersville Native Plants in the Landscape conference, Millersville, PA -- I'll be speaking on the moral / ethical imperative of using native plants, as well as on monarch butterfly gardening. The event will be live streamed online.
6/18 -- Private event.
6/19 -- Hosting the Elkhorn Garden Club at my home garden, complete with tour and short presentation.
6/21 -- 11:30am (event is 10am-2pm) -- Community Crops Garden Gala at Peter Pan Park, Lincoln, NE -- a 30 minute presentation on organic native plant gardening, low maintenance and sustainable practices, as well as plant suggestions.
7/13 -- 1-3pm -- Sheldon Museum of Art Family Day, Lincoln, NE -- art-inspired writing workshop for kids aged preschool through 5th grade.
2013 Speaking Schedule
1/16 -- 11am-Noon -- How's It Growin' -- I'll return to the program to talk prairie plants in the home landscape. Podcast here.
2/12 -- Southeast Community College, Lincoln -- Teaching a class on organic wildlife gardening with native Nebraska wildflowers. Free seeds for all!
3/14 -- Catch me talking about raising monarch butterflies at 8:55am on Lincoln's channel 11.
3/16 -- 11am -- Husker Lawn and Leisure Show, Lincoln -- Butterfly Gardening 101.
3/23 -- 10am -- Finke Gardens, Lincoln -- Presentation on native wildflowers, part of the Friends of Wilderness Park annual fundraising plant sale.
4/6 -- Nebraska Book Festival, Omaha (UNO campus) -- Reading from my poetry collection, Afterimage, which has many a nature poem in it.
4/21 -- 12-5pm -- Earth Day, Lincoln -- Come stop by Monarch Gardens and talk about native plants and wildlife. We'll be selling plants, seeds, books, bee houses, pictures, and having a drawing for a free garden consultation.
4/27 -- 9am-4pm -- Spring Affair Plant Sale, Lincoln -- The largest plant sale in the Midwest. Come stop by Monarch Gardens and talk about native plants and wildlife. We'll be selling plants, seeds, books, bee houses, pictures, and having a drawing for a free garden consultation. I'd be happy to walk the aisles with you and pick out a few choice native plants.
5/3 -- 3pm -- Rolling Hills Ranch Senior Living Community, Omaha -- A presentation on some of the prettiest Nebraska wildflowers and butterflies we have to offer.
5/6 -- 6-8pm -- Gardening With Nebraska Wildflowers -- Southeast Community College Continuing Education, Lincoln -- Teaching a class on organic wildlife gardening with native Nebraska flowers. Free seeds for all!
5/15 -- 12-1pm -- Wildflower Gardening -- Ralston Library Lunch & Learn program. Omaha, NE.
6/8 -- 9am-1pm -- Garden Club of Lincoln Garden Tour -- Come see my home garden and talk plants. I'll have seeds and seedlings, with refreshments, available for you.
7/15 -- 6:30pm -- Plattsmouth, NE Garden Club -- Presentation on native wildflowers for wildlife.
7/21 -- 10am-2pm -- Old Cheney Road Farmer's Market -- Caterpillars to hold, native flowers to be inspired by, games and prizes for kids, learn about monarchs and butterfly gardening.
8/8 -- 4:30-8pm -- Fallbrook Farmer's Market Caterpillars to hold, native flowers to be inspired by, games and prizes for kids, learn about monarchs and butterfly gardening.
8/28 -- 11am-Noon -- How's it Growin' on KZUM -- Talking about Ignite Lincoln with Christine Hunt from EcoStores Nebraska, Jeff Lindstrom with Nature Explore, and Ellen Wright an environmental health educator for the city of Lincoln.
8/29 -- 7:30pm -- Ignite Lincoln! -- I have 5 minutes and 20 slides to convince you to re-prairie Lincoln. 15 others will make you laugh and cry. All proceeds go to a local nonprofit. See you at the Rococo Theater. See a video of my talk here.
9/21 -- 1-4pm -- Garden open house and short native plant presentation at my home garden.
9/29 -- 10am - 2pm -- Old Cheney Road Farmer's Market -- Caterpillars to hold, native flowers to be inspired by, games and prizes for kids, learn about monarchs and butterfly gardening.
10/21 -- Southeast Community College, Lincoln -- Teaching a class on organic wildlife gardening with native Nebraska wildflowers. Free seeds for all!