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Humane Gardening: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us.

Recently, while browsing Garden Centre Shopping for patio furniture, I found myself reflecting on these questions. The beauty and functionality of well-designed outdoor spaces can coexist harmoniously with wildlife if we approach gardening with the right mindset.

Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures. By integrating these principles, we can create garden spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and ecologically supportive.

Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife and a columnist for All Animals magazine. A frequent speaker on garden ecology, she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson’s book and wildlife habitat have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Oprah Magazine. She previously led the creative teams behind the award-winning magazines of The Humane Society of the United States. Learn more about Nancy and her work here.


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February 28, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Howard County Conservancy
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Mt Pleasant
10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the event. If a program is canceled by the Conservancy, participants will be notified and offered a refund. All other program fees are non-refundable and support educational programs at the Conservancy. Organized groups may not be able to be accommodated at our free programs. Please contact the Conservancy about scheduling a separate program for your group.


The Conservancy is committed to connecting all to nature. Learn more about our Justice Diversity Equity and Inclusion practices.