Claudia Thompson

Lessons from the Garden:
What Native Plants Have Taught Me
with Claudia Thompson
Sunday, March 12, 2017
1 – 2:30 pm
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Claudia Thompson, President
Grow Native Massachusetts

Integrating more native plants into our gardens and managed landscapes is today’s model for being ecologically smart and helping to sustain life for birds, butterflies, pollinators, and wildlife. But creating a beautiful and vibrant landscape utilizing natives requires so much more than simply substituting these indigenous species for our old favorite horticultural exotics.

After a quick refresher about why gardening with native plants is so important, we will take an in-depth look at the lessons these plants have taught me over twenty-five years of gardening. Success rests on understanding their unique needs, ecology and adaptations. In turn, this can help us to create gardens that work synergistically with ecological processes rather than in conflict with them. This program will reaffirm your commitment to the joy and importance of native plants in our managed landscapes, and give you valuable tips for working with them. Yes, we can create gardens that use native plants successfully and to their best advantage!

Claudia’s Biography:
Ms. Thompson is the President of Grow Native Massachusetts, an organization that she founded in 2010 as the culmination of an extensive career in the environmental sector. She began her career as a teacher and environmental educator. More recently, she served as the Director of Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Director of Drumlin Farm for Mass Audubon, and as a board member for the New England Wild Flower Society. Her motivation for starting Grow Native Massachusetts comes from her conviction that the wise stewardship of our lands begins at home. We need a 21st century attitude toward conservation that changes the paradigm of thinking of the human and natural world as separate spheres, and that embraces our role in ecosystem dynamics.

Claudia’s happiest moments are spent in her own gardens, watching a diverse array of hawks, migrating songbirds, and even rare species such as woodcocks— all utilizing the habitat she and her husband have created on a relatively small parcel in urban Cambridge.