“Bringing Nature Home” and “The Living Landscape”
Speaker: Doug Tallamy
Ecology / Landscape Design
Doug Tallamy has been a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware for 34 years. Chief among his research goals has been to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. He realized that as we have destroyed native vegetation and have instead imported plants indigenous to Europe, Asia, or Australia, the ecosystem that took millennia to create has been broken. There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife. Native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. Doug Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home, first published in 2007, sparked a national conversation about the need to maintain this web for wildlife.
In 2014 Doug joined with landscape designer, Rick Darke, to produce The Living Landscape. The emphasis is on creating a garden that is full of life and that fulfills both human needs and the needs of wildlife communities. Doug will bring this home to the Southern California region suggesting plants that will encourage the biodiversity of habitat necessary to sustain our native species yet will provide beautiful and practical landscapes.