“Environmental Benefits of Native Plants”
This presentation is about beautiful native plants and their environmental benefits. Participants will learn how to select the right plant for the right place and how to avoid invasive species. The discussion will cover why responsible citizens of Maryland, the nation and the world need to care about the types of plants growing here. Ecologist Judy Fulton will discuss both botanical and ethical considerations of choosing and managing our landscapes and wild areas.
Judy Fulton, founder of EcoPlant Consulting, is a native plant, invasive plant and ecology consultant. In addition, she is Chair of the Maryland Invasive Species Council’s Committee on Invasives Lists, a member of the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council, and a Maryland Master Gardener. Judy consults and teaches workshops for both individuals and organizations like the University of Maryland Extension, the Natural History Society of Maryland and the Irvine Nature Center. Her specialties include selection of appropriate native plants for specific ecoregions and growing conditions, and also control of invasive plants. She provides recommendations on transforming degraded properties from landscapes dominated by invasives to healthier ecosystems with native plants. The Daily Record selected Judy as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 1998, 2001 and 2004, and inducted her into its Circle of Excellence.