Discover ‘Nature’s Best Hope’ at Gardening for Life Celebration

Published 12:25 pm Friday, February 17, 2023

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POLK COUNTY – The Gardening for Life Celebration, a free community event celebrating nature, will take place on March 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Polk County High School.

Organized by a group of nature enthusiasts in Tryon and Columbus, the event will feature ecologist and bestselling author Dr. Doug Tallamy as its keynote speaker. 

Tallamy’s presentation, Nature’s Best Hope, will explore the relationships between insects and plants, the diversity of animal communities, and what we can do to help nature in our own backyard. Tallamy advocates for changes individuals can make in their own yards and in their communities to protect and preserve native species.

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The event will also include educational exhibits by over 20 community organizations and businesses, native plant sales,  pollinator-friendly seed giveaways, 500 white oak sapling giveaways, book sales and signings by Dr. Tallamy, and more.

This free event is full, but those wishing to attend can add their names to a waiting list. Those who have tickets but will not be able to attend are asked to let organizers know, so they open up seats for folks who would like to attend the event.

Tallamy’s presentation will be live-streamed on the Gardening for Life Project’s website.

This is a free community event brought to you by the entire team of volunteers for the Gardening For Life Project and made possible thanks to community partners including Conserving Carolina, The Congregational Church (UCC) in Tryon, Lanier Library, Weiler Woods for Wildlife and New View Realty.

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