The Pollinator Victory Garden: Winning the War on Pollinator Decline
Countless pollinator species have suffered dramatic declines in recent years. It’s a serious problem for all of us since pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 80% of all flowering plants, and at least 30% of the food that we eat. Unfortunately, most of our landscapes offer little in the way of appropriate habitat and forage for these essential animals. With simple strategies, you can attract and support not just bees, but an array of pollinators that have different requirements. Learn best practices for pollinators from the author of The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening.
EcoBeneficial Landscape Strategies for the Climate Crisis
Climate change is here and it is impacting our landscapes – increased flooding, more frequent droughts, more extreme weather events, longer growing seasons and increasing temperatures. Ecological mismatches, record losses of native species and an increase of invasive species are now the norm. Want to help fight climate change in any landscape? Learn how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can help reduce the impacts of climate change and improve the environment around you.
Unlocking the Mysteries of Native Plant Selection: What You Need to Know to Get it Right
When choosing native plants, you have to ask the right questions to get the best results. Kim Eierman will help you sort out the mysteries and complexities of native plant selection including: Am I buying a genetic clone, and does it matter? What are local ecotypes and where can I buy them? Are native cultivars ok? Are dwarf nativars ecologically-useful? What’s the tradeoff with double flowers? Which native plants require pollination partners and how do I source them? What are the pros and cons of planting native seeds vs. live plants? Get the answers you need to make your native landscape both beautiful and eco-beneficial.
Creating a Succession of Bloom in the Native Garden
If you want to attract and support pollinators, succession of bloom is an absolute imperative in any landscape. From early spring through late fall, different species of pollinators look for different types of plants at different times of year. And, some plants are much more useful to pollinators than others. Is your garden ready? Learn what you need to know to make your garden beautiful and ecologically-supportive throughout the growing season with great choices of natives.
Taking Landscapes to the Next Level: From Leveraging Ecosystem Services to Changing Cultural Norms
With increasing development and diminishing natural areas, our landscapes have become the final frontier for environmental improvement. Learn the latest strategies to take any landscape to the next level. Enhancing biodiversity, emulating natural systems, leveraging ecosystem services, mitigating the impacts of climate change, storing more carbon, utilizing informed plant selection techniques, and using cues to care, are some of the strategies Kim Eierman will share.
Great Native Plants for Containers
Learn which native plants are the best choices to plant successfully in containers. Invite butterflies, beneficial insects, and hummingbirds into your yard, patio, deck or balcony with the great native plants that support them. Have you run out of room to plant in your garden? Can’t grow certain plants because you don’t have the right soil conditions? Tired of replacing annuals in containers? Native container gardening is the new frontier – beautiful and eco-beneficial!
Selecting Native Plants for Fall and Winter Interest & Ecology
With a little bit of planning your native garden can look beautiful in all seasons, even as flowers fade. Discover how to extend the color show and textural interest in your landscape through fall and winter with beautiful foliage, striking structure, and colorful branches, berries and seed pods. And, support the wildlife around you while you enjoy the show!
Hellstrip & Streetscape Gardening with Native Plants
When it comes to hellstrips and streetscapes, putting “the right plant in the right place” has never been more important. Road salt, soil erosion, dogs, leaching from cement walkways, reflected heat and frequent neglect, all require plants that can stand up to the abuse. Learn the realities of rough & ready native gardening and the ecologically valuable native plants that can stand up to the challenge.
Beyond Sustainability: Using Our Landscapes as a Source of Environmental Change
Our environment has never been more fragile, but our traditional landscapes are escalating the problem. A landscape is more than a combination of trees, shrubs and perennials – it’s complex system where all living things are connected. Landscaping with an ecosystem approach contributes to species diversity, attracting and supporting the crashing populations of birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects. Kim Eierman explains how the design choices we make, the plants we select, and the maintenance practices we use, can transition traditional landscapes into healthy ecosystems filled with life. Learn how our landscapes can go beyond sustainability and become a source of environmental change.
Replacing the Green Desert: Native Plant Alternatives to Turf
The great American love affair with the Green Desert (aka lawn) has a long tradition with a very high ecological cost. Exotic grass lawns are virtual wastelands in our local ecosystems, providing little to our native species, while demanding tremendous amounts of water, labor and fertilizer. Kim Eierman explains how to turn a lifeless lawn into a thriving ecological system filled with native plant alternatives.
Meadowscaping at Home: How to Make a Native Meadow
Tired of that lifeless, boring lawn? Want to plant something that is beautiful, low maintenance, deer-resistant and ecologically-beneficial? Learn how to create a meadow or a meadow-like garden in your own landscape, using the best native plants. Kim Eierman explains the different techniques for meadowscaping in any landscape – from a pocket meadow to a large landscape.
Using Native Trees to Support Pollinators
Flowering perennials are important for pollinators, but native trees are rarely considered as critical resources for pollinators, particularly important in early spring. With their biomass and multiple ecological functions, native trees can help us win the war on pollinator decline. Learn about the native trees that support pollinators with nectar, pollen, propolis, habitat or larval food.
Native Groundcovers for Beauty, Function and Ecology
Ready to reduce your lawn (the “green desert”), but don’t know which native groundcovers could work? Explore the many native groundcovers that bring beauty and ecological function to your landscape. Whether you have a shady, moist garden or a sunny, dry hillside, learn which native groundcovers are your best choices.
Designing a Healthy Ecosystem Garden
Learn how to create a healthy ecosystem garden filled with life with Kim’s practical tips for setting goals, making a plan and using designs that you can realistically achieve. And, learn how to measure your success. Don’t just settle for a garden when you can create a healthy ecosystem, too!
Nativelicious: Gardening With Edible and Ornamental Native Plants
Native plants can add beauty to your garden while providing you with edible fruits, nuts, and berries. Kim Eierman shares the best choices of edible native plants that actually improve your backyard (and front yard) ecosystem, supporting beneficial insects, birds and valuable pollinators. Have you ever tasted a Juneberry pie or served PawPaw ice cream at a dinner party? Kim explains how you can use these nutritious, edible native plants in your garden and in your kitchen.
Ecological Workhorse Plants for the Native Garden
Whether you have limited gardening space or a large landscape, you can significantly boost the environment by using native plant “workhorses.” These hardworking plants perform multiple ecological duties – whether offering nectar and pollen, serving as host plants for butterfly caterpillars, providing fruit for hungry birds or preferred habitat for wildlife. Get the information you need to make better plant choices and turn your landscape into an ecological wonderland!
Native Container Gardening for Pollinators
When you run out of planting room, or simply don’t have any in-ground garden at all, you can still plant for pollinators! Discover the best choices of pollinator-friendly native plants that you can grow in containers, and the important pollinators they will support.
Gardening Inspirations from the Smoky Mountains
The Smoky Mountains boast some of the healthiest ecosystems and greatest biodiversity in North America. Our Northeastern landscapes have quite a few of the same native plants, but far less healthy ecosystems. Learn how the beauty and the ecology of the Smoky Mountains can be modeled in your own landscape. Boost your own garden ecosystem with these gardening inspirations from the Smokies.
Native Pollinators and the Native Plants That Feed Them
Our native pollinators include many different species of bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, birds, flies, and even wasps. These different species of pollinators are attracted to and can utilize different native plants. A successful pollinator garden must feed all of them. Learn about our native pollinators and the native plants that feed them.
Native Landscaping 101
Native landscapes do much more than look beautiful – they improve ecological health, attracting and supporting declining native species including songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. A properly planned and well-executed native landscape is low maintenance, that delivers high ecological value. Learn the best practices of native landscaping and improve the environment around you.
Replacing Invasives: Competitive Native Plants for Challenged Landscapes
Whether your landscape is plagued by Japanese Stiltgrass, Burning Bush, Porcelain Berry, Garlic Mustard, or any other troublesome invasive plants – there are great native plants that can take their place. Discover what regional native plants are the best, and most ecological, alternatives for your landscape.
Intro to Native Plant Communities
Ever notice that certain native plants grow together in the wild? Why don’t we garden this way? There are important ecological reasons to garden with a plant community approach. Learn about some of our common plant communities, why they are important, and how to emulate them in your landscape.
Native Trees for Small Spaces: Big Ecological Benefits in Small Sizes
Even with limited space you can still plant beautifully and ecologically with a wide array of small native trees. Learn which choices are most suitable for your region and provide important ecological services including: nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds, nuts and berries, cover, and bird nesting sites. Get the information you need to source and correctly plant the best small native trees.
Plant It and They Will Come: Creating a Bird Friendly Landscape
Attracting birds to your landscape requires an ecological approach – different species have different requirements. Learn the best landscaping techniques and native plants that provide the food, shelter and nesting sites, which these birds depend upon. The bonus is a beautiful landscape with a vastly improved ecosystem that benefits many living creatures.
Native Gardening to Support Butterflies, Skippers and Moths
Lepidoptera (butterflies, skippers and moths) are some of the most beautiful creatures to grace our gardens. Unfortunately quite a few species are declining, not just the iconic Monarch butterfly. Learn how to provide these treasured insects with the habitat, native host plants and native nectar plants they need to flourish.
Attracting Nature’s Pest Control: Gardening for Natural Enemies
Put down the pesticide and pick up your gardening trowel instead! Learn how to reduce garden pests, without the collateral damage from hazardous pesticides. Discover how to attract beneficial insects known as natural enemies, nature’s pest control, with the habitat and native plants that support them. Think all organic pesticides are safe? Think again. Kim explodes these common myths and shows how we can become better environmental stewards of our own landscapes.
Native Gardening in the Shade: From Wet to Dry
Frustrated by your shady landscape? Gardening in the shade can be both beautiful and ecologically supportive with the right selection of native plants. Whether you have dry, average, moist or wet conditions, part shade, full shade or filtered shade, Kim Eierman will show you how to create a beautiful native garden that supports your ecosystem.
Exploring EcoBeneficial Native Herbs
Many of the herbs we choose to plant are exotic plants from the Mediterranean. Why not try gardening with native herbs, that have culinary or medicinal uses and support your ecosystem at the same time? Discover which native herbs you can grow successfully, how to use them, and what creatures they support in our backyard ecosystems.
Best Native Gardening Practices for Beekeepers
As beekeeping grows in popularity so does the demand for forage resources. Learn how to keep your honey bees well fed, productive and making healthful, tasty honey using native plants. Kim Eierman explains the forage needs of bees, the principles of honey bee garden design, and the best native plant choices for nutrition and accessibility. Whether you are planting in a large landscape or on a rooftop you will learn what you need to keep your honey bees well fed.
Audience Reviews on Great Garden Speakers.com
“Good motivator! Kim inspired us with her exceptional knowledge on how to bring more pollinators into your own "eco-system" by using more natives and less pesticides.” “Kim Is Wonderful. Kim knows her subject and is entertaining. Many of our members commented how they enjoyed her talk. I learned so much and she opened my eyes to how I can improve my landscape to invite beneficial bugs. I am certainly more cognizant now and see my garden differently. I would invite her again in the future.” “Inspiring speaker (with good visuals). The Little Gardens of Tarrytown sponsored a talk on pollinators by Kim at our local public library and she mesmerized our audience. She is passionate, knowledgeable and funny! Her slide show makes a great complement to her speech. Recommend her highly.”
“Good motivator! Kim inspired us with her exceptional knowledge on how to bring more pollinators into your own "eco-system" by using more natives and less pesticides.”
“Kim Is Wonderful. Kim knows her subject and is entertaining. Many of our members commented how they enjoyed her talk. I learned so much and she opened my eyes to how I can improve my landscape to invite beneficial bugs. I am certainly more cognizant now and see my garden differently. I would invite her again in the future.”
“Inspiring speaker (with good visuals). The Little Gardens of Tarrytown sponsored a talk on pollinators by Kim at our local public library and she mesmerized our audience. She is passionate, knowledgeable and funny! Her slide show makes a great complement to her speech. Recommend her highly.”