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Posted on: January 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy

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Evenings With Experts - offered by Grow Native Massachusetts

A Free Public Lecture Series - Register and learn more here. 


Wednesday, February 1 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm | online webinar presentation

Scary headlines about the decline of the natural world that serves as our life support have spurred people across the country to take action by planting natives to help reverse this trend. No plant will achieve this faster than one of our 91 species of oaks.  Oaks support more species of animals, sequester more carbon, protect our watersheds, and nourish soil communities better than any other plant genus in North America. Doug will illustrate these capabilities by sharing his observations of the many fascinating things that are happening on the oaks in his yard each month of the year. His hope is to impart knowledge about oaks that will generate interest in them, and, with any luck, compassion for these magnificent trees.

Doug Tallamy is a renowned advocate, researcher, best-selling author, and a professor at the University of Delaware. He is the co-founder of Homegrown National Park, a non-profit dedicated to galvanizing individuals and communities to regenerate biodiversity and ecosystem function by planting native plants, with an initial goal of 20 million acres of native plantings across the U.S.


  • This free program is open to all and features some of the nation's best experts on the ecology of native plant landscaping.
  • Since its inception in 2010 and throughout our first decade, we presented 4-5 programs each year at the Cambridge Public Library. With the arrival of the pandemic in 2020 we moved the lectures online, and now in 2023 look forward to a mix of virtual, in-person, and hybrid experiences.
  • Thanks to all who have helped to make this major educational initiative so much a part of our community and our history, and such a success. Together, we are building much greater public engagement in the need for ecological landscaping and knowledge about new methods for stewarding landscapes that help to protect biodiversity and to mitigate climate change.
  • Thank you to Grow Native Massachusetts program partners: Mount Auburn Cemeteryand the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.


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