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Nature-Inspired Landscaping Featured in Virtual Science Cafe on Thursday

Wilmington homeowner in front of stormwater pond_by Jane Harrison

Landscaping Inspired by Nature

A Virtual Science Cafe hosted by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

Thursday April 30, 7 pm
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These days, it seems like everyone’s sprucing up their yards. If you’re planning a landscaping update, consider introducing sustainable features, such as native plants that attract bees, butterflies, or other pollinators. Three members of the Coastal Landscapes Initiative, an effort to support nature-enhancing landscaping, will offer tips on how to create a yard that’s beautiful, functional, and environmentally friendly. The strategies can be used wherever you’re planting.


Gloria Putnam is the coastal resources and communities specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant, where she helps state and local organizations address environmental concerns through research, education and planning. Recent focus areas include toxic algal blooms, marine debris and ecologically minded landscaping.

Jane Harrison is the coastal economics specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant. She uses a social science lens to help coastal residents and other stakeholders understand how to sustainably use ocean and coastal resources to support economic development. Coastal landscaping, aquaculture and wastewater management are just a few areas of recent interest.

Christy Perrin is the sustainable waters and communities coordinator for North Carolina’s Water Resources Research Institute and Sea Grant programs. She engages people in collaboratively planning, studying, protecting and restoring water resources, and has current partnerships with schools and parks. She also coordinates the statewide North Carolina Watershed Stewardship Network.

photo: Wilmington homeowner and stormwater pond, courtesy of Jane Harrison