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May 21: Annual Gaywings Exploration Hurds Lake Camp Aya Po, Somers, Connecticut, Leader: Carole Dupont

May 22: Twelve Mile Brook Conservation Area, Wilbraham, Leader: Sonja Vickers

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Native Plants: Why They Matter

Presented by Leslie Duthie, Horticulturist, Retired, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Wednesday, May 18, starting at 7 p.m.

Tolman Auditorium/Seymour Planetarium, Springfield Science Museum

No matter where you live, native plants are a connection to native wildlife. Everyone enjoys hearing and
seeing birds in their yard. That is why we put up feeders. We all want the monarch butterflies to thrive,and
oftentimes we plant a milkweed plant. Bees are imperiled, so we add some pollinator plants to our garden. Whether you live in the city, suburbs or country, you can do something for wildlife. Planting native plants is one easy way to help out. Come hear about why it matters what we plant in our gardens, and learn about some showy native plants that will look great in your yard.


Leslie Duthie is an ecological horticulturist with over 40 years of experience growing, planting and
loving native plants. A former horticulturist at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Monson, she planted
and cared for over 75 acres of gardens and natural areas. After retiring in 2019 and with the advent of
the pandemic, she killed her lawn and planted a meadow. Bring your questions and your stories, and let’s share our love of nature togehter.