‘Gardening with Native Plants’ Talk Planned for Pine Lake

April 19, 2011

On Wednesday, April 27, Hartwick College will welcome Lisa Tessier, who will lead a discussion titled "Gardening with Native Plants." The event, part of the Conversations at the Lake sustainability discussion series, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Strawbale House at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College. The discussion is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Tessier says, "With spring in the air, our thoughts turn to our gardens. In this conversation we will discuss what 'native' and 'invasive' plants are, and why more home landscapers should consider using native plants. We'll focus on a selection of specific native shrub and perennial plants that are well-suited for this region. We'll also give attention to the growing requirements of each plant, its year-round appeal, and the possible wildlife enhancement that each provides. Finally, we'll discuss some of the challenges associated with native plant gardening." 

Lisa Tessier earned a B.S. in landscape architecture from Cornell University and an M.S. in landscape architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Tessier has worked for two landscape architecture firms in New York State, and for a non-profit called the Center for Community Design Research at SUNY ESF. She currently teaches at SUNY Delhi.

For more information on this event, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at 607-431-4666 or

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