Native Trees and Shrubs for Northeastern Gardens

April 8, 2021, 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM

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Join renowned horticulturist and Innisfree trustee Brad Roeller to explore the value, versatility, and adaptability of a wide range of native trees and shrubs worthy of inclusion in today’s landscape. Many of the design and maintenance strategies developed at Innisfree by landscape architect Lester Collins incorporate native plants and natural ecological processes. Native plants, generally considered those that existed in an area prior to European settlement, evolved with other native flora and fauna to suit the particular conditions of a region. As a result, these plants need less maintenance, including water, fertilizers, and pesticides, to be grown well. Natives also foster bio-diversity because they evolved to fill specific roles in the healthy functioning of the local ecosystem. In addition to talking about great native trees and shrubs, Brad will introduce participants to the ecological and design principles essential to successfully integrating native species into designed landscapes.

Retired but actively involved in planning for and managing the Innisfree landscape, Brad Roeller offers a wealth of ideas and expertise to gardeners at every level. He held top horticultural positions at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies, the New York Botanical Garden, and a storied private estate, has published widely, and has been teaching at NYBG and the likes for forty years. Reflecting his own interests, his research has focused on ecologically-driven and sustainable landscape practices, gardening in areas with high deer populations, and landscape plants for Northern gardens.

To accompany his lecture, Brad Roeller has shared a list of the best native trees and shrubs for your garden PLUS lots of information about how to use them in your own garden.

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About the Speaker

Brad has been a featured speaker at many large industry forums. He has presented at New England Grows annual conferences; the Perennial Plant Association’s annual meetings; UConn’s Perennial Plant Conferences; Vermont Association of Professional Horticulturists annual meeting; NYS Turf & Landscape Association annual conferences; UMaine’s annual Garden Day conferences; NYS Turf & Landscape Association annual meetings; Empire State Green Industry Shows annual conferences; and Northeast Organic Farming Association annual conferences.

Brad’s broad body of horticultural work and knowledge has made him one of the most popular lecturers with regional garden clubs. He has been a featured speaker at several GCA and Federated Garden Clubs zone conferences.

Brad has been published in several magazines including Fine Gardening and Audubon as well as dozens of newspapers, including the NY times and the Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals.

Brad has been an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden for 40 years; the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies since it’s inception in 1983; and the Berkshire Botanical Garden for the past several years. He has participated in numerous professional forums, especially with his work with whitetail deer, sustainable landscape care, ecological design and landscaping with native plants and his life-long work with perennials and trees and shrubs.

This lecture will be given via Zoom.
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To accompany his lecture, Brad Roeller has shared a list of the best native trees and shrubs for your garden PLUS lots of information about how to use them in your own garden.

Download Here