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Author and landscape architect Carolyn Summers presents an informative review of current research that reveals the many ways in which indigenous (native) plants form the basis of the food web that supports a healthy, biodiverse landscape.

Her lecture covers ways to minimize harm from exotic plants, including the use of indigenous substitutes for a wide variety of traditional styles. Examples of striking, unusual indigenous plants used in formal settings will be provided along with naturalistic styles to explore the full design potential of northeastern indigenous flora.

This was part of the Cornell Plantations 2010 Fall Lecture Series.

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