Cole Burrell and the Native Plants Movement

burrell_c.jpgC. Colston Burrell, a garden designer, photographer, naturalist, and all around guru of the native plants movement, will be speaking at Bachman’s Lyndale Avenue store Jan. 12. The event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticulture Society, the Rock Garden Society of Minnesota, the Saint Paul Garden Club, and Twin Cities Wild Ones. Burrell, author of A Gardener’s Encyclopedia of Wildflowers, is in the Twin Cities to attend the Minnesota Green Expo, the landscaping industry’s annual trade show.

His public talk, which begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, will be on the 20th Century Native Plant Movement, tracing gardeners’ love of native plants from “the Victorian passion for the outdoors and the birth of the field guide to the environmental movement and the growing number of modern native plant nurseries.” With the increasing concern about buckthorn and other invasives, more people are seeking native plants for private gardens and public spaces.

Tickets for Burrell’s presentation are $20 for members of MSHS, $25 for everyone else. Seating is limited and this event likely will sell out. If you are interested, call 651-643-3601, ext. 211, to register.

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