Welcome to the Midwestern Herb and Garden Show!


 2015 Midwestern Herb and Garden Show will be held at the Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon Illinois on Feb13th, 14th, & 15th.


Keynote speakers:



Doug Tallamy

 

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 33 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.

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Keynotes: Doug Tallamy


Friday 6:00 pm 


A Case For Native Plants  --  Doug Tallamy - University of Delaware Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere.  Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why it is important to restore biodiversity to our residential properties, and what we need to do to make our landscapes living ecosystems once again.

 

Saturday  11:00 am. 


Creating Living Landscapes - Doug Tallamy - University of Delaware

Once you have decided to share your property with other species, how do you go about doing that? Can we bring life into urban areas? How do you reconstruct complex food webs in your yard? How can we get more plants into your landscape without it looking wild and messy? Will living landscapes be more prone to insect damage and vermin?  Are they higher maintenance? Tallamy will answer these questions and more to help you make your yard a fascinating part of nature.