March 16 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The early 20th century front yard was a lawn, a shrub or two, perhaps a perennial bed, and a tree – all nicely manicured and highly ordered. This approach lasted well into the 1960’s, with the emphasis on lawns, decorative annuals to provide “seasonal color”, and a multitude of invasive plants. Today, we are moving beyond those look-alike landscapes and transforming front yards into beautiful, ecologically diverse habitats. Learn how to boost your curb appeal and create a yard that welcomes friends, neighbors, and a host of beneficial wildlife.


Duncan Himmelman, Ph.D., earned his doctorate at Cornell University and taught horticultural science at the college level for 24 years. He recently retired as the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center, a public garden in Delaware devoted to native plant advocacy. He continues to enjoy teaching, designing landscapes, and promoting ecologically focused gardening practices.

Cost Bartow-Pell Members: $20; Not-Yet Members: $30