Conserve Louisiana's Natural Heritage: Grow a Louisiana Certified Habitat
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Attire: Casual Attire
Habitat loss from development and agriculture makes conservation on private property more critical than ever. What you do on your property does matter! In partnership with the Louisiana Native Plant Society, Phyllis Griffard and Tammany Baumgarten developed the Louisiana Habitat Certification Program (LCH) to encourage homeowners, schools, and organizations to plant more natives. The program’s emphasis is the importance of "gardening as though life depends on it" (Dr. Doug Tallamy). Certification begins at the Bronze Level with 25 species of native plants, increasing to Silver with 50 species, and Gold with 75 species. Once approved at any level you will receive a yard sign that will set an example and inspire others in your community to garden with wildlife in mind. In this tag-team presentation, Phyllis will talk about the mechanics of the LCH program, requirements of certification, and how to apply. Then, Tammany will take you on a virtual tour with commentary about inspiring certified gardens.
Tammany Baumgarten is a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and owner of BaumGardens, a full-service landscaping company serving the New Orleans area since 1997. Tammany has a keen interest in creating habitat and is an intense advocate of native gardens but applies these principles with a practicality suited to the needs of each client and space. Tammany is heavily involved with horticultural and ecological organizations. She also continues to study landscape diversity and ecological function to apply those principles to her designs.
Dr. Phyllis Baudoin Griffard is a biology educator recently retired from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her scholarly work has aimed to Bring Biology Home by making experiences of natural phenomena motivating and meaningful for lifelong learners of all ages. Phyllis has served as President of the Acadiana Native Plant Project and currently serves as Interim President of Acadiana Master Naturalists. Phyllis, Pete, and hundreds of species of birds, insects, herps, and mammals live on 7 acres of gold-certified habitat in Sunset, Louisiana.
ContactName: Peggy Coates
Address:11855 Highland Road Baton Rouge LA 70810