Secchia Garden Lecture - Doug Tallamy

  • 11:00 PM8:00 PM

    Past Event

The Master Lecture Series - This annual lecture is made possible by The Secchia Family.

Join us as we welcome sought-after speaker, award-winning author and renowned ecologist Doug Tallamy, as he kicks off the Secchia Garden Lecture Series. He is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored more than 100 scientific research publications and taught for over 40 years. A primary goal in his research is to understand how insects interact with plants and how those interactions impact diversity within animal communities. His scientific research serves as the foundation for his message and the driving force behind his urgency to inspire Americans to incorporate more North American flora into their landscapes, helping create what he calls “a Homegrown National Park.”

In his lecture, Dr. Tallamy will discuss how past approaches to landscape design have focused strictly on our own pleasure, without consideration of the impact our practices might have on the natural world around us. These landscapes often support limited wildlife and don’t meaningfully contribute to local ecosystem function. Using chickadees and other wildlife as guides, he will explain how plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. In the process, he’ll show how creating living landscapes by sharing our spaces with other living things will not detract from our pleasurable garden experiences, but enhance them.

Dr. Doug Tallamy’s book, Nature’s Best Hope, will be available in the DeVos-Keeler Gift Shop. A book signing with the author will take place immediately following the lecture.

Registration is required and will available online at on March 1. Direct questions to Eve Choi at or call 616-975-3145.

*Applies toward Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener education credit.

  • Fee Information: Included with admission