At the invitation of the county’s Master Gardeners, the Arkansas Native Plant Society, Wild Birds Unlimited and several garden clubs, Dr. Doug Tallamy, the champion of native plants, will speak here on Oct. 1.

The event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church, 150 Amity Road.

Tallamy’s book, “Bringing Nature Home,” promotes the use of native plants in the landscape.

According to Molly Jones of the Faulkner County Master Gardeners, “Dr. Tallamy posits that individual property owners/gardeners can make a huge difference in the fate of many threatened plant and animal species by adding native plants to our home landscapes and reducing the amount of property dedicated to lawns.

“In doing that, we can not only help wildlife survive, but we also can create landscapes that are much more economical and low maintenance since lawns consume an inordinate amount of water, fertilizer, pesticides and labor (requiring) fossil fuel-consuming lawn mowers.

“In addition, his book is easy to read but also good science -- from a highly regarded scientist.”

General admission to the event is $15 with a special admission price of $5 for teachers and students.
Dr. Tallamy’s book will be on sale for $12. He will sign books after his talk.

Those attending the Oct. 1 event at Antioch will be invited and encouraged to visit the new Master Gardener “Legacy Gardens,” a water conservation and butterfly garden, across the street from Antioch at The Natural Resources Center to see how Master Gardeners are incorporating native plants into this project, Jones said.