Speaker’s Bureau

The Wetumpka, Elmore County, April Lunch and Learn was presented by Peggy Thompson. She is a Jefferson County Master Gardener whofocuses on native plants. She had earned a Certificate in Native Plant Studies from The Birmingham BotanicalGardens where she is an active volunteer with the Native Plant Group.

Native plants have formed a symbiotic relationship with native wildlife over thousands of years, and thereforeoffer the most sustainable habitat. Native plants help the environment the most when planted in places matchingtheir growing requirements. Right plant…right place. This will lead to fewer problems with watering and pestcontrol. Native wildlife will also benefit.

Peggy showed some of her favorite native plants including trees, shrubs, bedding plants, vines and groundcovers.

She presented detailed information on Callicarpa americana, Croton alabamensis, Illicium floridanum, Hypericumprolificum, Calycanthus fluoridus, Cercis canadensis, Passiflora incarnata, Amsonia hubrichtii, Hydrangeaquercifolia, Mitchella repens, Zizia aurea, Asclepias tuberosa, Echinacea purpurea, Symphyotrichumgeorgianum, Geranium maculatum, Coreopsis laceolata, and Campsis radicans.

JCMGA 2022