Exotic plants are taking over

Melanie StatenOur Town Outdoors

There’s a quiet invasion going on in our yards. Kudzu, privet, English ivy, Amur honeysuckle, Autumn olive, mimosa and several others were invited landscaping plants into our yards, but these exotics are slowly taking over. Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile.

Join education coordinator Michelle Campanis and naturalist and author Stephen Lyn Bales via Zoom on Thursday, July 6, at 7 p.m. EDT for the July First Thursday Nature Supper Club presentation hosted by the UT Arboretum Society. We’ll look at the benefits of choosing native plants, what the difference is between non-native and invasive plants and why your choices matter.

You can watch this Zoom class from the comfort of your home. Closed captions are available. The recording will be sent to everyone who registers.      The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Register at www.utarboretumsociety.org Contact Michelle at mcampani@utk.edu for any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at hellostephenlyn@gmail.com

Melanie Staten is a public relations consultant with her husband, Vince.


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