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Catherine regularly contributes to Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. Look for her series on “Wildlife Gardens by Example”. http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/wildlife-gardens-by-example-wolf-trap/

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Appearance Calendar

Upcoming Events

  • February 27, 2014 7-8:30pm
    Delaware Center for Horticulture, 2014 Winter Lecture Series,
    “Meadowscaping in Urban & Suburban Landscapes”.
    Catherine shows you how to create a beautiful, thriving, low- cost, low-maintenance meadow habitat in your landscape. Book and DVD signing to follow.
    The Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N Dupont Street,Wilmington, DE 19806
    http://www.thedch.org/content/winter-lecture-series
  • May 29, 2014 9-4:30pm
    2014 Master Gardener Training Day Series
    10:30-12:00pm lecture on meadow creation. Catherine will be available to answer questions afterward and Urban & Suburban Meadows book and DVD will be for sale. University of MD – College Park campus
    https://extension.umd.edu/mg/annual-training-day

Recent Events

  • November 16, 2013
    2013 Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council’s ‘Turning a New Leaf’ Conference
    Join Catherine as she presents Meadowscaping for Large and Small Spaces. The conference is based on the keynote speaker, Dr. Douglas Tallamy’s book Bringing Nature Home. Not to be missed!
    National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Ln, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
    http://chesapeakelandscape.org/event/2013-turning-new-leaf-conference
  • September 13 2013
    Duke Farms “Discovering Meadows”
    Catherine presents and joins other speakers as the creation and management of meadows is discussed. The Meadow Project DVD, “Urban and Suburban Meadows” is included in the registration fee.
    Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, N.J
    http://www.dukefarms.org/
  • April 6 & 7 2013
    Loudoun County Master Gardener 4th Annual Gardening Symposium
    Catherine will be speaking about meadow establishment and kicking off the meadow season at 11am on April 6th. She will be available to sign books and DVDs. There is still time to sign up and join a great line up of speakers for this event!
    Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr NW, Leesburg, VA
    http://­www.­loudou­ncountymaste­rgardeners.­org
  • March 12 2013 6:45pm
    “Meadowscaping in Urban & Suburban Spaces”
    Potomac Village Garden Club, Potomac, MD
  • March 6 2013 7-8:30pm
    Evenings with Experts 2013, “Meadowscaping in Urban & Suburban Spaces”
    Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
    Grow Native Massachusettes http://www.grownativemass.org/programs/eveningswithexperts
  • February 28 2013 2:00pm
    19th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace, Sustainable Habitats: Building Ecological Connections
    “The Managed Meadow” Panel with Catherine Zimmerman (The Meadows Project), Nick Novick (Small Planet Landscaping), ELA Moderator: Kevin Staso, North Creek Nurseries
    MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA
    http://www.ecolandscaping.org/
  • February 23 2013
    Wildflower Preservation & Propagation Committee of McHenry County
    “Meadowscaping; A Recipe for Restoring Native Habitat”
    21st annual Natural Landscaping Seminar
    McHenry County College Conference Center, Crystal Lake, IL
    http://TheWPPC.org
  • November 13 2012 10:30am
    Mountain Laurel Garden Club
    “Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces”
    Catherine visits with club members talking about creating living landscapes that will provide beautiful habitat at low cost and low maintenance. Book signing to follow.
    Will O’ Wisp Restaurant on Deep Creek Lake
    Garrett County, MD
  • October 28 2012 2:30-3:30pm
    “Meadowscaping; A Recipe for Restoring Native Habitat”
    North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, fall 2012 Jenny Fitch Lecture.
    http://ncbg.unc.edu/lectures
  • October 13 2012 9:00am
    “Meadowscaping: A Recipe for Healthy Urban and Suburban Landscapes”
    Chatham Community Center, 702 Main Street, Chatham (Cape Cod), MA
    For more information contact the Chatham Conservation Office at 508.945.5164. The event will be free to the public. Catherine will be available to sign her book and companion DVD, “Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces”
    http://www.chatham-ma.gov/Public_Documents/ChathamMA_Conservation/Program.htm
  • September 8 2012 11:00-3:30pm
    Two-part workshop on meadowscaping! The Meadow Project’s new DVD on creating meadows is included with workshop fee. In the morning session Catherine will present meadowscaping as a lawn alternative. She explains why meadow and prairie habitats are so beneficial both economically and environmentally as well as giving a step-by-step primer on reducing lawn size and organically installing a beautiful meadow in your own yard. No space is too small! The afternoon session is a hands-on-workshop where both seeding and live plant installation will be demonstrated. Participants will “dig in” and plant a 40 by 25 foot meadow! Questions about the program? Email: Lschaefer@edgeofwoodsnursery.com or Call: 610-395-2570.
    To register: http://meadowscape-eac2.eventbrite.com/
    Location: 2415 Route 100, Orefield, PA 18069
    http://www.edgeofthewoodsnursery.com/category/news
  • July 10 2012 6:45pm
    “Meadowscaping in Urban & Suburban Spaces”
    Georgia Native Plant Society
    Catherine presents meadowscaping as a lawn alternative. She explains why meadow and prairie habitats are so beneficial both economically and environmentally and gives a step-by-step primer on reducing lawn size and organically installing a beautiful meadow or prairie in your own yard. No space is too small! Join the movement to bring back native habitat for wildlife and humanlife!
    Day Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, at 1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA
    http://www.gnps.org/geninfo/Calendar.php#_GNPS_Meetings_and_E
  • July 9 2012 7:00pm
    “Meadowscaping: A Recipe for Healthy Urban and Suburban Landscapes”
    Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones
    In addition to Catherine’s talk on creating meadows big and small, Wild Ones will be registering new members! Catherine will also be available for book and DVD signing.
    Chattanooga State Community College’s Humanities Auditorium
    4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN
    For more details, contact: Sally Wencel, 423-313-3620 chattanooganatives@gmail.com
  • March 24 2012 12:00pm
    Homestead Gardens “From Lawn to Meadowscape”
    Catherine will introduce you to meadowscaping and show you how to create a beautiful, thriving, low cost, low maintenance meadow habitat. Book signing to follow.
    Davidsonville Location 743 West Central Avenue Davidsonville, MD 21035 410-798-5000
    http://www.homesteadgardens.com/events
  • March 5 2012
    2012 Organic Land Care Symposium “Creating Organic, Sustainable Meadows”
    Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta, Georgia
    http://www.beltline.org/BeltLineCalendar/AllUpcomingEvents/tabid/1748/ctl/View/mid/3363/ItemID/2254/Default.aspx?selecteddate=3/5/2012
  • March 4 2012
    25th Annual Wildflower Conference “Meadowscaping in Urban & Suburban Spaces”
    Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus, East Lansing, Michigan
    http://www.wildflowersmich.org/index.php?menu=5
  • February 16 2012
    The Piedmont Landscape Association 29th Annual Seminar
    “From Lawn to Meadowscape”
    Catherine Zimmerman presents a convincing argument to shrink lawn, reduce water usage, eliminate pesticides and bring back native habitat. Catherine will introduce you to meadowscaping and show you how to create a beautiful, thriving, low cost, low maintenance meadow habitat. Book signing to follow.
    The Paramount Theater
    215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA
    http://www.piedmontlandscape.org/seminar.html
  • January 5 2012 10:30am-11:30am
    Montgomery County Master Gardeners
    “The Meadow Project”
    Catherine will talk to master gardeners about native plants, meadowscaping and her meadow project.
    Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Heritage Building, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD.
    http://mcmg.umd.edu/ForMasterGardeners/index.cfm
  • November 8 7-8pm
    American University Center for Environmental Filmmaking
    Fall Film Series
    “Walking the Talk,Environmental Film Maker Takes Her Subject Seriously”
    Catherine talks about her evolution as a filmmaker and citizen activist. Catherine will show video clips and talk about programs she is currently filming.
    American University
    Wechsler Theater
    Washington, DC
  • November 5
    2011 SALT Conference (Smaller American Lawns Today)
    “Meadowscaping in Urban and Suburban Spaces”
    Catherine will introduce meadowscaping as a lawn alternative to SALT attendees. No space is too small! Catherine will give a step-by-step primer on reducing lawn and organically installing a beautiful meadowscape in your own yard. Join Catherine and join in the movement toward making natural landscapes the new landscaping norm!
    Connecticut College Arboretum
    270 Mohegan Avenue
    New London, CT 06320
    http://www.conncoll.edu/green/arbo/8597.htm
  • September 17 2:30pm-4pm
    “From Lawn to Meadowscape”
    Book signing to follow Q & A
    Raisin Rack Natural Food Market
    2545 Schrock Rd. Westerville, OH 43081
    614-882-5886
  • July 23
    NPR “You Bet Your Garden” with Mike McGrath
    Mike chats with Catherine about making meadows. YBYG is a syndicated show and airs at different times around the country. You can always listen by going to:
    /http://www.whyy.org/91FM/ybyg/
  • June 1-4
    2011 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference
    “Meadowscaping; A Recipe for Restoring Native Habitat”
    Down with lawns? No, up with native habitats! Catherine will introduce you to meadowscaping and show you how to create a beautiful, thriving, low cost, low maintenance meadow.
    Millersville University, Millersville, PA
    /http://www.millersvillenativeplants.org
  • May 20
    Columbus Jewish Day School
    Catherine Zimmerman returns to Columbus to help K-6th grade students plant the meadow they designed when Catherine conducted workshops with them in April. In preparation for the workshops, students researched their own watershed, studied native plants and birds and did a soil test for their own meadow planting. During Catherine’s visit, students discussed the importance of planting native plants for our native insects and birds and began designing the meadow planting.
    http://www.cjds.org
  • May 19 7:30-9:30pm
    Audubon Naturalist Society
    “Meadowscaping for Birds” Catherine shares her book Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces and the steps for establishing and maintaining a meadow habitat for birds and wildlife. Book sale and signing to follow.
    Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road
    Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815 301-652-9188
    http://www.anshome.org/default.asp?page=573
  • April 5
    Columbus Jewish Day School
    Catherine Zimmerman visited all day and held workshops on making meadows with K-6th grade students. In preparation for the workshops, students researched their own watershed, studied native plants and birds and did a soil test for their own meadow planting. During the visit, students discussed the importance of planting native plants for our native insects and birds and began designing the meadow planting. Catherine will return to the school in May to help students plant the native meadow right outside their classroom windows!
    http://www.cjds.org
  • April 2 9:00am-12pm
    Dyck Arboretum Conservation, Education and Inspiration Series
    Join Catherine Zimmerman at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains for a discussion of meadowscaping as a lawn alternative. Catherine’s book, “Urban & Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces”, addresses the problems caused by the extensive planting of non-native grass lawns and their reliance on high-energy inputs and chemical usage across America. She will discuss the challenges of designing, establishing, and maintaining your meadow or prairie. Book signing with Catherine follows program.
    177 West Hickory Street, Hesston, KS 67062-8103
    (620) 327-8127
    http://www.dyckarboretum.org
  • March 17 7:00pm
    Washington DC Environmental Film Festival: “America’s Sustainable Garden: United States Botanic Garden” ( World Premiere)
    Come screen Catherine’s latest environmental video collaboration. Catherine worked as director of photography with video director Joan D. Murray, producers Sandy Cannon-Brown and Andrea Bloom, sound tech Rick Patterson and editor Olivia Yeo.
    -The United States Botanic Garden, at the foot of the U.S. Capitol, is a living plant museum that helps people understand that plants are not optional, but are fundamental to our society and our existence. Amidst all the beauty in this film is the overriding, critical message of sustainability.
    Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave., NW. Washington, DC 20008
    http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/films/show/730
  • February 17 7:30-8:30pm
    Landscape Designers Group
    “The Meadow Project” Catherine will be talking to Washington area landscape designers about creating meadow gardens and using native plants in landscape designs.
    6301 River Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817-5888
  • February 13 1:30-3pm
    Green Spring Garden Winter Lecture Series
    “Creating Garden Habitats, Big and Small” Wildlife habitats are lost to urban development at an alarming rate. Sustainable landscaper, Catherine Zimmerman, shows how you can help solve this problem by creating beautiful and sustainable habitats in your own garden. The talk will focus on eliminating pesticides in our landscapes and reducing lawn in favor of native habitat. Catherine discusses the steps for establishing and maintaining a meadow habitat as a lawn alternative. Book sale and signing to follow.
    Green Spring Horticultural Center auditorium, 4603 Green Spring Road Alexandria, VA 22312-1428 – (703) 642-5173
    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/ed-adult.htm
  • January 14
    New Directions in the American Landscape Annual Conference
    Haverford College, Haverford,PA
    http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/events.shtml
  • January 21
    New Directions in the American Landscape Annual Conference Connecticut College Arboretum, Connecticut College, New London, CT
    /http://arboretum.conncoll.edu
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    Native Meadows: Reviewing the State of the Art
    Catherine Zimmerman will be a speaker at the NDAL Conferences held at Haverford College (Jan. 14) and Connecticut College (Jan. 21) Catherine will illustrate methods of native meadow establishment as discussed and documented in her Urban & Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big & Small Spaces (2010). Having interviewed and observed leading practitioners of meadow establishment, Zimmerman will also share valuable lessons gleaned from their trial and error and years spent observing designed and naturally occurring meadow ecosystems.
    Catherine will be available to sign book at both events.