Sugar, Sex, and Poison: Understanding the Vital Powers of Plants

Sugar, Sex, and Poison: Understanding the Vital Powers of Plants

A free lecture by William Cullina on Mar 6 at 7:00pm, presented by Grow Native Massachusetts at the Cambridge Public Library.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2019 Evenings with Experts lecture series!

Join us for this talk with William Cullina, the Executive Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Are we humans masters of our world, or are plants really the ones in charge? What they lack in locomotion, they compensate for in structure and chemistry. Celebrated author and botanist Bill Cullina will explain why plant life is at the center of a carefully balanced natural economy that is critical to the functioning of our ecosystems. Through photosynthesis, plants produce the energy that powers the food chain. And although eaten by others, they are far from helpless prey, having evolved a dizzying arsenal of poisons, spines, and other means of deterring herbivores. Plants are sophisticated in their production of pollen, nectar, fruits, and root exudates— to nourish animal partnerships, harnessing them for vital services such as pollination and seed dispersal. Join us for a fascinating dive into these complex ecological dynamics, and learn more about horticultural practices that capitalize on these relationships to create ecologically sound landscapes.

William Cullina is the author of many excellent books about native plants, including the well-known trio: Growing and Propagating Wildflowers; Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines; and Native Ferns, Moss & Grasses.

Thank you to our community partners— the Cambridge Public Library, Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects— for their support of this series.

Continuing education credits will be available.

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