Native Plant Symposium at the Procter Center

Staff report

The Procter Center will host a Native Plant Symposium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

The cost is $20 and will include coffee, snacks and lunch.

The keynote speaker will be Doug Tallamy who is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 89 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 36 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. “The Living Landscape,” co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014.

Tallamy is also a regular columnist for garden Design magazine. He is a Lifetime Honorary Director of Wild Ones and has won the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation, the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence, and the 2018 AHS 2018 B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

“If you have not heard Doug speak, you are in for a real treat. You will be compelled to plant native plants in your yard once you hear from Doug,” said Amy Boyd, Director of the Procter Center.

Other speakers will include Marci Linginger who coordinates the Ohio Pollinator Initiative through ODOT. She will have a packet of information, seeds and a hands on activity for the participants. Julia Cummings from Madison County Soil and Water will be on hand with native plant plugs for sale and information on how agricultural land can be a benefit to pollinators by using the buffer zones between fields to plan native plants. Michael Goldman will be here from the Grange Insurance Audubon Center to share with us Audubon’s Plant for Birds data base and how to attract birds to your yard using native plants.

The symposium is made possible through a Creation Care Grant from the Episcopal Church awarded to the Procter Center and a collaboration grant awarded to Columbus Audubon to support the symposium.

The Procter Camp and Conference Center is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. The facility consists of 1,200 acres and a conference center, cottages and a working organic farm where vegetables for the dining hall are grown and also sold at local farmer’s markets. Each summer children from around Ohio come to camp in the peaceful rural farm land of Madison County. Camp is open to all children and families. Camperships are available for those in need.

Registrar for the symposium online at For more information contact Amy Boyd, Executive Director, Procter Center at 614-425-2892 or email

Staff report