Annual Speaker Event

Unity Gardens Annual Spring Lecture 2022 
Presented by Bay Point Wealth
Speaker: Shari Wilson
Topic: Plant This, Not That! 50 plant swaps that will bring more birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022
Location: Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park, MD


Any yard can be a mecca for songbirds, pollinators, and beneficial insects if you make the right plant choices. But let’s face it, if you’ve already got an existing landscape, it’s hard to know where to start. Our presenter, Shari Wilson, writes a weekly blog showcasing beautiful native landscapes and advising gardeners on common native plant swaps for boxwoods, crape myrtles, liriope and other standbys that many of us inherited with our house– or perhaps planted ourselves before we knew the vast benefits of native plants. You’ll also learn different strategies for making the switch to natives, from baby steps to going all in. Whether you’ve got a postage stamp or a sprawling property, everyone will go away with a list of must-have plants to add to their spring shopping list.

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Additionally, there are a range of Sponsor Opportunities to fit any company or organization’s budget.

About Shari Wilson Shari Wilson is a consultant in the environmental and public health field and an avid self-taught native plant gardener. Shari has worked for Baltimore City, Maryland and the US EPA.  As Maryland’s Secretary of Environment from 2007 to 2010, she met people across Maryland who enthusiastically want to take tangible action to improve our environment. This prompted Shari to create “Nuts for Natives,” a blog and a practical resource for gardeners who want to garden for the Chesapeake!

About the Speaker Series: Prior to a year of Covid restrictions, Unity Gardens hosted an annual fundraising lecture featuring renowned authors and environmental professionals.  These exciting lectures have been hosted at Anne Arundel Community College, The Key School, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, and at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Visit the links below to see an overview of these recent events, and be sure to like our Facebook page or Instagram page to receive first notice of upcoming events and opportunities!  We are always in need of sponsors, partners and donations to support these events (and community grants), so please visit our Get Involved page to learn more, and visit Great Businesses locally who have supported Unity Gardens!

Continuing a Tradition Each year, Unity Gardens looks forward to educating the community and raising funds for our grant program. Here are our past presenters:

2021- No lecture due to Covid. Instead we hosted a virtual fundraiser, Bringing Natives Home. 

2020 – Barbara Ellis – “Greener Gardens, One Step at a Time”

2019 – Dan Benarcik – Innovative Horticulturist at Chanticleer Gardens “Design Tips of the Pros”

2018 – Michael Judd,  Landscape Designer and Designer Author of  “Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist”

2017 – Travis Beck, Director of Horticulture Mount Cuba Native Plant Center: “Design with Native Plants”

2016 – Stephanie Cohen, “The Perennial Diva”:  “The Non-Stop Garden”

2015 – William Cullina, Director of Horticulture Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: “Botany of Design”

2014 – Rick Darke , Botanist & Author: “Balancing Natives & Exotics in the Garden”

2013 – Doug Tallamy, Professor & Author: “Networks for Life: Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together”

2012 – Tracy DiSabato-Aust, Designer & Author: “Native Plants Design & Maintenance”