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Environmental Lecture Series: Natural Landscaping

Catherine Zimmerman will present “Habitat Heroes: Making Natural Landscaping the New Landscaping Norm” as part of Lakeside’s Environmental Lecture Series. Join Zimmerman at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 in Orchestra Hall.

Before manicured lawns with chemicals, mowers and blowers, there were ecological meadows with butterflies, birds and bees.

Zimmerman looks at the growing movement to reduce over 48 million acres of thirsty, pesticide-ridden, energy-consuming lawns. Included are clips from her film, “Hometown Habitat,” which makes the connection that planting diverse native plants is at the core of reclaiming critical habitat for wildlife.

Zimmerman celebrates her 47th year as a documentary filmmaker, working primarily on environmental issues. She is also a certified horticulturist and landscape designer accredited in organic land care.
In writing the book and producing the video, Urban & Suburban Meadows, Zimmerman created a stunning and enticing introduction to meadowscaping that encourages readers to eliminate pesticides, reduce lawns and return their land to a beautiful, natural habitat for native plants and wildlife.
Her latest film release, “Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” a collaboration with Dr. Douglas Tallamy, explores how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Included are inspiring stories of habitat heroes across the country who are working to bring back nature in their hometowns.
Zimmerman hopes that these projects will help fire up the movement toward making natural landscapes the new landscaping norm.


Jul 30, 2024


1:30 pm




Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Hall
122 West 2nd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA


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