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Dallas Chapter

NPSOT Dallas April 15th, 2024 meeting with Janet D. Smith: The Right Plant in the Right Place

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If something is not eating your plants, then your garden is not part of the ecosystem.Janet D. SmithJanet D. Smith will present: The Right Plant in the Right Place
It’s not just the placement of plants in your yard, but in the world that will sustain life as we know it.  Plants that feed the local insects are the base of the food web and give us a planet we can live on.  Learn how to think globally and act locally to create a home-grown national park of yards with plants that sustain all aspects of life.  This is based on the work and books Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope, by Dr. Douglas Tallamy.

Our speaker, Janet D. Smith is a recovering plantaholic who considers the Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and native plant training as her 12-step program. She specializes in creating attractive landscapes that conserve natural resources and money; are good for the local ecology; and attract bees, butterflies, and birds. She loves helping others discover the thrill of having their own nature channel out their windows.

GARDENING HISTORY: Janet’s love of gardening didn’t start until after she took early retirement and decided to spruce up her dismal landscape. The next year she took the Master Gardening training and learned how to actually grow and care for plants. She embraced the concept of WaterWise Earth-Kind Gardening in her landscape and as a speaker. A few years later she became a Master Naturalist and joined the Native Plant Society of Texas where she coordinated their very active Native Landscape Certification Program for many years.

SPEAKING TOPICS:
Sex in the Garden (Pollination)        Landscaping for the 21 st Century        All About Monarchs
Butterfly Gardening                          Inviting Nature Home                            Pollinator Gardening
Natives: Plants that Multi-Task        To Bee or Not to Bee                             Backyard Birding
Fun Facts about Hummingbirds     The Right Plant in the Right Place
Perennials for Year-Round Blooms

CERTIFICATIONS:
TEXAS MASTER GARDENER, Dallas County 2005
White Rock Demonstration Gardens, DCMG – Project Coordinator, 2006-now
National Earth-Kind Certification 2007
Rainwater Harvesting Certification02008
North Texas Master Naturalist, 2011
Native Plant Society of Texas, Level 4 Certification, 2021

RECOGNITION & AWARDS for volunteer work:
Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama
Over 6000 hours of Master Gardener service
Dallas County Master Gardener Speaker of the Year, 2008 and 2023
Texas Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year, 2010
Over 1500 hours of Master Naturalist service

EDUCATION:
BA in Russian and Spanish, University of Arizona
Happily retired from a long career in information technology