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Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Form and Function: An Ecological Approach to Stormwater Using Native Plants

with Chad Washburn, Vice President of Conservation, Naples Botanical Garden

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST

Location: Zoom webinar

Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee


Native plants have long played an important role in creating landscapes that are both beautiful and functional. We tend to think of their use in the upland spaces in our communities; however, their ecological role in cleaning stormwater and creating aquatic habitats should not be overlooked. Naples Botanical Garden incorporates native plantings into stormwater design across the site, from the Garden’s entry drive and parking areas to the connected natural marsh adjacent to the Garden. These stormwater areas have become a destination for members of the community who want to learn more and work to address our region’s issues with algal blooms. This program will share the benefits of incorporating native plants into your stormwater system, concepts of using plants to improve water quality, and provide some examples of plants you can include in your own pond edges, swales and other stormwater areas.




Registration open through 9/23/2021 11:50 AM

About the Speaker

Chad Washburn is the Vice President of Conservation at Naples Botanical Garden and is responsible for development of the Garden’s plant conservation strategy and implementation of the program.  He leads the Conservation and Natural Resources team, focusing on projects that ensure the long-term survival of the flora and ecosystems of South Florida and the Caribbean region and acts as the Secretariat for the Caribbean and Central American Botanic Garden Network through Botanic Gardens Conservation International.  Projects he has collaborated on at the Garden include landscape-scale restoration of a salt marsh, improving the urban forest, using native plantings to improve stormwater system efficiency, multiple international collaborations to conserve plants, assessment of regional flora for the IUCN Red-List, and building a significant conservation collection of plants of known provenance at the Garden.  He is a graduate of Leadership Collier, a Chanticleer Scholar, and recently received American Public Gardens Association’s Professional Citation. 

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This Virtual Lunchbox Talk will be offered via Zoom Webinar. Information for accessing the event will be distributed the week of the talk.