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Plants That Create Oxygen
January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm$5.00
Adding plants to interior spaces increases oxygen levels and clean toxins from the air. Which ones are better than others? Explore the options with our Education Coordinator, Heather Wheatley, for an introduction to the wide selection of available houseplants with an overview of the health benefits. Learn about the symbiotic relationship we can have with our houseplants and be able to breathe life into your living space.
Heather Wheatley Bio: It was natural that Heather was born with a green fist…
Heather’s passion for fine horticulture began on her grandmother’s farm right here in Davidsonville at Bittersweet Hill Nurseries. She recounts a comment that Homestead Gardens’ founder Don Riddle made to her during an American Horticulture Society meeting – that no other life pursuit could have made as much sense as this. This was a profound moment between the two of them that Heather will never forgot.
Over the past two decades, Heather has been committed to both domestic and international education and applied training in the fields of Horticulture and Sustainable Agricultural Business practices with an emphasis on site-specific solution gardening.
She is delighted to bring all of that knowledge back to her hometown at Homestead Gardens. When asked the reason behind her passion for plants and knowledge seeking, Heather laughs “We are living in a botanical world and I am just a botanical girl”.
Heather’s education at the University of Maryland ignited her passion for protecting the treasure that is the Chesapeake Bay. She set her sights on mastering the concepts of Bay-wise planting to solve storm-water management issues using the thoughtful integration of natives, native cultivars, and hybrids. “I love natives, of course, but we hybridize and select because natives don’t solve every issue we have in the modern home garden”, explains Wheatley.
She has seen first-hand how well integration works in building functional plant communities on projects such as the High-Line in New York where Piet Oudolf created, among other things, a small animal habitat out of an elevated abandoned train line. Another example is Olympic Park in London where what was a brown field is now a sanctuary of lushness for the city!
Since sustainable horticultural practice is a newer concept in the US, Heather decided to study and work abroad. Her time studying at the École Supérieure d’Agriculture d’Angers in France further fueled her passion for building plant communities to support beneficial insects and pollinators with high functioning nectaries, riparian shoulders and shores that promote soil conservation, screen slopes with plants that need very little water and even food-scaping for people too!