Plant for Nature! to feature author, free native plants

Date(s) - Saturday, Jun 04, 2022
10:00 am-3:00 pm

WNY Welcome Center


Nancy Lawson, author, habitat consultant and national speaker on garden ecology, will present at Plant for Nature! to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the WNY Welcome Center, 1999 Alvin Rd., Grand Island.

Lawson is author of The Humane Gardener, which illustrates simple principles for attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures who share our world.

This free event will give away native plants for attendees. There will be tables with representatives of local and regional environmental organizations.

The purpose of the event is to spread the word on how healthy ecosystems promote healthy communities, to enlist citizens to contribute to environmental action, and to provide plants and information so that participants can get started in transforming their own yards to promote biodiversity and ecological balance.

The event will emphasize:
• Education on how healthy ecosystems promote healthy communities
• Ecological gardening to enhance and create habitats and environments for insects, birds, wildlife
• Native plants and their importance for biodiversity
• Gardening practices and techniques that contribute to healthy soils and environment
• Learning about compassionate coexistence with wildlife

Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment, a non-profit based on Grand Island, received a Tonawanda Community Environmental Benefits Fund grant for this Plant for Nature! event. This fund was established to address public health and wellness as part of the Tonawanda Coke settlement, with particular emphasis on the surrounding communities of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda/Wheatfield, North Buffalo including the Riverside and Blackrock neighborhoods, Kenmore and Grand Island.

You can reach Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment’s founders, Nicole Gerber and Dave Reilly, with questions at (716) 774-8571 or