Living Landscapes: An Evening with Doug Tallamy

The Untapped Potential of Home and Public Gardens

Doug Tallamy


Douglas Tallamy, PhD, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, drew on his own extensive research and first-hand experience transforming his 10-acre property in southeastern Pennsylvania for his influential first book, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (2007). In it, he challenged gardeners to help offset the ongoing loss of natural habitat by tapping into the enormous potential of our human landscapes to support life. The book won a Silver Medal from the Garden Writers Association.

In 2014, Tallamy collaborated with co-author Rick Darke on The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Borrowing ideas from richly layered natural landscapes, the book details how to create orderly, beautiful and multi-functional private gardens and public green spaces.

With 36 years as an educator, Tallamy has authored over 80 research papers, often exploring the complex interactions between insects and plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. An avid gardener, naturalist and talented photographer, Tallamy has earned a reputation as an entertaining and inspiring speaker.

Dr. Tallamy’s books will be available for purchase at the event:

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants (Updated and Expanded)
By Doug Tallamy. Paperback $20 (price includes NC sales tax)

The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden
By Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy. Hardcover $40.00 (price includes NC sales tax)

Living Landscapes
is presented by





Our human landscapes can satisfy

our own needs for beauty and function

while also supporting wildlife.




Living Landscapes: An Evening with Doug TallamyThursday, November 2, 20177:00 pm - 9:00 pmJames A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium(900 Old Salem Road)

This event is sold-out.

Presenting Sponsors
Robert and Cama Merritt

Your garden can do more than look good…

Learn to design and cultivate a more natural environment in your yard, garden and community from popular author and speaker Dr. Doug Tallamy.

Use native plants to support birds, bees and butterflies, and the habitat you create will also provide an attractive and healthy place for you and your family to enjoy. These living landscapes — small and large — are an important haven where plants, animals, and humans live in harmony.

Dr. Tallamy’s illustrated lecture will inspire and empower you!

~ reception and book signing follow lecture ~

Foods of native plants will be featured by The Porch.

Unable to attend, but wish to make a contribution to future programming such as this?
Please consider a gift (of any amount) to the Old Salem Annual Fund to support programming and education efforts at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Gifts can be made online securely here.

Continuing Education Credits available:
NC Board of Landscape Architects, 2 credit hours
NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board, 1.5 credit hours (CE736)

Pollinators on milkweed,
photograph by Dennis Burnette


The native landscape of the Piedmont has changed dramatically in the past 250 years as wild places have given way to cities, subdivisions, and industrial farms  — all connected by a vast network of highways, streets, and roads. Dr. Tallamy will provide practical strategies for creating attractive, multi-functional landscapes that help compensate for the loss of natural habitat.

Schweinitz’s sunflower
by NC Native Plant Society


Natural heritage was well documented by the Moravians who founded the Winston-Salem community as “Wachovia” in the 1750s. Their planning ethic included understanding the natural environment. An early inventory of flora & fauna recorded and described a rich, diverse place, including dozens of woody and herbaceous plants, insects, birds, and other animals. Moravian botanical inquiry continued with important florals recorded in the 18th and 19th centuries.