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Learn on Saturdays: When is a weed not a weed?

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directions 909 Robert D Ray Dr., Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Date Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:30am - 12:30pm
Duration   1h

11:30 a.m. Ed Lyon, Reiman Gardens— When Is a Weed Not a Weed?
According to Merriam-Webster, a “weed” is simply “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth”. Or the scientist’s definition: “A weed is simply a plant out of place”. Dandelions and clover attract a myriad of pollinators, while garlic mustard spreads rapidly and threatens local biodiversity. What causes a “weed” to earn the notoriety of invasive? Are ornamental species ecologically harmful just because they are non-native? Are native species always the best for biodiversity? Join Director Ed Lyon for an in-depth discussion of perceived “weeds” and their attributes to the ecosystem and possibly home landscape.
Event Hosted by the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

About Learn on Saturdays
Don’t let the cold get you down. Join us on Saturday mornings January through March for weekly educational lectures on a range of topics from lichens to bees to bananas. Each week includes two hour-long sessions. Cost of admission includes both lectures.

Price per Saturday (no preregistration): Members $6, Nonmembers $12
6-Week Punch Card: Members $30, Nonmembers $60
Season pass for all 12 weeks: Members $50, Nonmembers $100

Click here to register for this event and to learn more about the learn on Saturdays series

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