Speaker Series: The Importance of Native Plants in Urban Landscapes
Cities are dynamic places where we’re drawn to live for many reasons. But cities also make the planet less sustainable. Urban areas have a lower diversity of plants and animals, fragmented habitats, higher water run-off and pollution, and more depleted soils than natural areas. How can people help make the urban ecosystems we are a part of healthier? This talk describes how planting and conserving native plants within our city is one key step that can help stem these urban effects, and make Atlanta more sustainable and connected to nature.
Dr. Edwards holds a PhD in geography from the University of Georgia and is the lead author of *The Natural Communities of Georgia*. She recently retired from the faculty of the Georgia State University Geosciences Department, where she taught urban ecology and natural ecosystems. She has spoken and taught extensively about native plants and ecosystems, and has served as president of the Georgia Botanical Society, education director of the Native Plant Society, and on the Trees Atlanta education advisory board.