Botanic gardens to host native plant lecture Sept. 26

Claudia West, planting designer and ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, will discuss “Wild and Neat: Native Plants that Bridge the Gap between Horticulture and Ecology” on Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Frankford Public Library.

The lecture aims to debunk the myth that natives plants are weedy and messy and explore the aesthetic value of native plants in modern-day landscape situations, focusing on a range of landscape styles and functional plantings created with native flora. Participants will explore how native species grow in the wild and translate that knowledge into design principles for their landscape.

The attendance fee is $15, but DBG members attend free of charge.

West is the planting designer and ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, Pa. She holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and regional planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

In her current role, West concentrates on ecological design and restoration, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to adaptive management strategies after project completion. Her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to bring American native plants back into the landscape by making them widely acceptable.

She is a sought-after speaker on topics such as plant community-based design and the application of natural color theories to planting design. Together with co-author Thomas Rainer, she will publish a new approach to ecological planting design in her first book “Planting in a Post-Wild World” (Timber Press) this fall.

The Sept. 26 presentation is one of a series sponsored by the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, whose mission is to create an inspirational, educational and sustainable public coastal-plain botanic garden in southern Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. For more information, visit the website at