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The Northeast Native Plant Primer with Uli Lorimer, Director of the Native Plant Trust

May 27, 2022 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Native Plant Trust and Horticulture Director Uli Lorimer are excited to announce his new book, The Northeast Native Plant Primer - 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden, published by Timber Press. This book is about the native plants of the Northeast, a region of spectacular diversity and varied habitats. his book provides a roadmap to including native plants in your garden, whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned professional. For those who care about the natural world, the decision to plant natives in the garden is one of the most impactful and important choices we can make. With so much under threat from a changing climate, invasive species, habitat loss and fragmentation, and declining numbers of birds and insects, planting natives in your garden shows that you are trying to make a difference. Native plants have the power to heal our landscapes, welcome wildlife into our gardens, and inspire us. Enter into a new partnership, as your garden provides a bridge between us and the wonders of the natural world.


Uli Lorimer oversees daily operations at both Garden in the Woods, Native Plant Trust’s botanic garden in Framingham, MA, and Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts, a nursery focused on propagation of and research about New England native plants. Uli, a native of Delaware, grew up with an interest in all things green and held positions at the US National Arboretum and Wave Hill before becoming curator of the Native Flora Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden between 2005 and 2019. During his tenure there, Uli worked closely with botanists throughout the region to collect seed from the wild, propagated new plants for the collection, and documented and studied the region’s biodiversity. Uli is a tireless advocate for the use of native plants in the designed landscape, advancing this narrative through public speaking, teaching, radio, podcast, social media, and print media. He has contributed as an author and photographer to several publications, including Tough Natives for Tough Places and A Native Plant Reader. He holds degrees from the University of Delaware in Landscape Horticulture, and Foreign Languages and Literature.

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