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Week Five: Monarch Moments

"The Ethics of Gardening" 
Speaker/Guide: Sharon Metcalf
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds don’t much care if your daylilies are orange or cream; there’s an ethics to gardening,” according to Sharon Metcalf, an educator at American University, “and planting something just because it’s pretty can be selfish.” Learn how to create a safe haven for the pollinators in your corner of the world by planting an eco-garden that nurtures these all-important creatures.


Sharon Metcalf blends a strong background in communications with strategic partnerships in media and education. She gained journalistic insight from several perspectives, working in Washington DC for two network news bureaus – ABC World News and NBC News -- and The White House. Combining that with an interest in education, Sharon went on to become director of special projects at NCTA’s Education Foundation and director of professional development for Discovery Education. Along the way, she taught distance learning for educators at Johns Hopkins University; consulted for US Green Building Council to launch their education portal, Greenbuild365; and founded Big Sisters of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

To help gardeners choose the best flowers for their patch of earth, she launched a website with planting tips and a starter list of best plants. Create a safe haven for the pollinators in your corner of the world – PlantButterflies.Org 

Earlier Event: July 21
Week Four: Purple Martin Chat
Later Event: July 24
Week Five: Lake Walk