Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall
(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)
This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45 lecture.
Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild. Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter. An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.