Emily is trained as an environmental educator and enjoys sharing her love of native plants with others.  She is available to talk for local garden clubs or other groups at meetings or conferences. To contact Emily for more details about a presentation and fees call the nursery at 518-632-5505 or email Emily(at)

Presentation Topics:

  • Gardening with Native Plants
  • Native Plants for Rain Gardens
  • Native Plants for Stormwater
  • Native Plants for Native Birds
  • Native Plants for Butterflies & Pollinators
  • Native Alternatives for Invasive Plants
  • have another idea?  let me know.

2018 Presentations:

  • Jan 28. Go Native: An Intro to Gardening with Native Plants. East Greenbush Community Library. East Greenbush. Capital Hudson Iris Society.
  • March 3. Plants with Purpose: Using Native Plants for Managing Stormwater. Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium. Ithaca, NY. click here for symposium schedule and registration info.
  • April 7. Go Native: An Introduction to Gardening with Native Plants. Seventh Annual Garden and Landscape Symposium. Fort Ticonderoga, NY. click here for symposium schedule and registration info.

Past Presentations:


  • January 26. Going Native in a ‘Stella D’Oro’ & ‘Little Princess’ World. CT Nursery and Landscape Association Winter Symposium. The Aqua Turf Club. Plantsville, CT.
  • March 3. Go Native: An Introduction to Gardening with Native Plants. VT Flower Show. Champlain Exposition Center, Essex Junction, VT
  • March 23. Native Plants for Adirondack Landscapes: from shorelines to mountain tops. Build a Greener Adirondacks Conference. The Wild Center. Tupper Lake, NY.
  • June 28. Native Alternatives to Invasives. Lake George Free Library. Lake George, NY.
  • October 19. Native Perennials for Pollinators: what the birds, bees & butterflies need! UConn Native Plants and Pollinators Conference.  Storrs, CT


  • March 18. Save the Monarchs. Gardening for Monarchs and other pollinators. Capital District Flower and Garden Show. Hudson Valley Community College.
  • March 19. Getting Growing: Essential Elements to Native Garden Projects.  Audubon Council of NYS. Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • April 12. Go Native: An Introduction to Gardening with Native Plants.  This talk is part of the SUNY-ADK Continuing Education Program.
  • April 21. April Showers Bring May Flowers: Native Plants for Rain Gardens. at the Lake George Association.
  • May 3.   Pollinator Pitstops: Native plants for butterflies and other pollinators. meeting of the Federated Garden Clubs of America – District IV. Lake George, NY.
  • May 31.  Pollinator Pitstops: Native Plants for butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.  Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.  Clifton Park, NY.
  • May 17. Native Shrubs.  with the Arlington Garden Club at the Shaftsbury Historical Society. Shaftsbury, VT.
  • June 6. Native Alternatives to Invasives. Noon. Saratoga Springs Library.  sponsored by the Heritage Garden Club.
  • October 25. Native Plants for Rain Gardens. National Garden Clubs Central Atlantic Region, Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Springs, NY.



  • May 10. Native Plants for Rain Gardens and Shoreline Buffers. Lake Bomoseen Association
  • July 16. Native Plants for the Adirondacks. Lake Placid Garden Club.


  • April 17. The Garden Club of Manchester. Native Plants for Native Birds.
  • April 19. Greenwich Library.  Go Native! Gardening with Native Plants.
  • May 9. Cambridge Farm and Garden Club. Gardening with Native Plants.


  • April 14. Gardening with Native Plants. Gardening Symposium at Fort Ticonderoga.  Click here for the symposium flyer from Fort Ticonderoga.
  • April 21. Gardening with Native Plants. Soroptimist International of the Adirondacks Spring Garden Workshop at Binleys Florist and Garden Center.
  • May 1. Gardening with Native Plants. Adirondack Mountain Garden Club.
  • May 3. Native Plants for Rain Gardens and Water Quality. Warrensburg Beautification Committee Annual Meeting.
  • June 20. Gardening with Native Plants. Chapman Museum.
  • July 17. Gardening with Native Plants. Essex County Garden Club.
  • August 2. Gardening with Native Plants.  Elizabethtown/Westport Garden Club.
  • Aug 14. Gardening with Native Plants. Old Forge Garden Club.
  • September 12. Native Plants for Rain Gardens. Sandy Hill Farm and Garden Club.

2011 & 2010

Native Plants for Backyard Birds
Gardening with native plants is a great way to provide food and shelter for birds in our own backyards. Learn the basics of gardening with native plants and which plants can attract a variety of birds throughout the seasons. in conjunction with the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society.  Spring Luncheon Meeting. May 2011. The Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls, NY. District IV Federated Garden Clubs of New York State.



Gardening with Native Plants

  • at the Ausable Club, August 2011
  • at the Greenwich Library, April 2011
  • for the Sandy Hill Chapter of Women’s National Farm and Garden, April 2011
  • at the CCE office for Washington County Master Gardeners, April 2011
  • at Crandall Library for the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society, June 2010
  • at Hartford Town Hall for the Hartford Senior Citizens, August 2010


Native Plants for Stormwater Management
at the  2011 Water Quality Symposium and the NYSCDEA Annual Training Session, The New York State Conservation District Employees’ Association, Auburn, NY March 2011