The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy
Tuesday, July 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm Eastern Time
In The Nature of Oaks, Doug Tallamy pays homage to a giant of the plant kingdom—the mighty oak tree. Oaks sustain a crucial and complex web of wildlife above the ground but are just as impressive underground, producing enormous root systems that make them champions of carbon sequestration, soil stabilization, and watershed management.
Oak trees hold a special place in the hearts of Clevelanders. In 1946, Cleveland’s Sesquicentennial Commission led by Curator A. B. Williams with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, designated one hundred and fifty (150) trees as Moses Cleaveland Trees. These trees were thought to be part of the original forest in 1796 when Moses Cleaveland arrived at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and founded Cleveland. Almost half of the original Moses Cleaveland Trees were oak trees. An updated inventory of these trees was recently completed in preparation for the 225th anniversary of the founding of Cleveland.
Additionally, Cleveland’s Liberty Row Trees, commemorating Cleveland’s World War I soldiers lost during the war, are also oak trees.
We have partnered with local bookstore Loganberry Books to provide The Nature of Oaks with special bookplates for participants in this event. Please order your copy of Doug Tallamy’s The Nature of Oaks today!
Executive Director and Founder, Ann Cicarella
Now in its sixth year, the goal of the Cleveland Pollinator and Native Plant Symposium is to educate and inspire homeowners, garden clubs, landscape architects and designers, horticulturists, botanists, naturalists, educators, conservationists and anyone eager to learn about creating pollinator and wildlife habitats using native plants and trees to promote biodiversity and ecological resilience.
Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership (LEAP) – Native Plant Promotion Committee
Sustainable Cleveland – Forest City Working Group
About Douglas Tallamy
Douglas Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Department at the University of Delaware, where he has taught courses in insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, humans and nature and insect ecology. Chief among his many goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His 2008 book, Bringing Nature Home was awarded the Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. He co-authored The Living Landscape with Rick Darke in 2014. He has also published Nature’s Best Hope and The Nature of Oaks. He won the Garden Club of America Medal for Conservation, the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence and the American Horticulture Society Communication Award, and the Cynthia Wescott Scientific Writing Award.
Organizer: Renee Boronka, email@example.com, 216-533-8761