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Wild Ideas for Wildflowers

Oct. 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

TLC and the NC Botanical Garden are bringing Wild Ideas online!

2020 is the NC Botanical Garden’s Year of the Wildflower, and while flowers may seem like the least wild part of this year, we’re asking you to join us to share the dirt and gather a fistful of Wild Ideas for Wildflowers!

Triangle Land Conservancy’s Wild Ideas series provides a dynamic, interactive venue for experts and community members to educate the public and share innovative ideas for addressing the four public benefits of conservation that drive our work: connecting people with nature, safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, and supporting local farms and food.

In 1983, an ambitious group of volunteers founded Triangle Land Conservancy to conserve land for tomorrow. 37 years later, TLC has protected nearly 21,000 acres in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange, and Wake Counties. We’ve opened 8 public nature preserves where people can connect with nature on their own by exploring over 44 miles of trails. Here is your chance to get up close with conservation and even tour TLC’s newest preserve, Williamson, and its signature pollinator garden, all from the comfort of your own home.

At Wild Ideas for Wildflowers 5 speakers will have 8 minutes and 20 slides to share what their passion: what makes a flower wild? Which ones thrive in the Triangle? Let’s talk about how to create landscapes that have cultural and ecological relevance in our backyards, nature preserves and beyond. Please join us for Wild Ideas for Wildflowers — a night to ground ourselves in the power of plants and see what takes root!

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Passionflower illustration by Lauren Burnham.


Anupama Joshi (Emcee), Executive Director of Blue Sky Funders Forum

Anupama Joshi is an accomplished leader in the non-profit and social sectors in the United States and abroad. She previously co-founded and was executive director of the National Farm to School Network, building a movement to incorporate local procurement, gardens and food and farm education in schools and early care sites across the United States. She is a firm believer in the power of networks and collaboration to enable lasting change, and has embodied that throughout her career. She is co-author of Food Justice (MIT Press, 2010), developed “Evaluation for Transformation” – a pioneering cross-sectoral framework for farm to school research and evaluation, and regularly speaks at national and international events. Anupama currently serves on the board of directors for the Farmers Market Coalition and provides mentorship to emerging leaders through the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program. She is a mom, loves to travel, and cook, and currently lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Alan Weakley, Director of the UNC Herbarium and Co-author of Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast

Alan Weakley is plant systematist, plant community ecologist, biogeographer, and conservation biologist focused on the species and systems of the Southeastern United States. He has been the director of the UNC Herbarium, a department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden since 2002, and he is the co-author of Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast, a comprehensive wildflower guide with descriptions and photos of more than 1,200 species. He has a Ph.D. from Duke University and a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill. Alan has also worked as a botanist and ecologist for the NC Natural Heritage Program, The Nature Conservancy, and NatureServe. At Wild Ideas for Wildflowers, he will be talking about engaging with the natural world around you, learning about the diversity of plants and habitats, and making citizen science observations.

Kofi Boone, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at NC State University’s College of Design

Kofi Boone is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at NC State University’s College of Design. His research focuses on the changing nature of communities and on developing tools for community engagement and design. He works in the landscape context of environmental justice, and his research includes use of new media as a means of increasing community input in design and planning processes, by using tools that include video, digital maps, and digital surveys and websites. He received both his bachelor of science in natural resources and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Basil Camu, Chief Vision Officer at Leaf & Limb

Basil Camu loves trees. And soil, wildflowers, insects, bats, fungi, ecosystems – basically all of Earth. He is fully committed to caring for this beautiful planet. He is a Treecologist, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, and co-owner of Leaf & Limb by day. Then he is a gardening/planting/ecosystem restoration addict by weekend. One of Basil’s favorite pastimes is hanging out with his wife and sons (at arboretums, gardens, forests, and nature preserves of course!). He also enjoys staying physically active with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, powerlifting, CrossFit, hiking, and long-distance running. After family, plants, and physical exertion, Basil’s next favorite things in life are reading, garlic, traveling the world, blazing hot peppers, pickles, and anything from Lucette Grace in downtown Raleigh, in approximately that order.

Matt Rutledge, TLC’s Associate Director of Stewardship

Matt Rutledge joined TLC in 2013 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Stewardship. Prior to TLC, he earned master’s degrees in Environmental Management and Forestry Management from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary. Matt believes strongly in local conservation and especially enjoys TLC’s work in habitat restoration. He lives in Chapel Hill and enjoys hiking, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with family. Matt will be discussing the importance of native plants and pollinator habitat in healthy ecological systems and landscapes.

Elena Peterman, TLC AmeriCorps Member

Elena Peterman is an AmeriCorps member with the Triangle Land Conservancy, focusing her efforts on community engagement at the Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve in Eastern Wake County. Prior to joining TLC, Elena did research on climate policy, studied community forestry in southern Mexico, and organized around environmental justice in Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Elena will be presenting on pollinator gardens, highlighting their importance in protecting and providing habitats for essential pollinators, and giving a tour of TLC’s very own pollinator garden at the Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve.

Order from Soul Cocina

Although we can’t be together in person, we can still share a meal at Wild Ideas for Wildflowers! Popular plant-based and Latin inspired local chef Silvana Rangel-Duque of Soul Cocina is providing a special order menu for Wild Ideas. Order your own delicious vegan and gluten-free items such as tamales, plantains, yuca pie, and more ahead of the event! Pickup is available at three convenient locations in Raleigh, Durham, and Carrboro on Tuesday, Oct. 27, or Wednesday, Oct. 28, before you settle in for an evening of lively presentations on the beautiful wildflowers of the Triangle! We hope you’ll harness the resilient power of plants through this tasty meal option. Order by Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m.

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Past Events

Wild Ideas for Getting Outside, May 8th, 2019

Wild Ideas for Tomorrow, Today, December 5th, 2018

Wild Ideas for Clean Creeks, March 20th, 2018

Wild Ideas for Walnut Hill, November 14th, 2017

Wild Ideas for Clean Water, June 27th, 2017

Wild Ideas for Getting Outside, March 7th, 2017

Wild Ideas for Farms and Food, October 11, 2016.

Wild Ideas for Birds and Bees, June 22nd, 2016.

Wild Ideas for Getting Outside, March 9th, 2016

Wild Ideas for Clean Water, October 27, 2015

Wild Ideas for Getting Outside, March 3rd, 2015

Wild Ideas for Feeding the Triangle, October 22nd, 2016

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