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Outstanding Asters & Glorious Goldenrods – LUNCH & LEARN

September 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

$28 – $45

Join us for a nature-inspired presentation by Irvine’s Master Gardener, Clare Walker, PhD, plus enjoy a delicious catered lunch from ACE Catering and themed mocktails. This program is part of Irvine’s 3-part Lunch & Learn series. 

In the fall, Irvine’s meadows glow with the colors of goldenrods and asters, while a wide diversity of pollinators buzz as they visit.  It is a sight and sound not to be missed! Join us for a talk by plant and pollinator expert Dr. Clare Walker and discover the vital ecological role of the aster family –including the glorious goldenrod. Learn about the many creatures that depend upon these plants: migratory monarchs, bumblebees, overwintering birds, gall flies, and goldenrod spiders with their marvelous camouflage, to name a few. These late-season wildflowers are often thought of as badly behaved and too tall for a neat flower garden. However, with over 60 species of goldenrod and asters in Maryland, we will meet short varieties that can thrive in sun or shade – and not take over your garden.

Following lunch and presentation, enjoy a guided walk to see these glories up close. Observe asters and goldenrods growing in full sun near the nature center, and shade varieties in Irvine’s Woodland Garden. There will be an optional longer walk to the overlook, from where you can see Irvine’s Pollinator Meadow. Tickets include a seasonally catered lunch and themed mocktail for your enjoyment. 

Presenter: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist
Tuesday, September 19th
12:00 – 2:00PM
Cost*: $35/members; $45/non-members

*Discount for Pacesetter members and above. Additional discount available if purchasing 3-event series.

Tickets required – REGISTER TODAY!


September 19, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$28 – $45
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