- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - Homeowners, gardeners and nature lovers can learn how native plants help humans thrive during the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum Lecture Series on March 15.

Doug Tallamy, a University of Delaware professor, will discuss the results of his 32 years of research on the relationship between plants and the health of local ecosystems.

Tallamy’s discussion will focus on the importance and benefits of native landscape plants to ecosystems and what happens when native plants are not used.

The session will be at the Margaret Reed Crosby Library in Picayune from 10-11:30 a.m.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Crosby Arboretum at 601-799-2311.

Admission is free for Crosby Arboretum members and $5 for non-members.

The Margaret Reed Crosby Library is at 900 Goodyear Blvd.

Tallamy teaches insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, humans and nature and other related courses. His research focuses on understanding how insects interact with plants and how those interactions create diverse ecosystems.

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