Nature’s Best Hope with Dr. Douglas Tallamy

We regret to inform you that Dr. Douglas Tallamy has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to travel to Middleburg on Wednesday, May 25, for the program Nature’s Best Hope with Dr. Douglas Tallamy. All of us at the NSLM send Dr. Tallamy our best wishes for a healthy and speedy recovery.  

As a result of this development, we have decided to postpone Nature’s Best Hope with Dr. Douglas Tallamy to Wednesday, July 27 at 6:00pm. While we know that many of you may be disappointed that the program will not be taking place this week, we look forward to welcoming Dr. Tallamy in July and hope that you will be able to join us then!  

We will automatically transfer your ticket for the program, however, if you would like your ticket to be refunded or would prefer to attend the July talk virtually, please email 


A global decline in insects and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reminder about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. So, what can we do? Dr. Tallamy will discuss how to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them through the addition of native plant communities that sustain food webs, sequester carbon, maintain diverse native bee communities, and manage our watersheds.  

Whether you have expansive landscapes or a small yard, if we do this in half the areas that lawn, we can create a 20 million acre network of viable habitats. Along with his books, Nature's Best Hope and The Nature of Oaks, Dr. Tallamy will discuss his approach to conservation that empowers everyone to play a significant role in the future of the natural world. Dr. Tallamy will lead a walk of the NSLM campus grounds after his talk to discuss ways that our own space could be altered to enhance the local ecosystem.  

Free for NSLM Members / $10 for non-members


In-person tickets are sold out! If you wish to attend virtually, please email Emily Reeb at to receive a Zoom link for the program.


About the speaker

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014; Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book The Nature of Oaks was released by Timber press in March 2021.  His awards include recognition from The Garden Writer’s Association, Audubon, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.   


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