Native Plants for the Urban Garden
Special event talk given Saturday, September 14
by Shirley Mah Kooyman
Award-winning educator, botanist, and plant information specialist
You, too, can join the native plant wave sweeping into urban gardens. Learn simple strategies—no matter what kind of gardening you do—to increase your garden’s Native Curb Appeal. Save time and money while creating the opportunity to observe and enjoy amazing urban wildlife right outside your window—all year ’round.
Shirley Mah Kooyman is a botanist with a specialty in plant taxonomy (plant names and identification). She is an award-winning teacher, plant information specialist, and Vice-President of the Minnesota Native Plant Society as well as Vice-President of The Wild Ones—Twin Cities Chapter.
In February 2009 she received the Bruce Beresford Horticulture Educators Award from the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. She worked at the Arboretum for 25 years and was the Adult Education Manager there for two decades.
She has lectured on numerous botanical and horticultural topics for the University of Minnesota‟s Compleat Scholar program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Master Gardener programs, local community education program, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. She has traveled widely around the world to study the area’s local flora and garden designs.