The View from Phlox Mountain
Phlox is a genus of 60 species that includes many of America’s most beloved wildflowers, and has yielded plants that are cultivated by gardeners around the world. Jim Locklear spent a decade researching and writing a book on this important group of plants that was published by Timber Press in 2011. His illustrated presentation will explore the ecology of phlox species in the wild and the history of their use in the garden. Jim is director of conservation at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, and he will also briefly describe the garden’s efforts to conserve endangered plants in the Great Plains. He has worked in the field of public horticulture for nearly 30 years, previously at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Kansas, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, and the Morton Arboretum in Illinois.
Sponsored by the Iowa Native Plant Society.