Duke Gardens Curator to Discuss Gardening and Climate Change During Visit

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 1, 2016 – With spring around the corner, it’s almost time for backyard gardeners to take up their spade and pruning shears. Just in time for the start of spring planting, High Point University will host a talk by Stefan Bloodworth on gardening and climate change. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on March 16 in Phillips 120. It is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Bloodworth, curator of the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, will discuss the challenges facing gardeners during this time of rapid climate change. A brief history of climate change issues will be followed by environmental impacts of global warming and how gardeners can adjust.

“It’s important to be aware of the effects of climate change on our local plant-life whether you’re keeping the botanical gardens and arboretums across an entire campus or caring for your own backyard,” says Jon Roethling, curator of grounds at HPU. “Stefan Bloodworth is an expert in strategies that gardeners can use to manage the changes in the environment, and we’re pleased to have him share his knowledge with our community.”

A native of Durham, Bloodworth has lived in Tanzania and Ecuador, where he studied tropical ecology and the effects of deforestation on plant and animal diversity. He has been a landscape designer specializing in the use of native plants since 1995. In 2002, he became curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Duke Gardens. Bloodworth has written and lectured extensively over the past 13 years on a variety of subjects associated with the appreciation and conservation of native plants and their habitats.

The event is organized by HPU’s Green Team, a group of faculty, staff and students who help coordinate sustainable practices on campus, such as filtered water stations, secured shredding, electronic recycling and the university’s annual Earth Day celebration.

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