• Zoneworthy at the Des Moines Botanical Center

    Greetings from frigid Iowa!

    My heartfelt thanks to the 100 plus attendees of my lecture “ZoneWorthy: Underused Plants for Zones 4 & 5” at the Des Moines Botanical Center this morning.  It’s always great to start a new year of lecturing activities with an energized, inquisitive local crowd.  To check out the slate of upcoming lectures, click over to my calendar.  If I’m in your neighborhood, give me a shout!  I’ve got a few engagements to add to that calendar, but it’s up-to-date for the most part.

    For more information about my Zoneworthy concept checkout www.zoneworthy.com, a redirect to plant profiles from this blog.  In 2010, I plan to launch a standalone website that will serve as a conduit of information for people intrigued and engaged by the Zoneworthy concept.  Look for updates and changes!  Also feel free to download copies of my handouts and view my Powerpoint lecture on the Handouts and Downloads page.

9 Responsesso far.

  1. Christie Flickinger says:

    Thanks for speaking at the Botanical Center this morning. It was very informative (I’m checking out your “zoneworthy” site after this–you’ve given me some great ideas for additions to my garden this year.

  2. AK says:

    Great concept! I’ll keep an eye out. I’m in Zone 6, but if you can grow it I can grow it… *Love* Symphytum ‘Axminster Gold.’

  3. Margo Hutcheson says:

    Kelly-Your enthusiasm for plants is highly contagious. You mentioned that you will upload a list of nurseries that you use. Not sure if you meant that you will let us know where we can order some of the “Zone Worthy” plants that you mentioned in your presentation. Also, do you know if the Derca is deer resistant? I do not want to pour any more $$ into deer food when there are many resistant options. Thanks again.

  4. kdnblog says:

    Thanks Andrew……please, steal the phrase! The concept works anywhere. It’s about a new era of plantsmanship for everyday gardeners. Enough with pre-conceived notions of “nerd” plants vs. mass-market plants, or the idea that plants should just “survive” instead of “thrive”. Let’s ring in a new decade with solution-driven plants!

  5. kdnblog says:

    Hi Margo,

    Check out this link: http://kellydnorris.com/handouts-downloads/ for a list of nurseries. I didn’t specifically link each plant to a source (that’s coming in a future version of http://www.zoneworthy.com), but between those 10 or so, you should be able to find “most” everything. I’ve never seen deer browse Dirca in the wild, but that doesn’t mean they won’t of course. The wood is very leathery and tough, so not very conducive to herbivory. We’ve got many trials on campus and I’ve never seen a problem in those either. Best wishes!

  6. Penni Cooley says:

    Hi Kelly,

    The BC talk was great, thanks to you I have some much needed native plant ideas for some finicky spots in my yard. Can’t wait to start planting this year!

    I’m a member of the Wells Fargo Green Team and for Arbor Day we would like to give away tree seedlings. We have a list of trees to choose from and I wondered if you would mind taking a look and suggesting a few of the best options? These will probably be planted in most people’s yards so a tree that is suitable for urban spaces as well as being the best ecological choice would be wonderful. I have a passion for using natives and enhancing local ecology – I would love to know which trees best satisfy these criteria as that is what I will recommend we buy for our Arbor Day give-away. Thanks very much, any info is appreciated!

    Hope you have a great day, Kelly! Thanks again, Penni

  7. Penni Cooley says:

    Duh, bet the list would help, huh? LOL

    Sorry for the snafu, the address is below.


  8. kdnblog says:

    Hi Penni!

    Glad you enjoyed the talk at the BC. I’ve looked over the list (I assume it’s the list on the side of the page?)

    Yellow birch is a fabulous tree.
    Red maple is a good urban tree choice.
    White pine would be a good conifer choice.

    Hope this helps!

  9. Penni Cooley says:

    Hey Kelly,

    Yep, its the list on the left side. Thanks alot for your input, its much appreciated! Out of these three is any one of them better than the others for providing food or being a host plant for the birds and the bees? If not, I’ll go with the yellow birch. Thanks again for sharing your expertise, Kelly. : )

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