Also known as:  “Woodland Herbaceous Plants…How their ecology relates to behavior in your garden”
An overview of ecology and its horticultural application in woodland herbs & how these species behave in our gardens. She includes interesting native species that have great garden potential, but aren’t readily available in the market. She will focus primarily on native species, but since we share a similar flora and bio-geographical history with parts of Europe and Asia she will do some comparisons. Learn a little bit of her current research and how it relates to cultivation of plant species for the horticultural market.

Marlyse in a  forest understory community.

Marlyse in a forest understory community.

NPR features research that Marlyse participated in ….   How Many Trees are there in the World?…    3 Trillion and counting
Our Speaker, Marlyse was one of the team of 31 international scientists led by Thomas Crowther at Yale University who worked on this research study. The new research published in Nature


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will help improve our understanding of the role trees play in ecological and biogeochemical processes not just in the Amazon but across the globe. This knowledge could help inform management practices for the remaining forests. But perhaps its greatest impact will be the realisation that the emergence of civilisation has led to the net destruction of nearly three trillion of Earth’s trees. That could serve as a powerful perspective for comprehending the impacts humans have had on the natural world.

Marlyse Duguid immersed in her research.

Marlyse Duguid immersed in her research.

Marlyse Duguid is a horticulturist and plant ecologist. She received her B.S. in horticulture from the University of Connecticut and worked as a professional horticulturist in both retail and garden design. She has her Masters in Forestry and is currently working on finishing her PhD at The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she studies human impacts on native wildflower populations in New England.