Venue: San Antonio Garden Center
- September 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
September Essentials Class Offerings
The San Antonio River Authority provides a wide variety of services throughout its four-county district with the vision of inspiring actions for healthy creeks and rivers. Hillary Lilly will present an overview of these services and share ways that each of us can help keep the river safe, clean and enjoyable. Native plants can play a major role in these efforts, and Lee Marlowe will share examples of how the River Authority and its partners are using native vegetation to retrofit ecology back into the urban environment to provide wildlife and water quality benefits.
Hillary Lilly is the Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator for the San Antonio River Authority. Her focus is on local and state government relations, and she works with elected officials to influence public policy that benefits the San Antonio River watershed. Her favorite activity on the San Antonio River is walking her dog and kayaking the Mission Reach!
Lee Marlowe is the Sustainable Landscape Ecologist with the San Antonio River Authority. She is a restoration ecologist with over 19 years of professional experience working in the field of ecological restoration and natural resource management. Her expertise includes the use of native plants to provide wildlife habitat, water quality benefits and aesthetic beauty in landscapes of all sizes.
Herbal Presentation: Giant Blue Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) Herb of the Year for 2019
Leslie M. Bingham, Secretary San Antonio Herb Market Association V.P and Event Chair, San Antonio Herb Society
Leslie is currently involved with the SA Botanical Gardens and their resident chef Dave Terrazas in researching native Mesoamerican food and diet at the time of the European Invasion and before. Her interest has been piqued by native plants and their uses for healing by the “curanderas”
and the clever conservation of water – the acequia system, as employed by the Missions here in San Antonio. She is driven to find out more about these complex plants and finds it humbling to discover how they were grown and used by the Mesoamerican culture, dating back almost 7000 years.
She will share the best way to employ these healing plants “for use and for delight.”
Open to the Public
Request $5 donation, (Pot Luck)