Making Peace with Deer and Rabbits in Your Native Garden (Online)

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Wednesday February 22

7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Preregistration is required. This program is designed for adults and children ages 12+ with an adult.

If you’ve ever exasperatedly said, “I planted my native garden for wildlife…but the deer and rabbits trashed it,” this online talk is for you. Using perspectives of naturalist, farmer, and forager, we’ll explore how our garden design and maintenance choices can affect our success with plants. The speaker will draw from on-the-ground tales from a personal journey of walking the line between cruelty-free gardening and how to not plant a salad bowl for the critters. 

In this online class, we’ll explore: 

  • How our native garden design can help us blend with nature vs. fight against it 

  • How to identify who’s eating your garden, which is the first step in addressing the issue 

  • What plant families can tell us about what deer and rabbits will and won’t eat 

  • Planting options beyond specimen planting 

  • How to contend with fall/winter antler rubbing 

  • Physical and chemical barriers to exclude deer and rabbits 

  • How to “hide” tasty plants behind plants deer and rabbits won’t eat 

About the instructor: A 25+ year veteran of Cincinnati Nature Center, Jason Neumann currently serves as Public Programs Manager, crafting experiences that immerse visitors in nature and leading interpretive trainings. He works towards translating CNC’s “plant native” initiative into visitor engagement opportunities, and has a special interest in connecting people to nature through food. Growing up on a small farm sparked his deep interest in agriculture, which was fanned to flame through a BS degree in Crop and Soil Sciences (Michigan State University), and later a graduate certificate in Agroforestry (University of Missouri – Columbia). Drawing from the perspective of a farmer/naturalist, he seeks to work with nature whether in his suburban backyard operation called Someday Farm, the CNC Edible Plants and Foraging Group (founded in 2013), or managing the native perennial polyculture plots and native 2-acre pawpaw grove at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Jason is on the board of the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association. 

Preregistration is required. This will be a live, virtual program on the Zoom meeting platform. Live auto-captioning will be available. Your link to attend the meeting will be sent immediately after registering in a follow up email. You do not need the Zoom application to participate. If you do not receive your Zoom link by 12 pm on February 22, or if you have issues logging on, please contact us at 

Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10.

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