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Environmental scientist to discuss benefits of native-plant landscaping during ‘Thursdays at the U’

Dr. Peter Gallagher

Dr. Peter Gallagher

Would you like to make your yard more “earth friendly” and spend less time weeding and watering? If so, Dr. Peter Gallagher’s April 11 presentation, “Landscaping with Native Plants,” could help you achieve your goals.

The event, part of UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays at the U" lecture and performance series, will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Gallagher is a professor emeritus of plant and environmental science at Louisiana Tech University. His lecture will cover the advantages of native plants over exotic species, selection and placement of appropriate plants, and site analysis and microclimate identification. Examples of design techniques and sample landscapes will be shared, along with precautions and potential pitfalls of native landscaping. 

Gallagher holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Madison and a doctorate from The Ohio State University.

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.