Upcoming Event

Native Plants: Nurturing Nature and Our Community

8 Jun 2024

10:00 am

Mark your calendars for BCWA’s Native Plant Sale and FREE Speaker Series at Coy Middle School from 10am-2pm on Saturday June 8th! 

Shop our vendors and learn about native plant topics from subject matter experts. 

All vendors will be outdoors in the school’s courtyard. The speakers will present indoors in an auditorium accessible through double glass doors from the courtyard. In the case of rain, all vendors will be moved indoors. 

Scroll down to see the list of confirmed vendors and the speaker schedule!

Speaker Schedule
Jim McCormac

Title: Mysterious Moths
Growing the Darker Side of Butterflies

Description: Our enchantment with butterflies isn’t surprising. These daytime flyers are easily observed and collectively encompass a rainbow palette of colors punctuated with ornate patterns. However, their close relatives the moths overwhelm butterflies in species diversity and sheer numbers. Most moths are nocturnal and largely out of sight and mind. Nonetheless, they are one of the most important animal
groups. Moths are inextricably intertwined with native plants, bats, birds, and the whole of the eastern
deciduous forest ecosystem. They play an enormous role in the pollination of native plants and over the eons have spurred the evolution of myriad defensive plant compounds to ward off caterpillar herbivory.
In addition, they are often far more interesting than butterflies, both visually and behaviorally. This talk will be a pictorial journey into an intriguing and little known world that unfolds all around us. We can greatly benefit the ecosystem around us by “moth-gardening” in our yards.


Jim worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 31 years as a botanist, and later specializing in wildlife diversity projects for the Division of Wildlife. He has authored or coauthored six books, including Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He is a coauthor of the Ohio
Breeding Bird Atlas II book. His book, Gardening for Moths, in collaboration with Chelsea Gottfried, was released in February 2023. Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and regularly publishes a natural history blog. He has written numerous articles in a variety of publications, and has delivered hundreds of presentations throughout the eastern United States. He was named 2015
Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Ohio League of Sportsmen. Jim is an avid photographer, shooting a range of natural history subjects. He has had hundreds of photos published in various forums, including the TV show Jeopardy!

Joey Peterson

Title: Foraging Native Plants for Food and Fun

Description: Learn to identify and forage common edible plants in your lawn and local area.


Joey is a local foraging enthusiast, native plant lover, and sustainable landscape designer.

Austin Miller

Title: Landscaping for Birds

Description: Native plants are the original bird feeders! Learn which native plants are most impactful for nestlings and migratory songbirds, which ones are best for hummingbirds, and how to use these plants in your yard. We will also discuss the history of the land and changes that have impacted birds in Ohio


Austin Miller grew up between the Great and Little Miami Rivers in Warren and Butler County, Ohio. 

Austin operates Birdsong Landscapes, a habitat restoration and native plant landscaping business. Birdsong Landscapes specializes in prairie seedings but also offers invasive plant removals, pollinator gardens design and installation, and woodland management.

Austin lives in the sleepy village of Spring Valley. He is a member of BCWA, the Ohio Prairie Association, Midwest Native Plant Society, as well as the Spring Valley Tree Committee and Village Council. He enjoys exploring natural areas and learning about local history. Austin’s all time favorite animal is the freshwater mussel, a secretive resident of riverbeds in Beaver Creek and the Little Miami.

Ruth Bowell

Title: Gardening with Native Plants for Butterflies & Moths

Description: What do butterflies & moths need, how do they use gardens, and how can you create a garden for their benefit without planting a butterfly bush? These questions (and more) will be answered to help you choose native plants that will make your garden the best for butterflies and moths.


Ruth Bowell owns and operates The Milkweed Patch, LLC, a small native plant nursery that specializes in plants beneficial to butterflies and moths. Ruth is a butterfly citizen scientist who has had a passion for and has been learning about butterflies since childhood. Her home backyard in Troy, Ohio provides habitat for butterflies, pollinators, and many other native wildlife species. This one-acre suburban lot is certified by several wildlife habitat organizations and was a survey plot for the 2020 Ohio Bee Survey. Ruth is also an active member of Wild Ones.

Registered Vendors & Product Description 
We will continue to add to this list as vendors register now through May 3rd.

Down Nature’s Path LLCNative Plants

Lucky Rabbit Curios– Lincocut prints, original artwork, greeting cards.

Native Ohio Plants, LLC– All native plants sold in containers; mostly one gallon trees and shrubs and some one quart wildflowers

Nature Inspired Photography– Notecards, canvas and framed prints produced from my photos of native local flora and fauna including birds, butterflies, frogs, flowers and much more.

The Milkweed Patch, LLC– Native plant nursery that specializes in plants beneficial to butterflies and moths

Wild Birds Unlimited (Kettering/Huber Heights Location)– Hummingbird Feeders, Nature Oriented Books and Gifts, and Bird Feeders

Wild Development Studios– Customizable nature journals, painting kits with outlines of wild animals, prints of photographs and watercolor paintings of animals.

Green County Soil and Water Conservation District- Learn about the many services this agency provides our community; including but not limited too:

  • Agriculture / Land Use Planning
  • Conservation Education
  • Drainage Information and Design
  • Forestry and Wildlife Management
  • Soils Information
  • Stormwater Management
  • Urban and rural water quality and erosion control technical assistance 
Enjoy the music of Emerald Alliance while you shop our vendors!

Emerald Alliance is a duo from Dayton, OH that consists of Moroni Lane and Mando McPickin. They share a vision to apply music to uplift and unify humanity. This musical collaboration is bringing forth a movement of Community and their songs speak as a Catalyst of change. With music, Emerald Alliance hopes to create conversations and find new ways to heal as a human family. Together we will take our power back.

Thank you to our event sponsor!

Adam Horseman, Montgomery Insurance & Investments

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