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Our Native Plant Garden & the Seed Pile Project

Our Native Plant Garden & the Seed Pile Project

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


How is Sierra 2 Center Bringing More Native Plants to Curtis Park?

You may have noticed the change in the front walkway at the center… we are converting that are into a native plant demonstration garden. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife, save you time and money because they require less care and require fewer chemicals, maintenance and water, promote biodiversity and preserve the natural ecosystem.

Are you interested in converting some of your yard to native plants?

Join us for this lecture and pilot project to help increase native plant biodiversity throughout Curtis Park and Sacramento. Billy Krimmel and Caroline Larsen-Bircher will:
  • discuss the benefits and importance of native plants,
  • share a backstage look and planning and building the new garden at Sierra 2 Center
  • highlight some interesting native plants that you can plant
  • discuss a new seed pile project that you can be involved in!
The Seed Pile Project is a community science initiative by Miridae Living Labs and the UC Davis Department of Human Ecology to research which local native plant seeds are best at dispersing in human-altered places like cities and roadsides.
What happens to poppy seeds that fall onto a sidewalk or get blown into a vacant lot? Under what conditions do certain species of seed spread, survive, die, or thrive? Studying questions like this can help inform the landscaping industry’s decisions about what native plants to use and where to put them for the most ecological benefit and resilience.
This event is free to attend and participation in the Seed Pile project is free. We welcome you to make a donation. Enter your information below and we will send you a Zoom link closer to the date.

About The Native Plant Garden at Sierra 2 Center
Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community was awarded $10,000 from the Sacramento County TOT Grant program to build a native plant demonstration and learning garden at the front (West) entrance of the center on 24th Street. Sierra 2 Center with the help of Miridae Living Labs and local volunteers is creating a garden that includes bug and butterfly-friendly, low maintenance and drought-tolerant native plants, interpretive signage, a seed-disbursing sculpture, and educational opportunities through the Learnery at Sierra 2.
About our Speakers


Caroline is drawing on her life-long love of insects and science education to co-found Miridae Living Labs, a non-profit sister organization to Miridae that will channel the spirit of Miridae into the education and research realm.
Caroline has her PhD in Ecology at UC Davis on the biogeography of non-native tephritid flies. Prior to venturing into the Miridae world, she worked as a science editor for educational publishers, for the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife’s Biodiversity Data Branch and teaching Introductory Biology Labs at UC Davis.

Caroline holds a Masters of Science in Ecology from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bryn Mawr College.


Billy completed his PhD in Ecology at U.C. Davis where he focused his research on native plant-insect interactions. Billy also holds a Bachelor of Science from Brown University and serves on the board of directors for the California Native Grasslands Association.
Billy founded Miridae with the intention of creating habitat for native species within human-occupied areas and engaging people with the species interactions occurring in these habitats. With each project we come one step closer to creating a network of habitat gardens and migration corridors to support resilient populations of native species.

Billy is still active in the research community, writing peer-reviewed journal articles on native plants and insects and a quarterly column in the peer-reviewed journal Grasslands. Check out his publications on the Community page.


November 3
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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