Even though it’s only February, there’s a lot going on at the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla in anticipation of spring.
First and foremost, the nonprofit center has named Darrin Duling of Greenwich, Conn., as its new director.
He succeeds Brooke Beebe of Briarcliff Manor, who retired after serving as director since the center’s inception in 1998. The Native Plant Center was the first regional affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
Most recently, Duling was curator of the Glasshouse Collections at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx until 2005, when he started his own garden consulting company, Duling Designs of Greenwich. Previously, he served as director of horticulture for the American Orchid Society in Del Ray Beach, Fla.
In other news, the center has released the pre-sale plant list for its annual Wildflower and Native Plant Sale, which will be held at the college from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 25. This year, center members get early admission, starting at 10:30.
By ordering ahead of time, you get the exact plants you want and you don’t have to fight the crowds on sale day. Go to nativeplantcenter.org/plantsales for the order form. Completed forms are due back to the center by Feb. 23.
The center has also announced the lineup for its spring lecture series and landscape conference:
• Feb. 23: “Storm Water Management” with Jay Archer of John Jay Landscape Development; 10 a.m. to noon at the college.
• March 7: “Wild Bee Diversity in Westchester Residential Gardens” with Evelyn D. Fetridge of the Louis Calder Center; 10 a.m. to noon at the college.
Tickets cost $25 for each lecture.
• March 16: 2009 Spring Landscape Conference — “Investing in Ecology: Native Gardens and Natural Processes”; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $122.
For more information, call 914-606-7870 or visit nativeplantcenter.org.