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Author Heather Holm will present the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Joseph and Dorothy Young Memorial Lecture in Horticulture on Friday, Nov. 16, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus Union, 1705 Arbor Dr. 

Holm’s first book, "Pollinators of Native Plants," focused on the interactions between pollinators and native plants. Her latest book "Bees" was published in 2017 and has since won six book awards. Her books will be available to purchase that night.

Her most recent research project was aimed at determining the types of native bees present in cultivated farms and increasing the availability of forage plants and nesting sites. A community activist, she also writes grants and coordinates volunteer landscape restoration projects in Minnesota.

With a decline in the number of pollinators and one-third of the foods we eat dependent on them, research efforts are important. Holm recognizes, however, that even dramatic numbers don’t tell the full story. “Simply put,” Holm says, “one of the pleasures of having a garden is watching its visitors and extending its bounty beyond our own interests.”

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Holm's ticketed lecture will be presented during a sit-down meal, both of which begin at 7 p.m. Space is limited; sign up at plantnebraska.org or call 402-472-2971.

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