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Carex plantaginea by Shannon Currey

Native Sedges Step into the Spotlight presented by Shannon Currey

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Sedges may be backup singers in the plant world, but they’re beginning to steal the show. These herbaceous perennials are diverse in textures and cultural adaptations. They shine in layered plantings and as alternatives to mulch and traditional lawn, especially in shady conditions. The Southeast has a wealth of native Carex that are well-adapted to our conditions and support pollinators, birds, and small mammals. Awaken your inner sedge head as we bring Carex out of the background and into the spotlight.
Shannon Currey
Shannon Currey

Shannon Currey is a horticultural educator and consultant with Izel Native Plants. She began her work life as a social scientist and changed careers to pursue horticulture at North Carolina State University. After school, she worked short stints at a landscape design firm and at Niche Gardens, a pioneering native plant nursery in North Carolina.

In 2007 Shannon joined Hoffman Nursery, a wholesale grower specializing in grasses, sedges, and other graminoids. This was the start of a 15-year journey during which she developed a deep understanding of these specialized plants. She has shared her advanced knowledge of graminoids in nationally published articles and has traveled throughout the country speaking to professional organizations, community groups, and at public gardens.

Shannon currently serves on the Perennial Plant Association’s Board of Directors and the North Carolina Plant Conservation Scientific Committee. She was honored in 2020 with the Libby Wilder Award from the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association. 

In 2022 she joined Izel Native Plants to expand their education and outreach efforts. Izel’s unique model within the industry consolidates the inventories of wholesale-only growers and makes their native plants available directly to the end consumer. 

We will be meeting at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library Meeting Room (1420 Price Park Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410), but also will have a Zoom connection for those wishing to attend remotely.

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This program is free and open to the public, all are welcome!

You can watch past recorded events on our YouTube

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Mar 01 2023


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Kathleen Clay Edwards Library
1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410


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