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Collaboration between Wingard’s Market and Riverbanks Zoo Leads to Exciting Opportunity with Distinguished Author

CRBR Biz Wire //February 21, 2024//

Collaboration between Wingard’s Market and Riverbanks Zoo Leads to Exciting Opportunity with Distinguished Author

CRBR Biz Wire //February 21, 2024//

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Wingard’s Market is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! On May 16, join us for a unique presentation by author and award-winning expert, Doug Tallamy!

Tallamy’s presentation, A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening, will focus on the importance of native plants and selecting the right plants for your garden that will also help our environment. Through 42 years of teaching and authoring 4 books; including New York Times Best Seller, The Nature of Oaks, he is considered an expert in his field.

Wingard’s Market and Riverbanks Zoo are co-hosting Tallamy’s presentation, which has something to offer all gardeners, from beginner to expert. Gates open at 6 PM, with the presentation beginning at 7 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

“People hear the word “conservation” and they think Lions & Tigers elsewhere in the world, but you can start to make a difference in your own backyard if you really give it a shot. Planting native plants is a perfect example of that,” stated Wingard’s Naturalist, Zach Steinhauser.”

Tallamy was featured in Smithsonian Magazine in 2020 in an article titled, “Meet the Ecologist Who Wants You to Unleash the Wild on Your Backyard.”

Melodie Scott-Leach, Horticulture Design and Operations Manager at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, stated “Planting for pollinators is so important right now. Insects and birds are integral parts of our world ecosystem, and everyone can participate in their continued health by providing the plants they need in their yards.”

Purchase your tickets for an evening with America’s expert on native plants here:

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About Wingards: For 56 years, Wingard’s Market has been committed to beautifying and to sharing fresh, local produce with our community. Wingard’s joined the ranks of the horticulture industry’s top local garden centers when it was named one of Today’s Garden Center magazine’s Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers for 2015 and named one of the Top 100 Garden Centers by Garden Center Magazine in 2017. Wingard’s customers are encouraged to visit the Gift Shoppe and Fresh Produce Market or take a stroll under century-old pecan trees through the Garden Wonderland. For more information, visit

About Riverbanks Zoo: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 3,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of America’s best public gardens. The Zoo opened on April 25, 1974, and for five decades has connected individuals, families, and school children with the natural world. Riverbanks is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in animal care and welfare, education, recreation, science, and wildlife conservation. It is the mission of the Zoo and Garden to create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on wildlife and wild places. For more information, visit