Homeowner gardens, municipal landscapes, agricultural areas, and natural areas play a vital role in maintaining animal diversity on a finite piece of land. In 2006, the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard launched an innovative new native plant production program called MV Wildtype. Seven years later, the model program produces over 40 native species grown from locally collected seeds. Join Tim Boland, Executive Director of the Polly Hill Arboretum, to learn how the effort is helping homeowners and conservation groups heal, restore and reconnect fragmented habitats on the Island. You will also learn of recent efforts to assess the health of insect pollinators through an intensive island wide survey over the last three years on Martha’s Vineyard. Tim Boland is Executive Director at Polly Hill Arboretum at Martha’s Vineyard in West Tisbury, Mass. Before Polly Hill, Tim was Curator of Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. A plantsman with wide-ranging interests, he is a nationally recognized author, photographer, and lecturer whose focus is plant ecology and using native plants to restore and reconnect fragmented landscapes. He is also involved in conservation and developing modern flora in Martha’s Vineyard. Tim holds a Master of Science degree in Plant Ecology and Systematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture, both from Michigan State University. The program is happening in cooperation with the Mt. Cuba Center and the Copeland Lecture fund. The Copeland Lecture, endowed by the late Pamela Copeland, was established to bring an outstanding speaker to the Delaware community to inspire and motivate the audience toward environmentally-informed stewardship and conservation of the land.