About this Course
|Take your gardening to a new level by adding keystone native plants. We’ll look at key native perennials, trees and shrubs and the relationships these plants have established with our native pollinators and songbirds. Learn how to develop a succession of bloom in your garden, with a range of beautiful natives that bloom from early spring to late fall. You can provide the pollen, nectar, seed and fruit pollinators and birds need to survive and reproduce. Go vertical and layer your garden with native groundcovers, shrubs, trees, and vines to maximize its potential. Working with your site and utilizing gentle gardening techniques can improve habitat and make maintenance easier. Pick the right native plant for your site and gardening becomes easier and more rewarding. Tips will be offered for putting your garden to bed for the winter gently to protect pollinator habitat and improve your soil. Unfortunately, many of our most popular landscape plants are non-native and have become invasive. The impact invasive plants have on habitat and diversity will be discussed and native replacements recommended. Whether your gardening style is more formal or relaxed, you can use native plants to add more beauty and bring more life to your garden.|
The first class will be held on campus (Tuesday, 9/13 6:30pm-8:30pm) and the second class will be a garden tour held outdoors. Directions will be provided at the first class.
The garden tour will be on Saturday, 9/17 from 10:00am-12:00pm