The Joy of Native Gardening-Summer 2022 Garden Tour and Lecture

About this Course

Whether your gardening style is formal or relaxed, use native plants to add beauty and bring more life to your garden. Landscapes that feature native species support a higher abundance and greater diversity of pollinators and birds. Native gardens are buzzing with life in summer. In class and out in the field we’ll look at classic New England plant combinations with stunning colors, form, and beauty. This course covers native perennials, trees and shrubs and looks at the pollinators they have co-evolved with including butterflies, moths, friendly (non-stinging) native bees and birds. Learn how to create a succession of bloom in your garden with the flowers the pollinators need, that you can enjoy through the season too. We’ll discuss how working with your site and utilizing gentle gardening techniques can improve habitat and make maintenance easier. Whether your site is sunny, shady or a mix, wet to dry, there is a huge selection of beautiful native northeastern plants to choose from. Unfortunately, many of our most commonly used landscape plants are non-native and many have become invasive. We will discuss the impact invasive plants have on habitat and biodiversity and recommend good native replacements. We’ll also explore the ‘new best practices’ for gardening that will help ensure you are providing your soil, plants, and wildlife the healthiest environment you can. Many of the techniques for clean-up in Fall are passé and the new approaches – easier to do methods – help guarantee our insects can finish their life cycles while enriching the soil with nutrients. Your garden belongs on the Northeastern Pollinator Pathway. join us and learn more about it.

The first class will be held on campus and the second class will be a garden tour held outdoors.

Course Details

Continuing Ed / Non-Credit
Tuition: $50
Subject: GARD D5787

Sections Offered

Section: 01 CRN: 7488
Location: W128
Type: Hybrid
Instructor: Elizabeth Craig, Advanced Master Gardener
No. of Sessions: 2
06/21/2022 - 06/28/2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm