We are excited to offer the following workshops held at our Waltham office (unless otherwise specified):
240 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA 02452

Landscaping with Native Shrubs: They are Tougher Than You Think

Taught by Dr. Jessica Lubell, Associate Professor of Horticulture, University of Connecticut

February 25, 2016 (Thursday)
7:00 – 9:00pm

CEUs Available: NOFA-AOLCP (2 credits), MCH (0.5 credits), and APLD (2 credits)

Native plants are becoming increasingly popular for creating sustainable and ecologically vibrant landscapes. Yet, designers and landscapers sometimes worry that these species might not survive the tough growing conditions associated with commercial and institutional landscapes, foundation plantings, or other challenging sites. However, many native species will perform well— especially if you understand which plants to use where, and how to get them established. They also make excellent ecologically friendly replacements for the ubiquitous, but now banned, invasive shrubs like winged euonymus and barberry. This workshop will teach us about native shrubs that are adaptable to tough conditions— such as the readily available Rhus and Juniperus, as well as lesser-known taxa like Aronia, Diervilla, Prunus, Myrica, Corylus, and Spiraea.  Dr. Lubell has conducted wide-ranging research on the subject, including controlled studies on the adaptability of native shrubs, and improved methods of nursery propagation to increase the availability of native taxa. This will be an enlightening program for all who landscape with natives.

Dr. Jessica Lubell teaches at the University of Connecticut and has more than 15 years of experience working with the horticulture industry. She was a 2015 recipient of the New England Nursery Association Young Nursery Professional Award for the state of Connecticut. Jessica also enjoys using social media to promote the beauty and utility of native plant landscaping. You can follow her on

Members: $28  /  Non-members: $38
Sponsor Registration: $75 — includes registration and membership, and a special thank you at the workshop.
If you have questions about your membership status or the program, please call us at 781-790-8921.

Our apologies— Registration for this workshop is now FULL. Stay tuned for future announcements.