Taught by Claudia Thompson and Other Landscape Professionals
At Libraries, Garden Clubs, and Locations in Your Neighborhood
You Convene the Group: We Bring this Workshop to You
If you care about the ecological value of your garden and all the lands around you, are interested in learning more about native plants, and want to better steward this planet, these workshops are for you. We present them in your city, town or neighborhood— at libraries, schools, or other public spaces. And we also encourage friends and neighbors to simply join together to host a program at home (with a minimum of 10 participants).
Fee: Based on participant numbers and length of program.
To set up these workshops: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 617-354-0502.
Why Native Plant Landscapes Matter to You
This workshop gives a great introduction to the ecological importance of native plants and their role in local ecosystems. We start with the concept of co-evolution between plants and animals at a global scale, and end with an explanation of how to create healthy habitat in our own gardens and managed landscapes. In between, we explain the differences between native, naturalized, and invasive plants, and their varying effects on ecological communities. We discuss the food web and critical connections that link plants to insects to birds, wildlife, and humans— and give examples of “cool” ecosystem relationships. Our detailed case study illustrates the conversion of a 7,000 sq, ft. urban property from a conventional landscape to a largely native one, and the resulting impact on birds and wildlife. By the end of the program, you will "get" why this issue is so important and understand what you can do about it.
How to Grow Native? — Designing Healthy Landscapes that Emphasize Native Plants
If you already understand the importance of native plants, this program will help you plan your own garden, or be better equipped to work with a landscape designer. It focuses on the essential principles for creating beautiful gardens that are full of life— places of both beauty and biodiversity. Topics include understanding the importance of context and local ecology, techniques for designing a successful garden or landscape, examples of different habitat gardens from meadow to woodland, and advice on how to best source native plants. Many additional resources are provided to help you develop your own plan and subsequently put it into action.