Grow a Meadow, Large or Small

Kathy Connolly headshot.


Instructor: Kathy Connolly , Speaking of Landscapes

  • October 14 | 4:00 - 7:00pm
  • October 15 | 4:00 - 7:00pm

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CEUs: APLD (2.75 credits)

Fee: Member $78/ Non-member $88/ Workshop Sponsor $150

This is an intensive program, offered in two parts on consecutive evenings.

A native meadow is an ecologically vibrant landscape, providing food and habitat to native pollinators and other wildlife. In this era of climate change, meadows are one of the most restorative landscapes we can create. They need few visits from CO2 generating lawnmowers or leaf-blowers, and the deep, undisturbed roots of mature meadow plants capture and store carbon. But meadows are not simply lawns or perennial beds gone wild, and understanding how they are different is critical to success. Designer Kathy Connolly will lead this intensive seminar, including everything from site selection and preparation techniques, to the relationship between grasses and flowering species, and long-term maintenance protocols. This is a great course for both home gardeners and professional landscapers looking to take a deep dive into the ins and outs of meadow-making.

Kathy Connolly is a landscape designer, writer, and teacher, who brings over 20 years of experience in creating and tending meadows. She works with a range of clients—from homeowners to public park managers—to develop meadows and other naturalized plantings. Kathy has a Master’s degree in landscape design from the Conway School.