Workshops

We offer a variety of in-depth workshops throughout the year, all with exceptional instructors. These programs are open to individual enrollment, and they equip participants with skills for creating and managing native plant landscapes rich in biodiversity.

  • Program locations vary as noted. Pre-registration is required for workshops.
  • CEUs available are indicated for each program.

This page lists our current offerings. Additional programs will be added periodically throughout the year.


 

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Digging into Soil Ecology

Instructor: Rachel Thiet, Professor of Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England

  • June 13 | 10:30am - 2:30pm

Where: Jennison Hall at Bentley University, Waltham

CEUs Available: APLD (1.75 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (pending)

Member $46/ Non-member $56/ Workshop Sponsor $120

Healthy soils are teeming with life, and biodiverse soil communities are integral to plant diversity and productivity, as well as to vital ecosystem functions like carbon sequestration. Join ecologist Rachel Thiet to explore how soils form, why soils are valuable habitat, and to understand the effects of soil food webs on nutrient availability, carbon storage, and other soil properties. We'll discuss the effects of common gardening practices and land management decisions on soil organismal health and ecosystem functioning, with an emphasis on carbon storage potential and how natural communities aboveground and belowground interact with one another. The workshop will conclude with a fun field excursion to search for and identify the numerous fascinating soil creatures just underfoot!

Rachel Thiet is currently the Director of Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. She is a systems ecologist with broad interests in soil, plant, and invertebrate ecology, biogeochemistry, and the interactions that tie them all together

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Sweetbells blooming.

The Diversity and Ecological Value of Native Shrubs

Instructor: Meredith Gallogly, Manager of Programs, Grow Native Massachusetts,

  • June 30 | 5:30 - 7:00pm

Where: Online (By Zoom Meeting)

CEUs Available: APLD (1 credit); NOFA-AOLCP (pending)

Member $28/ Non-member $38/ Workshop Sponsor $100

Although we'd rather be gathering outside, we are grateful to still be able to bring you this program virtually! June is the peak blooming time for some of our loveliest flowering shrubs, many of which also have tremendous value as host plants for the larvae of moths and butterflies.  Join Meredith to learn about the diverse mix of native shrub species found in our region. This workshop will cover the importance of woody plants in our gardens and ecosystems, and highlight 10-15 species that have tremendous potential for use in a variety of landscape settings.

Meredith Gallogly is the Manager of Programs at Grow Native Massachusetts. She is a skilled botanist, and much of her plant identification knowledge comes from her explorations of metro-Boston area parks and reservations. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Smith College.

This workshop will be conducted virtually by Zoom meeting. Enrollment is limited to 20 to allow for questions during the program.

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Grow a Meadow, Large or Small

Instructor: Kathy Connolly , Speaking of Landscapes

  • October 17 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Jennison Hall at Bentley University, Waltham

CEUs Available: APLD (2.75 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (pending)

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

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.

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