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.


 

Kathy Connolly headshot.

Grow a Meadow, Large or Small

Instructor: Kathy Connolly , Speaking of Landscapes

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

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Part Two:

Where: Online (By Zoom Meeting)

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.

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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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The Importance of Keystone Plant Species

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

  • October 29 | 5:30 - 7:30pm

Where: Online (By Zoom Meeting)

CEUs: APLD (credits pending)

Fee: Member $32/ Non-member $42/ Workshop Sponsor $100

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When it comes to their ability to host the larvae of moths and butterflies, not all native plants are created equal. According to research led by Douglas Tallamy, just 5% of our native plant genera host roughly 75% of our caterpillar species— insects that play a critical role in sustaining ecosystems, particularly bird populations. These super host plants are keystone species, which have an out-size impact on the health and biodiversity of their ecosystems. Join Meredith to learn about the top keystone trees, shrubs, and perennials of the northeast. She will highlight the best species for a variety of landscape conditions and scales, with tips on establishing and managing these plants, to help you maximize the ecological value of the places you steward.

Meredith Gallogly is the Manager of Programs at Grow Native Massachusetts. She is a skilled botanist, with an in-depth understanding of native plants and their habitats, as well as their importance to biodiversity. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Smith College.