|| Saturday – Feb. 25 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM || $10 fee – 4/12 Seats remaining
(Registration includes one native plant from Reedy Creek Environmental)
This workshop will consist of a classroom component and hands-on field component.
Come prepared to get dirty! The field component will involve identification and removal of invasive plants as well as a native tree & shrub planting exercise.
Did you know that more acres in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are devoted to growing lawn than growing crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat for food?
Did you know that lawns are a leading source of water pollution in urban and suburban neighborhoods?
Did you know that lawns are biological deserts that support very little wildlife and contribute very few ecological services?
Come and learn what you can do to make your landscape more sustainable and environment-friendly. Topics will include:
– What is a native plant?
– Why plant native plants?
– What is conservation landscaping?
– Types and primary purposes for conservation landscapes
– How do I select a site for conservation landscaping? How big? How small?
– How do I prepare a site for native plants?
– How do I select which native plants to add?
– How to establish and maintain a conservation landscape?/PATIENCE is a virtue!
– Where to get native plants?/What is “local ecotype”?
– Financial resources to help install a conservation landscape
If any of the additional topics listed below are of particular interest to you, please add a comment along with your registration.
– Plants for sunny, dry areas
– Plants for shady, wet areas
– Slopes/Native plants for erosion control
– Identification and removal of invasive plants
– Edible native plants
– Why trees and shrubs are the most valuable and economical choice for conservation landscapes
– Planning for year-round interest and year-round wildlife value
About the Teacher:
Bill Shanabruch is an aquatic biologist and active member of the Reedy Creek Coalition leadership. In his free time he cultivates a beautiful biodiverse native garden on his property. He recently started a small business, Reedy Creek Environmental, devoted to restoring watersheds through the propagation of native plants, education, and resource assessment.