Looking for a new approach to gardening?

Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants is your one stop shop for planning and installing a beautiful landscape that makes native plants work for you. Learn from the experts how to holistically design your landscape, select native plants for your yard, plan for successful installation of both plant and hard-scape materials, properly maintain your landscape, and how to deal with unwanted pests through integrated pest management methods. This series of six classes takes you through all the steps needed to create a conservation garden that is easier to maintain and gorgeous at the same time.

 

COURSES

Landscape Design Principles
Introduces the first steps of the landscape design process for planning a conservation garden using native plants.

Native Plant Selection – Perennials
Introduces a variety of perennial native plants and their characteristics so you can select plants that will bring beauty and ecological function (e.g. support birds, attract pollinators) to your landscape.

Native Plant Selection – Shrubs and Trees
Introduces a variety of woody native plants and their characteristics so you can select plants that will bring beauty and ecological function (e.g. support birds, attract pollinators) to your landscape.

Landscape Design Studio
Introduces base plan preparation, design programming (defining goals for a design), functional diagrams, concept planning, and additional resources for locating utilities and for design support. The instructor will be in contact with you before the class starts in order to make the class very specific to participant landscape projects. Note: Prior drawing experience is not a requirement for this course.

Landscape Installation
Learn how to install a native plant garden. This class covers soil-building, bed preparation, irrigation and planting best practices (best times and techniques) as well as some important considerations related to garden path design, material choice, and installation.

Maintenance Considerations for Native Plant Gardens
Learn the best practice techniques for caring for your garden to keep it beautiful, thriving, and a benefit to the surrounding ecosystem. Learn about what to prune and when, what to remove (weed or not a weed), the ins and outs of mulching, and sustainable solutions to other conservation garden challenges such as diseases and insects. Management practices include time-tested approaches and some new techniques we employ at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible gardening.