Landscape for Life

April 4, 2018 6:00 pm 8:00 pm
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2

Registration includes all five classes.

Discover how to bring nature back to your yard in aesthetically pleasing ways and benefit from the “ecosystem services” that nature provides—controlling erosion, pollinating flowers, cleaning the air and waterways, sheltering wildlife, and providing beauty. Whether you are interested in adding native plants into existing planting beds, incorporating water harvesting techniques, or converting your whole yard to a purer native landscape, we’ve got you covered!

This series is based on a program developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, US Botanic Garden, and the American Society for Landscape Architects and tailored for West Michigan by landscape architect and native plant enthusiast, Rebecca Marquardt. The class will include lecture and studio time as well as “field trips” outside the classroom to discover some of the sustainable practices and plants at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Discover how careful observation will reveal the “sense of place” for your unique property, how to analyze your site, and learn creative solutions to problems through case studies and design styles. Learn how to landscape for life while exploring a variety of design, installation, and care techniques to maximize ecosystem services for your yard.

Class is limited to the first 24 students.

Applies toward MSU Extension Master Gardener education credit.

Instructor: Rebecca Marquardt
Member Cost: $125
Non-Member Cost: $135