Landscape for Life Filled

September 12, 2017 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Registration includes all five classes.

Would you like your landscape to be less work, more environmentally friendly, and a haven for birds, butterflies and other wildlife? Would you like to add more native plants without removing your cherished lilacs, rhododendrons and other non-native shrubs? Then join other like-minded gardeners and discover how you can have your natives and lilacs too, creating a sustainable landscape that is healthier for you and the wildlife that visits it.

This course was developed by the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and has been tailored for West Michigan gardeners by certified landscape architect Rebecca Marquardt. She offers 20 years of landscape design experience, along with an infectious passion for native plants and creating sustainable and restorative landscapes. Rebecca will guide you through the steps of assessing your unique property, evaluating the soil type, recording its current vegetation, and then expanding your vision to create a long-term plan that will improve the health, beauty and habitat value of your property.

This is a five-part, hands-on course. You will draw your own landscape plan, work in smaller groups to share challenges and solutions, and receive relevant and enjoyable homework assignments. During class, you’ll visit Meijer Gardens’ rain garden and other areas to see how to incorporate sustainable design theory into landscape solutions. You will also have access to an online student manual filled with helpful and practical information on soil, composting, native plants and other topics.

Class size is limited to the first 20 students. Register early and be part of a unique course that will give you the tools and confidence to create a more sustainable home landscape.

Instructor: Rebecca Marquardt
Member Cost: $120
Non-Member Cost: $130