Attend January workshops on landscaping with Missouri plants

PARK HILLS Mo -- Landscape professionals and enthusiasts are invited to attend “Landscape Design with Missouri in Mind” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or Saturday, Jan. 28 or 29 at Mineral Area Community College, 5270 Flat River Road, Park Hills.

“Landscape Design with Missouri in Mind” is sponsored by Grow Native!, Mineral Area College and Park Hills Daily Journal. Grow Native! is a cooperative program of the Missouri departments of conservation and agriculture. Its mission is to help protect and restore Missouri’s biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use.

The Jan. 28 workshop is for landscaping professionals and will feature sessions on storm-water management and how to use native plants to create low-maintenance landscapes. The Saturday workshop is for gardeners, homeowners and landscaping enthusiasts and will include sessions on smaller-scale landscapes.

Each workshop will provide practical, in-depth information on landscaping with native plants to create beauty and to support biodiversity. The workshops will focus on landscape design techniques, plant selection, installation methods and maintenance practices presented by Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) resource experts and native-plant professionals.

Author Dave Tylka will open the workshops with his presentation “Native Landscaping—A Natural Way to Spice up Life.” He will use his book, “Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People,” as the foundation of his presentation. As part of the registration fee, workshop attendees will receive copies of the MDC companion book, “Tried and True: Native Plants for You Landscape.”

Seating is limited. Registration deadline is Jan. 18. The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $25 if received by Jan. 8 and $35 after that date.

To register for the workshop, go to www.grownative.org and click on the events link. For more information, contact the MDC at 573-522-4115 extensions 3833 or 3370, or email barbara.fairchild@mdc.mo.gov or syd.hime@mdc.mo.gov.

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Conservation pays by enriching our economy and quality of life.