Attend workshops in Columbia on landscaping with native plants

COLUMBIA MO -- Landscape professionals and gardening enthusiasts are invited to attend upcoming workshops in Columbia on landscaping with native plants. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Grow Native!, “Landscape Design with Missouri in Mind” workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, at Bradford Research and Extension Center near Columbia.

The Friday workshops are for landscaping professionals and will feature sessions on storm water management and how to use native plants to create low-maintenance landscapes. The Saturday workshops are 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. The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $35. Registration deadline is Feb 29. To register for the workshop, go to www.grownative.org and click on the events link.

For more information, contact Barbara Fairchild of MDC at 573-522-4115 ext. 3833 or barbara.fairchild@mdc.mo.gov, or Syd Hime of MDC at 573-522-4115 ext. 3370 or syd.hime@mdc.mo.gov.

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