The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference – Saturday February 11

The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference

12:00-5:30 p.m. on February 11, 2017
Triton College, River Grove, IL

Get practical advice on creating stunning home gardens using layers found in native ecosystems. These layers support life: soil organisms, insects, birds and more.

Landscape architect Rick Darke, co-author with Douglas Tallamy of The Living Landscape, and Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants, will lead a half-day conference on how to design home landscapes that not only look beautiful but also support the surrounding regional ecosystem. The conference is hosted by the West Cook chapter of Wild Ones, a national native plant organization.

First, Darke will lead the audience in an entertaining discussion of a wild landscape’s layers (ground, forbs, grasses, shrubs, small trees, large trees), and how we can use them in eye-catching, beautiful ways. Next, he will give advice on easy ways to maintain a native home landscape. Then, Holm will describe the habitat and food needs of birds, bees and pollinators, and recommend specific native trees and shrubs that support their life cycles.

Learn more: This conference is made possible by West Cook Wild Ones members, our plant sale, and PlanItGreen, Oak Park and River Forest’s Sustainability Plan. Triton College Sustainability Center will host the conference.

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