Just learned of a fabulous workshop on designing with native plants for the Finger Lakes and upstate New York. Here’s a brief synopsis of the offerings:
- Creating Habitats for Birds on Properties Large and Small
Stephen W. Kress, National Audubon Society and Lab of Ornithology
Learn how to attract birds using the native plants they love, from the Lab of O’s own Steve Kress, author of The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds
- The Grand Tour….. of Upstate New York Plant Communities
Donald J. Leopold, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse)
You’ll see plants and habitats of Upstate New York in a new light after this virtual romp with Don Leopold, professor and author of Native Plants of the Northeast.
- Natural Landscaping Techniques; Wildflower Meadows: Let’s Get Real
Larry Weaner, Principal of Larry Weaner Design Associates
Two presentations by Larry Weaner, a national leader in design with native plants. His work strikes a balance between environmental and aesthetic goals.
- Native Plant Communities as Models for Natural Landscapes
Dan Segal, Owner of The Plantsmen Nursery
Dan will explore how our relationship with native plants in the landscape can be vividly inspired by first knowing those plants from their niche in the wild.
- Common Species Delight in All Seasons
Krissy Faust, Gardener at Cornell Plantations’ Mundy Wildflower Garden
Krissy Faust will show some of her favorite plants highlighting their use in plantings at Cornell Plantations. Some are easy to grow, others are well worth the effort!
I heard Don Leopold speak at a native plants seminar in 2006, and he was both knowledgable and funny. I met Dan Segal and visited his nursery while researching an article for Horticulture on gardening sites to visit in Ithaca. It was early in his first season as owner, and his enthusiasm and passion for native plants was contagious. (Yes, he sold me some plants.)
The workshop will be held on Friday, February 20, 2009 from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. It is jointly sponsored by the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ithaca to raise funds for the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. You can register online at the chamber of commerce site or download a pdf brochure for more information. The first fifty registrants will receive a free copy of a Guide to the Plant Communities of the Central Finger Lakes Region, courtesy of Dan Segal. Registered landscape architects can earn six continuing education credits by attending.