Wildlife & Water Friendly: FREE Garden Series

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Join professional landscapers and water quality experts for tips on how to make your garden beautiful and beneficial to wildlife!

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Wildlife & Water Friendly Gardens Series

The Environmental Learning Center presents a FREE Workshop Series for anyone interested in home gardening for wildlife and water quality. Learn about pollinator gardens, rain gardens, natural lawn care and more. Sign up for one or all!

When: Thursdays, May 6 - June 17

Time: Noon-12:45 pm

Cost: FREE

Where: Zoom - [Link will be sent to you prior to the class and recordings will be available after class.]

Schedule of Programs

Each week, professional landscapers and water quality experts will discuss different ways that your garden helps wildlife. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so come prepared with your garden questions!

May 6 – Managing Excess Water in the Landscape

Here in the PNW, we know about wet in the winter! All that water coming from the skies needs to go somewhere, but ideally doesn’t pool in your yard or seep into your basement. Join us to learn about how to manage stormwater in elegant, aesthetically pleasing ways.

Presenters: Amy Whitworth (Plan-It Earth Design) and Lara Christensen (Oak Lodge Water Service District)

May 13 – Beautiful Bioswales

Bioswales benefit wildlife, but can they be beautiful too? Or, is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Join us for a discussion on all the ways that bioswales can add beauty to the landscape. And, learn tips on how to maintain them for long-term benefits.

Presenters: Amy Whitworth (Plan-It Earth Design) and Peter Timmen (Showplace Landscape Services)

May 20 - Permeable Pavement

We’ve all seen it - water running down our driveways, into the street and into the storm drains. But, sending water into the ground, rather than stormwater pipes is better for the health of our rivers and the wildlife that depends on it. In this session, you’ll learn about the variety of pavement options that can help clean up our waterways.

Presenters: Peter Timmen (Showplace Landscape Services) and Katie Holzer (City of Gresham)

May 27 – Value of Trees

Trees offer many benefits to wildlife – including some that may surprise you! In this session, you’ll learn about how trees support a healthy ecosystem, and get some tips on how to ensure that trees in your landscape remain healthy for long-term enjoyment by both you and your wildlife friends.

Presenters: James Wentworth-Plato (Horticulture Faculty, Clackamas Community College) and Gail Shaloum (Clackamas Water Environment Services)

June 3 – Pollinators & Beneficial Insects

Attracting beneficial insects to your garden can be a game changer – reducing insect pest populations, providing food for wildlife, and pollinating your food crops. Join us for this entertaining look at how insects can be encouraged to make a healthier home in your garden. And, remember – insects are wildlife too!

Presenters: Celeste Searles Mazzacano (CASM Environmental)

June 10 – Non-chemical Weed Control

To everything there is a season – except for the weeds, because they own them all! Luckily, there are lots of strategies for controlling weeds without herbicides. So, whether it’s bittercress, thistle or blackberry, join us for tips on how to manage these pesky problems in the garden.

Presenters: Todd Blossom (Blossom Earthworks)and Lara Christensen (Oak Lodge Water Service District)

June 17 - Natural Lawn Care

Yes, it is possible to grow a healthy, green lawn without synthetic fertilizer and pesticides! In this session, you’ll learn about a variety of lawn care techniques that support wildlife health and minimize pollution of our waterways.

Presenters: Alberto Dominguez (DeSantis Landscapes) and Gail Shaloum (Clackamas Water Environment Services)

Special thanks to our sponsor, Clackamas Water Environment Services, and our community partners, North Clackamas Watersheds Council, Oak Lodge Water Services and Jane Morrison of Jennings Lodge.

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