Designing For Habitat

The Marin Art & Garden Center presents Designing for Habitat. Habitat gardens contain a profusion of foliage and flowers that create a feeling of sanctuary around us, making us happy- while sustaining wildlife. Flowers provide nectar and pollen resources that many beneficial insects and bees require.  Shrubs and trees provide birds with plant structural diversity to nest and perch, and seeds and berries to feed on.  Over 90% of birds feed their young insects, so where there are enough insects for fledglings, there is more potential for successful nesting.  Let’s fill your garden with bees, birds, butterflies and more!  This course will focus on how to set up and structure your habitat garden and what plants to design for.  Course topics include:
• Site analysis
• Soil health/irrigation
• Wildlife overview
• Natives vs non-native plants
• Plant varieties
• Seasonal plants
• Design
Instruction will focus on organic, ecologically sound practices appropriate to our dry summer climate.  Two-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, educator and renowned horticulturist and designer Kate Frey and local landscape manager and designer, Christa Moné, will share their expertise developed over many years in Northern California and internationally.  The American Garden School is excited to offer this course with the Marin Art & Garden Center in their beautiful wildlife-friendly garden setting.  Class will end with a casual reception including delicious small bites and local wine.

Cost:   $130 per person
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