Native Plant Workshop – Saturday, April 1

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Little River Wetlands Project, and the Northeast Chapter offer the Native Plant Workshop, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10A-12N. The workshop teaches area homeowners and business owners how to enrich and protect Indiana’s diverse ecology by applying simple landscaping solutions.

The event will be held at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN. To sign up, contact the Fort Wayne Parks Department at 260.427.6000. There’s a $10 registration fee. Attendees must register by March 24, 2017. All participants will receive a native seed packet. The Botanical Conservatory will validate parking when attendees use the Civic Center Parking Garage, located on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Calhoun Streets.

Indiana experts teach workshop participants how to: 

  • Understand why native plants are critical to a healthy, diverse Indiana ecology.
  • Recognize, remove, and manage invasive species lurking in Indiana’s backyards and business landscapes.
  • Create simple, pollinator-friendly corridors by using native plants in landscaping.

 Landowners water less, attract wildlife, with native species

Betsy Yankowiak, preserves and programs director for Little River Wetlands Project, says landowners are surprised to learn they currently host one or more destructive invasive species on their property—and those species are taking a toll on Indiana’s plant and wildlife diversity. “Our first native plant workshop in November 2016 was an overwhelming success,” Yankowiak says. “Because of intense interest in the subject, we’re repeating the workshop. Now, more homeowners and business owners can benefit.”  

Past land management decisions were detrimental to plant species that belong in Indiana. Yankowiak is encouraged that Indiana residents want to learn how they can help. “Once landowners learn about native versus non-native plants, they become empowered to create pockets of natural habitat,” says Yankowiak. “Landowners benefit by more than just an increase in birds and beneficial pollinators—they water less, too.”

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