AE21 Principles of Ecological Gardening

Wednesday June 9

1:00 PM  –  2:30 PM


Principles of Ecological Gardening

ONLINE* Four Sessions: Wednesdays, June 9, 16, 23, and 30; 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Nina Shippen

$85 Member | $105 Non-member

BREG Core requirement


Ecological gardening is a way of thinking about the designed landscape in which gardens are no longer seen as a collection of plants, but as a community complex interdependencies among plants, soils, environment and animals. Join this informative and interactive online class to learn ecologically sustainable practices for gardening on your site. Open to gardeners of all levels of interest and ability, this course and Methods of Ecological Gardening (to be offered in October) are foundational courses required for the Arboretum's Blue Ridge Eco-Gardener Certificate of Merit program. Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is a recommended text for the course.


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in a reminder email sent to registrants by the day prior to the event. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts. 


**Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.



Nina Shippen practices residential landscape and garden design through her company Gardeniña, which focuses on coupling the principles of healing gardens with sound ecologic practices to create satisfying gardens for her clients. A graduate of the landscape design program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, she has lived and gardened in Transylvania County since 2005.


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