AE22 Eco Gardening: Principles in Practice

Wednesday September 7

3:00 PM  –  4:30 PM

Eco Gardening: Principles in Practice

Eight Sessions: ONLINE* Wednesdays and Fridays, September 7-30; 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Nina Shippen

$225 Non-member **(**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)

BREG - Core (Formerly 2 classes: Principles of Eco Gardening and Methods of Eco Gardening | NCEE Criteria III***


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 of complex interdependencies among plants, soils, environment and animals. Ecology-based methods used in design, site assessment, planning, planting and management are all covered. Gardeners of all levels of interest and ability will find this informative and interactive online class valuable for learning ecologically sustainable practices that you can adapt and apply in gardening on your site. The class is a core requirement for the Arboretum's Blue Ridge Eco Gardener Certificate of Merit program (combining Principles and Methods of Ecological Gardening from previous years).

An optional onsite practicum will be held Thursday, September 22 from 4 - 6 p.m.


Recommended texts:

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West.

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy. On order at the Arboretum’s Connections Gallery and at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville with member discount.


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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