SP20 Creating a Multi-Use Native Plant Garden

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Saturday February 29

9:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

Creating a Multi-Use Native Plant Garden

Instructors: Sarah Coury and Ben Pick

Saturday, February 29; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

$44 Member | $54 Non-member

Limit: 24 students

BREG Elective - 3 Hours


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Native plants are beautiful, low maintenance, ecologically beneficial, and bestow a distinct sense of place to cultivated landscapes. This class will guide students in planning a native garden to serve multiple purposes including ornamental interest in all seasons, edible plants, cut flowers, and wildlife habitat. Native plant sourcing, propagation, and options for various site conditions will be discussed. Includes hands-on propagation of native flower seed for participants to take home. 

Sarah Coury co-owns Saturnia Farm in Haywood County, which specializes in holistic production of perennials, natives plants and cut flowers. She helps manage several large gardens in Asheville, and formerly worked as a horticulturalist at TNCA. Sarah's background is in wildlife conservation, and her passion is creating multi-use garden spaces that provide both high habitat value for native plants and animals, and the healing qualities of beauty for people.

Ben Pick grew up in Asheville and has been deeply influenced by his time in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since graduating from NC State University in Horticulture Design, he has traveled and gained experience in many different gardens. He now runs a small garden services company, Meadow Edge LLC, and also co-owns a specialty plant nursery, Saturnia Farm, in Clyde, North Carolina. 


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