SP20 Principles of Ecological Gardening

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Tuesday February 11

12:30 PM  –  3:30 PM

Principles of Ecological Gardening

Instructor: Nina Shippen

Tuesdays, February 11, 18, 25, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

$98 Member | $118 Non-member

Limit: 24 students

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 with complex interdependencies between plants, soils, environment and animals. Students will learn macro ecological concepts, such as niche, competition and succession, that can be applied anywhere, and will explore the ecological principles at play in creating and managing a healthy, self-sustaining garden and landscape. The class will include a survey of trees, shrubs and forbs and the use of ecological perspectives in their placement in a landscape.

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. gardeninadesign.com


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