SP18 Intro to Ecological Gardening Part One: Principles

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Thursday May 17

9:15 AM  –  12:15 PM

Introduction to Ecological Gardening
Part One: Principles C
A THREE-WEEK CLASS
Instructor: Nina Shippen
Thursdays, May 17, 24, 31; 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$88 member / $98 Non-member
Limit: 20 students
Core requirement for BREG Certificate

Ecological gardening is a way of thinking about the created designed landscape in which gardens are no longer seen as a collection of plants, but a community with complex interdependencies between plants, soils, environment, and animals. Part One will introduce macro ecological concepts such as niche, competition and succession 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 their use in residential settings, and the use of ecologic perspectives in their placement. This course serves as a prerequisite for Part Two: Methods and offers a framework for understanding other BREG courses.


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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