Save time and money by integrating native plants as groundcovers in your home garden!


In this interactive workshop, learn how to integrate native groundcovers amidst your perennial beds to reduce the time and energy spent towards editing out unwanted plants. Through mimicking natural landscapes in your home garden, you can cut back on the financial and time resources used to apply wood mulch and spend more time enjoying the garden you created. Participants will practice a hands-on plant layering technique that they can use for future planning of their home landscape. The first two hours of this workshop will be held indoors, followed by 30 minutes of outdoor observation of Horn Farm's perennial beds. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

About the instructor:

Elyse Jurgen is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and Ecological/Permaculture Designer, holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education, and participated in Cornell University’s Civic Ecology certification program. She studied ecological gardening at Mt. Cuba Center and has trained under Claudia West. Elyse works alongside homeowners in a participatory approach to their gardening for wildlife needs, infusing educational opportunities during the design, install, and management process. She invites homeowners to deeply engage with their land to maximize its potential in supporting dwindling bee, butterfly, and bird populations. As an Artist in Residence with the PA Council on the Arts, she engages youth in a STEAM ecological landscape design process, where students build empathy for a critter of choice and research how to build the necessary habitat needs to support that critter right in their own schoolyard. As the coordinator of the Lancaster Schoolyard Habitat partnership, she then works with the National Wildlife Federation, along with other federal, state, and local partners to collaboratively implement and manage the schoolyard habitats, in order to sustain these spaces for wildlife conservation and cross-curricular learning.

March 14th, 2020 9:00 AM   through   11:30 AM
Horn Farm Center
4945 Horn Road
York, PA 17406
United States
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Event Fee(s)
Green Mulch $ 37.00

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