Design your garden with winter aesthetics and wildlife in mind!


Our home gardens are often designed for the warm growing season, overlooking the potential of a stunning winter garden with snow-capped seed heads and hints of green. In this workshop, participants will learn about 20 native plants that are best as a winter highlight in the home garden and tips on supporting nesting wild bees, overwintering butterflies, and songbirds throughout the cold winter months. Winter is an excellent time to engage in garden design, so the last 30 minutes will be designated for participants to work on designing their home gardens, in collaboration with class peers and Elyse. Please bring any measurements of your space that you seek assistance in designing. This workshop will be held indoors.

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.

February 29th, 2020 9:00 AM   through   11:00 AM
Horn Farm Center
4945 Horn Road
York, PA 17406
United States
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Event Fee(s)
Native Plants for Winter Interest and Wildlife $ 30.00

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