Rock gardens, boulders, rocky or gravelly soils and stone walls are great places to grow native plants that need excessively well-drained and dry sites. Plants that are normally shy performers like harebell, fire pink, glade coneflower, wild hyacinth and shooting star, suddenly become super stars in rocky gardens. If you are lucky enough to live in areas with exposed bedrock, cliffs or boulders, this master class will introduce you to the world of native plants that are at home there. If not, we will also discuss how to artificially create rock gardens at home in the city. Either way, there are tons of dry-loving species (both plant and animal) waiting for a home on the rocks. What are you waiting for; make it happen!
The master class, to be held via Zoom, will include 50 minutes of instruction with at least 10 minutes for a question and answer period via chat. A recording of the webinar will be available only to those that registered. One CEU for landscape architects will be available.
Cost: free to all MPF dues-paying members and Grow Native! professional members, or $15 for non-members.
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Scott Woodbury is the manager of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, MO, where he has been developing the garden for 30 years. Scott teaches native landscaping classes for Native Plant School, MSD’s Project Clear and the St. Louis Master Gardener program. He is also teaching a new course at St. Louis Community College called Native Landscape Practices. He is a regular speaker, writer and consultant on native landscaping throughout the region. He received a BS degree in horticulture at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has worked at various public gardens including Old Westbury Gardens in New York, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Castello Di Uzzano in Italy, and Tudor Place in Washington D.C. He currently serves as advisor to the horticulture program of St. Louis Community College, Grow Native! and Wild Ones St. Louis. Scott is actively involved in the Partners for Native Landscaping conference, the Shaw Professional Landscaping Series and the small grants programs for The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance and MSD Project Clear.
Photo: Bruce Schuette