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A Beginner's Guide to Gardening with Native Plants

"A bluish colored, funnel-formed flower in lowlands in bloom." Thomas Jefferson, April 16, 1766
As Jefferson realized, our area is blessed with an incredible diversity of native flora. The bluebells he enjoyed and described in his Garden Book are still blooming in his lowlands. Learn to garden with native herbaceous and woody plants with the ultimate goal of having a naturalistic looking garden. We will cover identification, soil, and other needs of some of our most beloved natives. Also, pollinators and other invertebrates will be discussed as well as recommendations on tools, fertilization, and mulching. First two classes are indoors, third class is a visit to the instructor's home garden in Ivy.

Instructor Bio:

Fran Boninti has been a Master Gardener since 1991 and has over 12,000 volunteer hours. She was the state horticulture chair for Garden Club of Virginia, is a graduate of the first Charlottesville Tree Steward class, and was on the board at Ivy Creek for nine years and a guide for 22 years. She has also been a Monticello garden guide with "Monticello Saturdays in the Garden" for 17 years. She is a charter member of the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.

Recommended Reading:

Tallamy, Doug and Darke, Rick. Bringing Nature Home, 2011. Cullina, William. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines, 2002. Cullina, William. Growing and Propagating Wildflowers, 2000.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A306 Fran Boninti Mar 14, 21, Apr 11 We 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Country Inn and Suites WL

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