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St. Mary’s College of Maryland to Host Conservation Landscaping and Native Plant Workshop


April 24, 2012
Press Release #12-058

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University of Maryland Extension Watershed Restoration Specialists Amanda Rockler and Jackie Takacs will lead a conservation landscaping and native plant workshop on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Goodpaster Hall, Room 186 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The workshop is sponsored by the St. Mary’s Arboretum Association.

The workshop will address simple landscaping practices that can be used to lessen the negative environmental impact caused by landscaping in the Chesapeake watershed area. Specifically, attendees will learn about creating habitats for local wildlife, the effects of invasive and native plant species, and how to minimize toxic chemical use. Accompanying the workshop will be an outdoor planting demonstrating proper use of native plant species to improve wildlife habitats and air and water quality.

The workshop and planting will be held rain or shine and may be messy: attendees are advised to wear clothing that can get dirty.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jackie Takacs at takacs@mdsg.umd.edu.