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Knee Deep in Prairies
August 26, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One of the great glories of Riveredge is the 35 acres of mature prairie plantings, legacy of Andy Larsen, who served as director of Riveredge from soon after its founding in 1968 until 2001. Andy’s vision and work with volunteers transformed worn-out farmland into the spectacular prairie community of today. From pasque flowers in the spring to myriad summer blooming plants, to the gentian, goldenrod and asters of fall, prairies are a constantly changing place of wonder.
At Knee Deep, you’ll explore and learn about these fascinating ecosystems with a full day of hands on learning sessions with the experts in prairie ecology. Sessions range from learning how to plant a prairie in your backyard to learning how to maintain an established prairie.
With great breakout sessions, beautiful tours, a delicious lunch, and keynote speaker Neil Diboll, an early champion of prairie and native plant use, you don’t want to miss out on this event!
Prairie Plants for Urban and Suburban Gardens
Many of our native prairie flowers and grasses make excellent garden plants. The showy blooms and ornamental textures of the grasses provide so many opportunities to create low maintenance, ecologically sound landscapes that require little or no fertilizers, pesticides and watering. The North American Prairie is dominated by perennials that can be included in “pure prairie” gardens, or mixes with other more traditional perennials. Neil will highlight the showiest and best-behaved prairie plants for creating a wide variety of prairie gardens in small areas.
Non-Members: $45 per person
Riveredge Members: $40 per person
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