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Extension Gardener Workshop – Gardening With Natives, Part 1

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Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Perennials

Natural areas are being replaced with managed landscapes of non-native turf and plants that do not support native wildlife (e.g. birds and beneficial insects) as well as native plants. But with the right selection of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses, you can attract and support birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife to turn your landscape back into a healthy, functional ecosystem.

Join Matt Jones (Extension Horticulture Agent) and the Master Gardener Volunteers of Chatham County for a presentation and hands-on demonstration on how to garden with native herbaceous perennials and grasses. Participants will learn why native plants are so important for local food webs, how to select plants based on their adaptation to site conditions, aesthetic value, and their capacity to support beneficial insects and other wildlife vital to ecosystem health. We will also explore examples of native perennials adapted to different site conditions and how to provide habitat or leaf, nectar, and pollen forage throughout the year. Master Gardener Volunteers (SM) will help demonstrate proper planting and establishment techniques.

Two identical sessions of this workshop are available to accommodate your schedule:

  • Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. REGISTER
  • Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. REGISTER

The workshop costs $6 per person. Registration and fee payment is required by Apr.12, 2019. Select a date and click on the REGISTER link above.

Both workshops will be held at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center (1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro).

A workshop on native trees, shrubs, and vines is scheduled for April 30th and May 2. Learn more about this workshop.

This workshop is part of the Extension Gardener series of workshops that are open to everyone. It is also part of the Extension Master Gardener℠ Initial Training program. Learn more about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Chatham County.

QUESTIONS? Contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center by calling 919-542-8202 or email

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by March 26, 2019, to Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919-542-8202 or email: