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Extension Gardener Workshop and Webinar

September 20, 2023 9:00-11:00 a.m. (in-person) &  6:00-7:30 p.m. (Online)

Short bush with tall purple flowers.

Photo: Jim Robbins CC By NC ND 3.0

Natural areas are being replaced with managed landscapes of non-native turf and plants that may not support native wildlife as much as native vegetation. 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.

Register for the in-person workshop: 9/20/23 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Location)

Register for the online webinar: 9/20/23 6:00- 7:30 p.m.

These classes are part of the Extension Gardener series of workshops that are open to everyone. It is also part of the Extension Master Gardener℠ program. More information 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

Subscribe to the Chatham Gardener email list to receive announcements of upcoming Extension events and timely updates on sustainable lawn, garden, and landscape care for the central NC Piedmont.

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