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Wetland Plant Installation Workshop

This workshop has concluded. Resources and documents from the workshop are below listed under each station description below.

May 31, 2019
8 a.m.–noon

Mellow Marsh Farm
1312 Woody Store Road
Siler City, NC 27344

Register early! Attendance is limited to the first 48 people who sign up. To register:

  • Register online
  • Registration will close May 28 or earlier if all spaces are filled.

Continuing education credits: NC LCLB Certified Landscape Contractors – 4 CEUs

Learn how to properly install and maintain wetland and riparian plants to provide the greatest chance for survival. This free, interactive workshop is brought to you by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center and Mellow Marsh Farm.

During this hands-on workshop participants will gain practical, real-world knowledge and skills as they rotate through the following stations:

  • Plant Material –  Tour the nursery and learn about different container sizes and the advantages of each, how to properly and handle and store different plant materials, the commercial and seasonal availability of different species and propagules, and how to order from and work with nurseries, including contract growing
  • The Case for Biodiversity and Native Species – Learn what native plants are and their critical role in functional and healthy ecosystems, especially the native wildlife, insects, and pollinators that depend on native plant species. Discover how understanding biodiversity, habits, and adaption relate to successful stormwater devices.
  • Hands-on Planting Methods for Wetland Plants –  This station includes a demonstration of proper layout, spacing, and planting techniques for various sizes and types of plant material. We will examine planning considerations (construction schedule, weather, water level, existing vegetation, wildlife grazing, etc), staging and layout, and hands-on planting and establishment methods.
  • Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) Update:  What’s working and what’s not working and the current state of (SCM) technology

Please Note: This workshop will be held outside rain or shine! Please dress appropriately for outdoor conditions and uneven terrain, including sturdy footwear (no flip flops please).

Who should attend?
Municipal stormwater management inspectors and staff and other landscape professionals involved in the installation and maintenance of plants in stormwater ponds, constructed wetlands, rain gardens/bioretention, riparian buffers and other stormwater best management practices.

8–8:15 a.m. Registration – coffee and water available
8:15–8:30 a.m. Welcome and workshop overview
8:30–10 a.m. Groups rotate through stations
10–10:15 a.m. Break – light snack and water available
10:15–11:45 a.m. Groups rotate through stations
11:45 a.m.–noon     Evaluation, sign for CEU credits, door prizes and wrap up


From N.C. Cooperative Extension:

  • Mitch Woodward – Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
  • Matt Jones – Horticulture Agent, Chatham County

From Mellow Marsh Farm

  • Sharon Day – Founder; B.S., Biology; Certified Plant Professional
  • Joan McLean – B.S., Botany; M.E.M., Wetland Resources
  • Farrell Moose – Nursery Manager/ Propagation Specialist; Certified Plant Professional


  • For questions about the workshop and registration, email Matt Jones at or call N.C. Cooperative Extension of Chatham County at 919-542-8202
  • For questions about Mellow Marsh Farm, email, call 919-742-1200, or visit their website

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919-542-8202 or email, or in person at the Chatham County Extension Center at least 10 days prior to the event.