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Bringing Nature Home,

Transitioning to a Beautiful, Water-Wise Native Garden

Workshop Powerpoint presentations:  Beginning Your Transition

  Design Principles   

  Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery plants Sept 2012

  Maintenance of Native Plants

  Audubon at Home Habitat Inventory

  Audubon at Home What is a Heathy Yard?


Native Plant Gardening Workshop fans,

We had a great 1st NP Gardening Workshop in September this year.  I’ve realized that I don't have the time to organize a Workshop again for next year.   We know that Workshops like this one are a great way to reach a new Native Plant audience.  We are looking for a new Workshop organizer, if you are interested in chairing a Workshop.   Chris Lewis, acting NP Gardening Committee Coordinator (cnpschris(AT)

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  It was held on Saturday, Sept 8th was a huge success, not only selling out and having a long waiting list - it was clearly needed!   One attendee writes: “Great opportunity to learn about integrated resource management and pollinators, land management, native garden development, and tools & techniques.”  Paul Teppel, Executive Director of Effie Yeaw welcomed our full house, then came our speakers - Dave Roberts, Paul Weller, Chris Lewis, Alison Shilling, and Julie Serences - all were well received.  The attendees came back enthused from their Nature Walks lead by Kelly Cohen or Jen Hogan and their Wetland Exhibit & Rain Garden Tour with Marilee Flannery.  One attendee summed it up as “Awesome program”.   Our attendees came from the greater Sacramento area as well as good distances like Redding and Nevada City.  About 3/4 of the attendees had never been to the jewel of the American River Parkway: Effie Yeaw Nature Center.  Co-chair Betsy Weiland arranged for all the food, featuring wonderful box lunches from the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop.  It could not have run so smoothly without the help of many additional volunteers: Deb Popejoy, Mary Schiedt, Andy Anderson, Jaclyn Krantz, Kristen Ballew, Rachel Freund.  Thank you one and all.

There are currently no future workshops scheduled.