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Planting and Stewarding Native Meadows

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Berkshire Botanical Garden will hold Planting and Stewarding Native Meadows: An Intensive One-Day Workshop with horticulturist Larry Weaner.

Interest in native meadows as an alternative to lawn is increasing dramatically, Weaner says, but meadows are often misunderstood. Many attempts fail from inadequate planning and management and plants that are poorly adapted to the site and unable to survive in a highly competitive meadow environment.

When the plants and processes reflect the ecological character of native meadow communities, meadows modeled on these ecosystems can provide long-term, easily managed landscapes that harbor wildlife and provide color and texture throughout the year.

The program will begin with a conversation on the design, implementation and management of native meadows on a variety of scales and in residential and public settings and include viewing on-property meadows including a meadow-in-progress and an area with high potential for a future meadow planting.

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Session 1 | Ecological Principles in Meadow Design

While meadows are in high demand, effective tools and guidelines for creating and caring for them are in short supply. This session will delve into meadow design: site analysis, species selection, seed mix formulation, live plants, planting and management.

The group will also talk about shrub thickets and drifts, clonal vs. clump forming species, and the use of shrublands as ecological and visual “connective tissue” between meadow and woods.

Session 2 | Field Visit: Observationand exploration

Through an exploration of the Berkshire Botanical Garden landscape, this session will examine how the principles presented in the introductory presentation play out in various types of meadows.

Session 3 | Meadows on the Garden Scale

Meadow-like plantings can happen beyond large open spaces like pastures, abandoned fields and mowed lawns. In this session, Larry will illustrate how the meadow establishment techniques described in the earlier sessions can be altered to create refined meadow gardens on the small scale, with alterations to plant selection and arrangement, planting procedures and management techniques.

Larry Weaner, FAPLD, founded Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982 and established its educational affiliate New Directions in the American Landscape in 1990. He is nationally recognized for combining expertise in horticulture, landscape design, and ecological restoration.

His design and restoration work spans more than twenty U.S. states and the U.K. and has been profiled in numerous national publications. His book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change received an American Horticultural Society (AHS) Book Award. In 2021 he received the AHS Landscape Design Award and the APLD Award of Distinction. He is also an Honorary Director (2021-2025) of Wild Ones – Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.

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Date:
September 17
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA
413.298.3926

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