18th Annual Snow Goose Festival

Workshop: Less Lawn, More Wildlife - Gardens as Habitat

Workshop: Less Lawn, More Wildlife - Gardens as Habitat

$8 Adult; $5 Youth

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop is at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)


Lawns are wonderful for children to play on, dogs to run on, and the expanse of green is certainly appreciated in the heat of the summer. Lawns, however, use large quantities of water and fertilizer, need mowing, and provide little to no habitat for insects and birds. In this workshop I will discuss the nuts and bolts of converting a lawn into a wildlife friendly garden for pollinators and birds. Methods of eliminating lawns - irrigation conversion - design considerations - and plant choices will be covered. We will also talk about Altacal's Neighborhood Habitat Certification Program.


John Whittlesey

John Whittlesey owns Canyon Creek Nursery & Design. He has served as the horticulture chairperson for the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and is a graduate of the California School of Garden Design. His book, The Plant Lover's Guide to Salvias, published by Timber Press, was released in the spring of 2014. John is passionate about changing the way we garden to provide more habitat for birds, pollinators and all forms of wildlife.

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