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Creating and Sustaining Backyard Biodiversity – a Workshop

May 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

photo GPlunkett

photo GPlunkett

This workshop could be called Natural Landscaping 101. It will cover both principles and practices – how to think and how to do – for creating and sustaining working natural communities in a suburban setting. Garry Plunkett will share his 30-year experience with a complex of micro-habitats he developed on a two-acre, empty building lot.

His “successional landscape” includes a meadow, a shrub thicket, a woodland that surrounds a small pond and marsh. Attendees will learn how each of these “evolved,” and how they are now maintained to be both wild and beautiful. Topics include plant selection and sourcing, invasive plant control, dealing with marsh muck, and optimum mowing routines for both warm and cool season grasses.

The workshop will convene at the Tiverton Public Library with a classroom slide presentation to explore broad principles and aesthetics of created ecosystems, followed by a slide show of the property through the seasons. After a lunch break, the class will reconvene at the property for a tour and on-site discussions.

Bring your own lunch.

Instructor — Garry Plunkett has had a lifelong interest in natural ecosystems. Following his career in the U.S. Navy he pursued personal studies in plant ecology, and completed the New England Wildflower Society Advanced Certificate program in field botany in 2003. He has subsequently taught courses in that program associated with New England forests, natural landscaping, meadows, and native ferns. He is Stewardship Coordinator for the Tiverton Open Space Commission and an Advisor to the Tiverton Land Trust.
Participants – minimum 7, maximum 15
Fee – $25.00; $15.00 RIWPS members

Advance Registration Required


May 11, 2016
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Tiverton Public Library
34 Roosevelt Ave.
Tiverton, RI,
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