This program is the first of two, specifically designed for the volunteers at our May and June plant sales. This class is a valuable learning opportunity for our volunteers to pass onto the public. Volunteers will learn how to use native plants to create beautiful, well-balanced, and thriving landscapes. Backyards represent opportunities for our native plants, animals, birds, and pollinators. A garden can be turned into a living ecosystem that will provide food, water, shelter, and safe places for wildlife. Volunteers will learn about a number of plants available at the sale, including their growing conditions.
Karen Asher, the presenter, is a native plant specialist and former president of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society. She holds a certificate in native plant studies with a focus on field botany from the New England Wildflower Society and she volunteers in its plant conservation program assessing the status of rare species in Rhode Island. She has published articles on native plants and works on the Rhody Native Project at URI. She has taught classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI.
At this session volunteers will also meet with the section leaders of the plant sales.
The second program for volunteers on May 20 will focus on the grasses, ferns and shrubs available at the June sale.
SIGN UP BELOW. Not yet contacted the plant sales committee to let them know you wish to volunteer? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Linda McDaniel – 401-353-6577