Gardening for Diversity: Selecting Native Species


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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
6:30pm Add to Calendar

Council Bluffs Public Library - Meeting Room B
400 Willow Ave
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Ages 14+


Perfect for beginning gardeners and anyone who is interested in supporting native plantings in their outdoor spaces, Gardening for Diversity will give you the confidence and background knowledge you need to grow a beautiful native garden that supports local wildlife and provides other great benefits for you and your community!  

Not all plants are appropriate for every site and learning what species will flourish at your site helps with the longevity and health of your garden. This third session covers what you need to consider to choose plant species that will thrive and reweave the food web. The light, water, and soil conditions of your site, the size of your garden plot, the region you live in, and your budget are all important in choosing plant species, numbers of plants, and seeds vs. plugs. We will also review options to obtain native plants. 

Ages 14+ please. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Please meet in Meeting Room B.

Participants can pick and choose which sessions they would like to attend, but we recommend attending as many as possible to ensure you build a strong foundational knowledge. 

Session topics include: 

Part 1: Introduction to Pollinators and Native Plants, March 15th
Part 2: Native Garden Basics, April 19th
Part 3: Selecting Native Species, May 3rd
Part 4: Garden Prep & Groundwork, May 17th

 Michelle Biodrowski

About Michelle: 

Michelle received a masters degree in biology from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She is on the board of the Pollinator Alliance of the Heartland. She currently works with farmers to convert unproductive ag lands into life-giving wetlands with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She loves helping people reconstruct native plant communities and grow beautiful gardens full of life

*In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather participants will be notified via the email address provided during registration.  

Cancellation Policy

Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the program date by calling 712-242-1197 and speaking with staff directly.

2023 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie Conservation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

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