$35. Limit 15 registrants. Pre-registration is required at http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/select-tours
In Gardening with Nature in Mind: Part 2 we will continue where we left off in Part 1 by delving deeper into topics covered only lightly in the first workshop. There will be more detail on the mechanics of seed saving and its social and political importance; a more complete demonstration of plant propagation techniques; and more on plant and pollinator relationships.
In addition, this session will include elements of food preservation (juicing, freezing, and dehydrating) and foraging from native and other arid climate plants. As with Part 1, this class is not meant to provide all of the answers, but rather to start the discussion and bring together like-minded souls. It is not a class for a person interested in low-maintenance gardening. It is about wise-maintenance gardening. Gardening with nature in mind allows nature and its life forms to do the work they do best for you.
Participants will learn to recognize seeds from a variety of California native, Mediterranean climate, and food producing plants. Additionally, they will be provided with their own heirloom seeds from Seed Savers Exchange to begin the process of seed-saving and creating a basis for a future seed library.
As with Part 1 the focus will be to teach the elements of ecology that are fundamental to healthy land management—be it the home garden, urban farm, or other landscape—in a sustainable way. There will be more focus on available resources than in Part 1, and time for browsing through Judy’s extensive collection of books and periodicals on all things green. Questions will again be encouraged.
Attendees should bring cuttings, divisions, and seeds to swap, and containers for taking home plants from the Adler Garden. This is your opportunity to view Judy’s diverse Mediterranean climate garden in Spring, with its many mature, beautiful California natives.
If you care about sustaining yourself in a healthy fashion and taking the lead in caring for the Earth as well, then this is the class for you.