Growing Together 2022 Western Spring Garden Seminar. Saturday, March 12, 2022. Brought to you by Western Wisconsin Master Gardener Associations from: Barron, Dunn, Chippewa Valley, Eau Claire and St.Croix Valley.
9:30 am. Gravel Gardens — Gardens that Rock!
Jeff Epping from Olbrich Botanical Gardens
The talk will look at earth-friendly gravel gardens that require less of just about everything – water, mulch, energy, chemicals and most importantly labor – but give back so much more. Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, created a number of gravel gardens at Olbrich and in his own home garden that you can easily incorporate into your home landscape, as well. Don’t confuse these gardens with tradition-al rock or alpine gardens that look more rocky than green and require a great deal of time to maintain. These sustainable gravel gardens are as colorful as any perennial planting around, provide food and habit for pollinators and other in-sects and require up to 80% less maintenance than a tradition-al perennial planting. Jeff will show you how to replace conventional lawns, expensive annual plantings, and labor-intensive perennial beds with these easy-to-maintain gravel gardens. If you want a garden that truly rocks, look no further than a gravel garden.
11 am. Creating an Organic Bee Lawn Bob Dahm, aka Dr. Organic
Bob Dahm, aka Dr. Organic is the owner of Organic Lawn Care Service in the Twin Cities. His service creates alternatives to traditional lawns including lawns that encourage bees. He believes that lawns are a barren desert to a foraging bee. Even weed flowers like Creeping Charlie and dandelions are not as healthy for bees as we once thought. Organic Bee Lawn was developed by the University of Minnesota Bee Lab to help connect habitat islands and achieve genetic diversity and increase habitat. Even a small corner of your lawn can make a difference. Plant a bee lawn today!
Cost: $5. The Spring Garden Seminar will be presented via You Tube Live. Attendees will receive the link the day before the seminar. More information at https://www.eauclaireareamastergardener.org/