In Minnesota, there are many native plant areas but there are a lot of non native plant areas as well. Each type of area has benefits and drawbacks. Do you know what they are? If not, you have an unique opportunity on September 19, from 5:30-7:30 to learn about native plants. This event will take place at Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester, Minnesota.
This session, Native Plants, will be taught by six local experts and will discuss the benefits of native plants, how to identify them, the maintenance of native areas, as well as give you a guided tour of native plantings. On that tour, you will have an opportunity to take seeds home.
If this topic is of interest, please come to the class taught by the six experts. They will cover areas such as the definition of natives and non natives, the benefits of natives such as storm water management, beautification, wildlife habitat, and lower maintenance costs. Additionally, they will discuss how to design for natives and what it takes to maintain them such as weeding, water, mower, burning and or dividing. If you are interested or need more information about this event, you can call 507-328-2440 or contact the the learning center online or via email.
If while you are at this workshop you do not increase your knowledge and or awareness of natives plants or how to identify them, the goal will not have been reached. Do not forget, part of the time will be spent outside to identify plants and collect seeds. Dress accordingly! It might be helpful to bring small containers to place the seeds collected into. Above all, make sure to have fun enjoying the fall colors!