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Local author to release new native plant landscaping book March 28th

Frank Porter, a local author and native plant landscaping expert, is pleased to announce the publication of his new book, Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants.

Now is the time to save our natural plant heritage—before it’s too late. In Back to Eden, Frank Porter rediscovers the plants that once covered our landscapes and teaches us the secrets of how to propagate
and grow these botanical treasures. This book is for beginners, as well as the experienced.

Here you’ll:

-Learn how to establish a native plant garden.
-Read about the silent garden invaders.
-Discover how to make a rain garden.
-Grow your garden without fertilizer.
-Understand the importance of using native grasses and plants.
-The information in this book applies to states extending from Maine to Florida and east of the Mississippi River.

Many species are common throughout this vast area. Others are restricted to particular geographic regions. You will discover new plants to incorporate into your garden.

Using native plants in the landscape


 When: March 28, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Mulberry Community Center

260 Mulberry Avenue

Pomeroy, Ohio 45769

Guest Speakers:

Carolyn Summers – Keynote Speaker

“Gardens Filled With Life: Designing with Northeastern Flora”

Peter Heus

“Creating a Groundcover with Native Plants”

Eric Boyda

” Invasive Plants: More than a Weed”

Dr. Frank W. Porter

“Using Native Grasses and Sedges in the Landscape”

Hal Kneen

” Using Natives Doesn’t Make It Right”

Native plants are increasingly finding their way into our gardens. Sometimes, they are individual specimens that have been randomly stuck in amongst an array of non-native species. Who has not driven by a house with a large clump of Purple Coneflower surrounded by Cosmos, Petunias, and Marigolds? On other occasions, one can find a garden filled with a conglomeration of native plants, giving the appearance of an English cottage garden. There is a design and purpose to creating a native plant garden or restoring a land-scape to its natural setting. One must first learn to identify the species to be used and understand their growing requirements. Site preparation is essential to the survival of these plants. The design of the garden must take into consideration the proper combination of species to be used. And, once established in the garden, the gardener must know how to maintain the plants year to year.

Workshop registration costs $30.00 and the spots fill up quick.  Follow this link to learn more about the workshop and how to register! NativePlantWorkshop