I got this email on Wednesday from Carol Capobianco, director of the Native Plant Center at WCC, and thought I would pass it along.
Their Spring Landscape Conference on March 16, on native edible plants, looks particularly good. And of course their annual plant sale, on April 25, is always a winner. Looks like you can already start ordering plants, through the pre-sale offer.
Native Plant Center Events January–Early May 2015
All located at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
For more information, see nativeplantcenter.org or call 914-606-7870
Native Plant Pre-Sale, through late February:A great mix of native plants are offered in various sizes to suit all needs. For a catalog, plant photos, and order form, click here.
Go Native U Class, Native Conifers: Explore the beauty and diversity of conifers native to the Northeast, including the numerous cultivated forms and varieties. Learn the many ways they support wildlife, and their use in designed landscapes.
Wed., Jan. 28, 6–8 p.m., $55. Carolyn Summers. To register: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
Go Native U Course, Common Sense Landscaping: Break away from outdated practices and create a living landscape that helps the environment.
3 Sat., Feb. 14–28, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $130. Pete Muroski. Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
Go Native U Class, Shade Gardening: From Wet to Dry: Gardening in the shade can be both beautiful and ecological with the right selection of native plants.
Wed., Feb. 18, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., $55. Kim Eierman. To register: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
Go Native U Class, Proper Pruning Practices: Learn the proper techniques and methods for pruning deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees. Dress for the weather; bring pruners for hands-on work.
Sat., March 7, 10 a.m.–-2:30 p.m., $115. Ann Perkowski. To register: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
Go Native U Class, Introduction to Native Plant Communities: Find out about the groupings of native plants that grow together naturally in the wild and how to garden with this approach.
Wed., March 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., $55. Kim Eierman. To register: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
Spring Landscape Conference
Natives that Nourish: Planting an Edible Landscape
Monday, March 16, 2015, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
(Snow date: Friday, March 20)
Native edible plants can be incorporated into landscapes to provide beauty and food for people and wildlife alike. Learn about the historical and present-day uses of these plants and how to mimic natural systems in designing a native edible garden.
Presentations and speakers
Eating on Mannahatta: The Plants that Sustained Native Americans, Eric W. Sanderson, PhD
Landscaping with Native Edible Fruits and Nuts, Lee Reich, PhD
Edible Herbaceous Natives for the Garden, Ellen Zachos
Mimicking Nature: Healthy Edible Ecosystems by Design, Dave Jacke
Go Native U Class, Ferns of the Northeast: Explore the distinguishing characteristics of the 30 most common ferns native to the region.
Wed., March 25, 7–-9:30 p.m., $70 (+$5 materials fee payable to instructor). Michael Penziner. To register: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
Go Native U Class, Native Perennials: Spring/Summer: Discover the many herbaceous plants that will enhance your garden while providing food and shelter for native bees, butterflies, birds, and more.
Sat., March 28, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., $55. Barbara Fischer. To register: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
16th Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Thousands of beautiful, beneficial native plants await your choosing at our annual sale. This year we will be offering a large selection of edible natives. No need to wait: Other native plant species are available to order during our pre-sale, which ends in late February. Click here to see the catalog and plants and to download an order form.
Go Native U Class, Plant Identification in the Field: Move outside the classroom to learn how to identify plants using a taxonomic key.
Sat., May 2, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., $55. Jessica Schuler. To register: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
Go Native U Class, Advanced Plant Identification in the Field: Spend the class outdoors practicing the use of field guides and plant ID keys. Pre-requisite: Plant Identification in the Field or equivalent. Meet in the Lady Bird Johnson Demonstration Garden on the college campus.
Sat., May 2, 12:30–-2:30 p.m., $55. Jessica Schuler. To register: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1.