09.13.2018 -  
Come Learn to "Restore Community in Your Yard with Native Plants" This workshop will focus on enhancing biodiversity to create healthy habitats in the soil and landscape where you live. We will discuss the major plant communities that were historically found in Kent County, and go over plant species that are best for various soil and light conditions. Communities take time and effort, and are best fostered through attention and care. Once you realize that your yard has the potential to be a community of soil microbes that break down and store carbon, flowers for pollinators & people, leaves for caterpillars, seeds for birds, it's exciting to learn that the best way to do that is with native plants that are unique to this place. Get ready to learn about spring ephemerals, woodland ground-covers and the important layers typically found in a healthy plant community. We will walk outside the Bunker Interpretative Center at the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve to explore their new native plant demonstration gardens. Participants will learn about many of the grasses, wildflowers and shrubs found in Kent County* and will be shown how to design with them for rich and beautiful displays that will not only impress the neighbors but will beckon butterflies, birds and bees to visit! *Particular attention will be given to the plants that will be available to order from our upcoming Native Plant Sale. Presenters: · Amy Heilman, native plant educator/landscape designer and owner of The Living Garden; MSU Extension Master Naturalist; long-standing member of River City Wild Ones, and Founder/Vice President of the Native Plant Guild. · Rebecca Marquardt, landscape architect/owner of Revery; naturalist at Wittenbach Wege Center; MSU Extension Master Gardener and Master Naturalist; member of River City Wild Ones, and founding member of the Native Plant Guild When: Thursday, September 13th, 6pm Where: Bunker Interpretive Center is located in the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve: 1750E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Park in the far side lots and follow the signs through the trail to the nature center. COST: $10 at the door. RSVP: EventBrite or to contact us: call (616) 222-5846. For details, check the website, www.kentconservation.org. $10 at the door donation.