Friday, October 14, 2011

Protecting Watersheds: Rain Gardens in our Landscapes

There are so many great seminars and workshops this fall, that there is no excuse for the eco-friendly gardener to get bored! Here is another one I just found out about on Rain Gardens.

What: "Protecting Watersheds: Rain Gardens in our Landscapes"
Where: Common Good City Farm
When: Saturday, October 22, 2-4pm

"Come see Common Good City Farm's rain garden and learn how to design your own as an attractive way to prevent water run-off from polluting our watersheds. USGS scientist Dean Hively will talk about the relevance and importance of diverting water run-off, and plants that thrive in rain gardens. This workshop is free, but we are suggesting a $25 donation if you earn more than minimum wage."

Saturday, October 22, 2-4pm at Common Good City Farm, V. St, NW between 2nd and 4th Sts.

Please visit Common Good City Farm's  website to register.

Submitted by:

Kate Lee
Farm Manager
Common Good City Farm
V Street NW between 2nd and 4th Streets
Washington, DC 20001

Common Good City Farm's mission is to grow food, educate, and help low-income DC community members meet their food needs. Our programs provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating and environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Garden Design - Seminar

What: Sustainable Design

When: October 28, 2011 – 12:00pm – 1:00 pm

Where: U.S. Botanic Garden
Nick Nelson, USBG Landscape Architect

Put into practice the techniques of sustainable design, without compromising aesthetics! Nick will show you how, as he provides tricks of the trade like grouping plants that have similar requirements but are complementary, in addition to broader topics, like the visualization and creation of dynamic spaces.

The USBG, in partnership with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, has developed Landscape for Life, a program for home owners on sustainable gardening and based on the principles behind the Sustainable Sites Initiative. This  Landscape for Life series serves to highlight how home gardeners can incorporate sustainability into their personal landscapes. These brown bag lectures can be done individually or as a series.

Code: LH102811

Location: Conservatory Classroom

FREE: Pre-registration required

Early registration ends on 08/14/2011.
Regular registration starts on 08/15/2011 and ends on 10/29/2011.

Building Good Garden Soil

What: Building Good Garden Soil

Where:  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, VA

When:  Saturday, November 12, 9 AM – 12 PM

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, VA, is holding a workshop on Saturday, November 12, 9 AM – 12 PM called "Building Good Garden Soil." From the course catalog: Everything starts with the soil, and late fall/ winter is a good time to begin building your soil for spring gardening! Learn the characteristics of basic soil types, and how to analyze your own soils. Soil types and characteristics, amendment techniques, drainage, and more are discussed. Receive a soil test kit to start you on the quest for the perfect soil for your garden! $41 / $30 members

For more information, visit the Lewis Ginter Classes website  or call (804) 262-9887

Submitted by Judy Thomas.  Visit her  garden blog at and her VirginiaOrganicGardener pod cast on itunes!

Turning a New Leaf Conference

It's in Pennsylvania but it's about taking care of our Bay. And early registration is ending Saturday!!

Fourth "Turning a New Leaf" Conference
Friday, December 2, 2011

Double Tree Resort by Hilton
Lancaster, PA


Early Registration through October 15
$89 members; $99 non-members; $49 Student

Registration after October 15
$109 members; $119 non-members; $59 student

The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council announces its fourth sustainable landscaping conference. This conference brings together landscaping professionals, environmental non-profits, and government agencies to exchange information and network. From the science of storm water management to native plant marketing techniques, this conference focuses on innovative practices to improve your business and the health of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information, visit their website: Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council

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