Workshops

  • We offer a variety of in-depth workshops throughout the year, all with exceptional instructors. These programs are open to individual enrollment, and they equip participants with skills for creating and managing native plant landscapes rich in biodiversity.
  • Program locations vary as noted. Pre-registration is required.
  • CEUs for APLD and NOFA as indicated for each program.
  • To register, click on the title link to go to the online registration page. Thanks for joining us!

 

Reading the Winter Landscape

Instructor: Meredith Gallogly, Manager of Programs, Grow Native Massachusetts
March 16, 2019 (Saturday) |  10:00 am – 12:15 pm
CEUs:  APLD (1 credit) and NOFA-AOLCP (2.25 credits)

Member $28  |  Non-member $38  |  Workshop Sponsor $100
Prospect Hill Park, Waltham, MA 

This workshop will be conducted entirely in the field. Enrollment is limited to 15 people.

A woodland in winter may seem empty and inscrutable, with its leafless trees and shrubs melding into an indistinguishable mass. But the bareness of this landscape brings other subtler features into focus, and once you learn to see them a dormant woodland will seem to burst with life. Join Meredith to practice reading the winter landscape, from understanding how evergreen plants cope with freezing weather to identifying woody plants from bark and buds. We will discuss how the change of seasons is intrinsic to the life cycles of plants and other organisms, and find lessons from these natural communities that will help us bring full-season ecological functionality and beauty to our designed landscapes and gardens.

Meredith Gallogly is the Manager of Programs at Grow Native Massachusetts. She is a skilled botanist, and much of her plant identification knowledge comes from her explorations of metro-Boston area parks and reservations. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Smith College. 

Grow a Meadow, Large or Small

Instructor: Kathy Connolly, Teacher and Writer; Owner, Speaking of Landscapes
April 13, 2019 (Saturday)  |   10:00 am – 4:00 pm
CEUs: 
APLD (3 credits) and NOFA-AOLCP (5.5 credits)

Member $78  |  Non-member $88  |  Workshop Sponsor $150
Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA

A native meadow is an ecologically vibrant landscape, providing food and habitat to native pollinators and other wildlife. But installing and maintaining a meadow is quite different than tending more traditional garden plantings, and understanding why is critical to creating a successful, lasting meadow landscape. Designer Kathy Connolly will lead this intensive seminar, covering everything from the definition of a meadow, to site selection and preparation, the relationship of grasses and flowering species, and proper maintenance protocols. Class enrollment includes Kathy’s extensive plant lists and design resources. This is a great course for anyone from home gardeners to professional landscapers looking to take a deep dive into the in’s and out’s of meadow-making.

Kathy Connolly is a landscape designer, writer, and teacher, who brings over 20 years of experience in creating and tending meadows. She works with a range of clients from homeowners to state parks to develop meadows and other naturalized plantings, and has taught workshops throughout New England. Kathy has a Master’s degree in landscape design from the Conway School. 

Spring Greetings from Woodland Wildflowers

Instructor: Meredith Gallogly, Manager of Programs, Grow Native Massachusetts
May 23, 2019 (Thursday)  |   5:30 pm – 7:45 pm
CEUs: 
APLD (1 credit) and NOFA-AOLCP (2.25 credits)

Member $28  |  Non-member $38  |  Workshop Sponsor $100
Middlesex Fells Reservation, Medford, MA

Every spring in New England, we are greeted by a beautiful bouquet of flowers blooming throughout our woodlands. Many of these plants emerge early to soak up the sun before the forest canopy has fully leafed out, and quite a few species have co-evolved with early-emerging insect pollinators, resulting in unique, interdependent life cycles. Spring wildflowers are often delicate in appearance, belying their amazingly toughness and adaptability. Join Meredith to see old favorites, discover new ones, and learn the best ways to incorporate them into a designed landscape. 

Meredith Gallogly is the Manager of Programs at Grow Native Massachusetts. She is a skilled botanist, and much of her plant identification knowledge comes from her explorations of metro-Boston area parks and reservations. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Smith College. 

Landscaping for Bird Diversity

Instructor: Claudia Thompson, Founder, Grow Native Massachusetts
June 8, 2019 (Saturday)  |   9:30 am – 11:30 am
CEUs: 
APLD (1 credit) and NOFA-AOLCP (2 credits)

Member $32  |  Non-member $42  |  Workshop Sponsor $100
Jennison Hall at Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Do you aspire to create landscapes with genuine ecological value for a wide array of avian species— from songbirds, to raptors, owls, woodpeckers, and more? Claudia will lead an in-depth exploration of the principles and practices for achieving this objective, based on understanding the essential habitat requirements for bird survival. Our examination starts, of course, with the importance of native plants. Then we will take a deeper look at the value of different canopy layers, preferred planting strategies, techniques for providing water, and the critical role of active ecological systems to avian survival. We finish by considering our human interactions with birds. What are the pros and cons of feeding birds directly, through seed and suet? Do nest boxes really help our native songbirds to breed? And given the threats from both human activity and non-native bird species, how can we tilt the balance in favor of our native songbirds?

Claudia Thompson is nationally recognized as a leader in the native plant movement, and was featured as one of the “Wild Ones” in Garden Design magazine along with Doug Tallamy, Darrel Morrison, and others. Claudia’s happiest moments are spent in her own garden where she has recorded 80 species of birds using the habitat she and her husband have created on their small urban parcel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Diversity and Ecological Value of Native Shrubs

Instructor: Meredith Gallogly, Manager of Programs, Grow Native Massachusetts
June 15, 2019 (Saturday)  |   10:00 am – 12:15 pm
June 19, 2019 (Wednesday)   |  5:30 pm – 7:45 pm

CEUs: 
APLD (1 credit) and NOFA-AOLCP (2.25 credits)

Member $28  |  Non-member $38  |  Workshop Sponsor $100
Stony Brook Reservation, Hyde Park, MA

This workshop will be conducted entirely in the field. Enrollment is limited to 15 people.

June is the peak time for many of our loveliest flowering shrubs. Join Meredith to learn about the diverse mix of native shrub species found in this area, many of which have tremendous wildlife value as host plants for the larvae of moths and butterflies. This program will cover the basics of woody plant identification, and highlight underutilized species that have tremendous potential for use in challenging landscape settings. 

Meredith Gallogly is the Manager of Programs at Grow Native Massachusetts. She is a skilled botanist, and much of her plant identification knowledge comes from her explorations of metro-Boston area parks and reservations. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Smith College.