University of Washington Botanic Gardens Presents: Wildlife-Friendly Landscape Design and Maintenance

Thursday, November 6, 8:30am-12pm

Location: UW Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105, and Magnuson Community Center


Instructor: Emily Bishton, landscape designer and educator
Cost: $60 early registration/ $70 after October 30


Register Online, or call 206-685-8033


Designing a wildlife-friendly garden will result in your client enjoying the sight and sound of songbirds amidst the beauty of their plants and other garden features. And there is so much more to the picture! When landscapes are designed with wildlife in mind, our urban and suburban neighborhoods can become “green corridors” that provide valuable habitat for resident and migratory birds, tree frogs, salamanders, garter snakes, chipmunks, bees, butterflies, ladybugs, and other beneficial insects.


This class combines classroom instruction at the Center for Urban Horticulture with field instruction at the nearby Magnuson Community Center demonstration gardens. We will cover how to use wildlife-friendly design techniques that ensure that the features you include will have the most benefit, and how to use maintenance practices that protect nesting birds and other wildlife. We will also cover the native and non-native plants with the greatest value for PNW wildlife species, best nest box and feeder station design and placement, and multiple options for providing water. In addition, we will discuss the native plants that also have slope-stabilizing root systems, attract beneficial insects to provide natural pest control throughout the landscape, and other “selling points” that help clients understand the value of wildlife-friendly, sustainable landscaping practices.


ASCA, CPH, ecoPRO, ISA, PLANET credits approved.


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