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Landscape pros to appear in Edwardsville workshop

Native plant enthusiasts, home gardeners, landowners, stormwater engineers, and landscape, land care and wildlife professionals are invited to a workshop about creating biodiverse landscapes and understanding soil health.

lewisandclarklogo“Grow Native! Workshop Native by Design: Layered Landscapes” will be presented on Friday, March 22, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Leclaire Room at Lewis and Clark Community College, N.O. Nelson Campus, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville. Registration of $30, includes breakfast.

The workshop is supported by sponsor Chris Carl, founder of Studio Land Arts.

The event will feature prominent landscape architect Thomas Rainer, co-author of “Planting in a Post-Wild World.” Traveling from Virginia, Rainer will present on rebuilding abundance in our designed landscapes. Biodiversity matters now more than ever, and this talk will explain the connection between ecology and horticulture in intentionally designed and managed plant communities.

Also featured is regional soil health specialist Doug Peterson with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for Missouri and Iowa. Peterson will speak on the importance of soil health and how it impacts natural resource processes.

In addition, local landscape professionals Chris Carl, Susan Helm, Gabe Presley, and Scott Moss from Illinois and Missouri will present on layered landscape projects in the bi-state area, sharing design, implementation, and management aspects of the projects.

“Lewis and Clark Community College is pleased to be the host of this much anticipated educational event,” said Nate Keener, LCCC director of sustainability and Grow Native! program committee member. “The lineup of knowledgeable speakers will be beneficial for all who attend.”

CEUs will be available for landscape architects and Illinois Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists.

Register here by March 11.

For more information call (636) 303-7418 or send a message to

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