Unleash Your Garden’s Wild Side: Garden Design Using Native Plants
Many gardeners love the idea of using native plants in their home landscape but struggle with how to use them. One common misconception is that native plants look too unkempt, too messy or just too wild. With a little planning, attention to some principles of landscape design, and careful selection of plants, many of us can have a native plant landscape that works in harmony with the environment, provides a haven for native wildlife, and is attractive in the most urban of settings. Whether you want to add a few native plants to an existing landscape or are starting from scratch, this talk focuses on steps and ideas to help you create an appealing landscape using primarily native plants.
Hattie Braun has lived and gardened in Flagstaff for 25 years. She has a M.S. in Horticulture from Pennsylvania State University. After moving west, Hattie quickly learned that she wasn’t in Pennsylvania anymore and signed up for the Coconino Master Gardener program to learn about both the joys and challenges of gardening in a dry environment. She began coordinating the Coconino Master Gardener for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in 2003. Hattie has the good fortune to be able to work with many wonderful Northern Arizona gardeners on a variety of projects and topics including native plant gardens, invasive species, pollinator gardens, low-water landscaping, vegetable gardens, and rain gardens. In 2016, Hattie took on the additional role of Director for Coconino Cooperative Extension.