Workshops require advance registration and some have fees
Please check the individual workshop descriptions below for additional information
Step-by-Step Native Landscaping
Workshop Leader Marjorie Shropshire
This course answers the question: “I want to make my home landscape more sustainable. How do I get started with natives?” Attendees will learn how to assess their properties and various strategies for transforming them into places that support birds, pollinators and people.
- Why natives
- Assessing a property
- Stormwater & shorelines
- Woody plants
- Herbaceous plants
- Wild areas
- Landscape poisons
- Human-use areas
A is for Acorn
The ABC's of Foraging with children and families
Workshop Leader Christina Hunt
Thursday 9:00 am until 10:30
A hands on edible plants workshop for beginners, families, and children's group leaders. We will focus on several easily identifiable edible plants found in the wild and your own backyard, as well as what to do with your plants once they are foraged. We will also have a chance to taste several plants, both in their raw form and in recipes.
Note from Christina: I will have several plants and recipes available for tasting. While no recipes contain peanuts, and I list all ingredients used, my home is not peanut or allergen free. I am not responsible for any allergic reactions to prepared items or the raw ingredients.
Christina is an outdoor educator and nature enthusiast. She has had a fascination with edible plants since she was a child and has been apprenticing under author and naturalist Peggy Lantz for a little over a year. Christina works with children and families daily and has a passion for bringing more people outdoors, especially to forage.
Pine Needle Basketry
Making pine needle baskets with Judie Bradley
Learn how to make pine needle baskets from our native longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) needles.
Judie has been teaching pine needle basketry for ten years. She has lived all over the world but has been in Florida for over 40 years.
Landscaping for Pollinators
Want to transform your yard into an oasis for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds? This workshop will teach you the vital components of a pollinator-friendly landscape. We’ll offer a closer look at Florida’s native pollinators, including insect ID activities. This workshop will cover landscape design and care tips for making your pollinator habitat appealing to both pollinators and your neighbors, and highlight key native plants for attracting pollinators.
Workshop Leaders Rachel Mallinger and Jessica Sullivan
Jessica Sullivan has a B.S. in Horticultural Therapy and a M.S. in Entomology. In her 17 years as an Extension Educator, she has taught diverse topics from sustainable landscaping and arboriculture to crop production and beekeeping. Sullivan has a passion for empowering people to protect and cultivating productive habitats for people, plants, and animals.
Dr. Rachel Mallinger leads research on plant-pollinator interactions and pollinator community ecology with an emphasis on native bees. She conducts research in natural, agricultural, and urban ecosystems to inform pollinator conservation and improve pollination to crops and wild plants.
Beneficial Insects and Florida’s Native Plants
The Keys to a Sustainable Landscape - Workshop Leader Taryn Evans
Insects play a vital role in the environment, and their population numbers are falling in both backyards, and in the wild. It's about more than milkweed now, but luckily it's easy to make an insect sanctuary as part of your landscape. So, how well do you know the beneficial insects in your garden? What is their role in a healthy, environmentally-sound landscape? What's a beetle bank? This program addresses these questions while giving you a quick crash course in identifying just a few that may be visiting your garden. It’s interactive and fun and you will learn a lot at the same time!
Taryn Evans has long been a proponent of native plants and sustainable landscapes. She was the president of the Marion Big Scrub Chapter for seven years, recently completed a course on the principles of sustainable landscaping offered by the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and is working on her Master Naturalist certificate from UF/IFAS. Additionally, she is co-owner, with her husband, Terry, of Creative Garden Structures, a small retail garden shop that specializes in helping homeowners create backyard habitat. They sell native plants, as well as, bee, bird, and bat boxes from their home in Marion County. Taryn also maintains a demonstration garden on one acre of land designed to help interested homeowners understand better Florida’s native plants and the principles of sustainable gardening, like rainwater harvesting, less fertilizer/pesticide use, and “right plant for right place” Of primary importance to her is conveying the message to others about the need for all types of insects in our gardens and landscapes, especially pollinators, like Florida’s native bees and how we can best support them by providing appropriate habitat in the outdoor spaces we manage. After visiting their demonstration garden, the hope is that people are inspired to do more to make their own garden one part of a more sustainable Florida!