McHenry County College will present "Native Landscaping for the Home Gardener," a seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 in the Luecht Conference Center at the college.
Hosted by the MCC Sustainability Center and Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute, the seminar will feature Ed Collins and Laurie Ryan from the McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD). Ed Collins, director of land preservation and natural resources for the MCCD, will share some of his stories, ideas and overall vision of native landscaping in the county. Laurie Ryan, plant ecologist for the MCCD, will discuss the benefits, both short- and long-term, of using native plants. She will show examples of a variety of landscapes that residents can plant this spring.
"We are lucky to have these two conservation experts speak at the college," said Kim Hankins, director of the MCC Sustainability Center. "Ed Collins has an unmatched view of the natural history of McHenry County and Laurie Ryan has fantastic ideas."
All seminar attendees will receive free native plant seeds.
The event is sponsored by the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the MCC Sustainability Center at (815) 479-7765.