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Landscaping Sustainability with Native Plants

Wednesday, October 16th
3:30 - 5:00 PM

Presented by Reginald Durant,
Back to Natives Restoration

CEU Accreditation: TBD

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Course Description
Join Reginald Durant fro Back to Natives to learn all about landscaping with native plants. Landscaping with natives conserves water an increasingly scarce natural resource, and saves money. Using natives eliminates the need for pesticides, which harm beneficial insects and other animals, and reduces our exposure to toxic substances. Natives also require less mowing, pruning and fertilizing. A well planned native plant landscape even attracts birds and butterflies. See examples of beautiful landscape quality native plants that can substitute for traditional landscape plants. Objectives: Participants will know at least three benefits of landscaping with native plants. Participants will see (and receive a handout listing) at least 40 native plants that can replace traditional landscape plants in a landscape design.

Reginald founded Back to Natives Restoration in 2005, and he is the current Director of Restoration. Reginald was the chief landscape designer for the "Costa Mesa Green Home," which is certified 'Platinum' by the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R)) for Homes Program. Reginald also provided the landscape design for "Project 319," Living Green Homes' first green single--family residential development, one of the first of its kind in OC to earn the Build it Green, GreenPoint Rated designation. As the Grounds Coordinator at the Environmental Nature Center, Reginald developed the Orange County Native Butterfly House. Reginald also coordinated with the County of Orange, the Coastal Commission and the Department of Fish and Game to develop the Butterfly Habitat at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. Reginald founded the Land Steward Peer Network --- a peer network for restoration ecology professionals ---- which included members from County, State, Federal and non--profit organizations and agencies. Since 2004 Reginald has taught the Native Plant section for the Master Gardeners.

Reginald Durant, Founder, Back to Natives Restoration

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