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Welcoming Wildlife Into the Designed Landscape

Thursday, March 12th - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Presented by: Carol Bornstein

Course Description:

The way we design and maintain our gardens and landscapes has far-reaching impacts. By creating habitat for wildlife and by using sustainable practices, we have the power to make the world a healthier place. Residential, commercial, and public spaces are increasingly dedicated to supporting birds, beneficial insects, and other wild creatures whose natural habitats are threatened by development, inappropriate use of toxic chemicals, pollution, and competition from invasive species. In this seminar, guidelines will be presented for creating beautiful, functional wildlife habitat that everyone can implement, regardless of garden style or budget.

Participants will learn:

• How to design a habitat garden
• How to maintain a habitat garden using sustainable practices
• Some of the best climate-appropriate native and exotic plants for Southern California


Carol Bornstein is Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, whose mission is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. For nearly 30 years, she was horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She is co-author of two books, the award-winning California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn. She has selected and introduced several popular cultivars for California gardens, including Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina' and Lessingia filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet' and she continues to share her knowledge of plants native to California and other Mediterranean regions through her teaching, writing, and design work.

Photography by Leigh Curran.

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