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Native Plants 101 (Online, Self-Paced) 

Bring life into your outdoor space while helping the natural world! In this practical, self-paced online course, you’ll discover the benefits of planting native, learn about powerhouse plants, and create a personal garden plan. Member adult $40; nonmember adult $45. 

The March 13-April 17 Class is currently SOLD OUT.

We will offer this popular program again in August 2023. Registration will open on June 1. Please check the For Adults section of our website in June for more details.

Enrollment materials, including all links to access the course, will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start of the course. For more information, contact  
A computer, tablet, or phone with internet access is required to complete the course.
Course topics include:
  • Definition of “native plants” and other key terms 
  • Human and ecological benefits of planting native 
  • Site assessment for creating a native garden 
  • “Powerhouse” native plants 
  • Creating a plant list 
  • Navigating the nursery 
  • Starting and planting a plot 
  • Garden design basics 
  • Seasonal care and maintenance 
  • Inspirational case studies 

This five-week, 10-hour course includes:

  • Videos  
  • Readings  
  • Interactive Learning Tools 
  • Course Forum 
  • Optional Live Discussion Sessions 
  • Downloadable Garden Planning Template  
All coursework is self-paced. Learners can expect to spend between 1.5-2 hours per week on coursework and at-home activities. Optional live discussion sessions will take place on:
  • Monday, March 13 from 6:30-7:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, March 22 from 6:30-7:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, April 5 from 6:30-7:30 pm