Wild Ones plan gardening event May 20

The Twin Cities chapter of Wild Ones, a group that educates about the advantages and benefits of native plants and natural landscapes, invites the community to “Gardening at the Water’s Edge,” a special event featuring speaker Samuel Geer of reGen Land Design that will be held at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield from 7 to 8:45 p.m. (socializing and setup begins at 6:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 20.

This presentation will introduce shoreline gardening as a new approach to improving shorelines that prioritizes the importance of aesthetic beauty and the ecological benefits that are provided by plantings at the water’s edge.

By viewing shoreline spaces as gardening opportunities, it is possible to design beautiful gardens that appeal to a wide range of property owners, but also increase biodiversity, treat stormwater runoff, and prevent erosion.  The presentation will detail native restoration plantings and garden design alternatives to turf grass that can be adapted to work with many site conditions and owner preferences.

Geer is a landscape designer and planner who focuses on sustainable site planning and resilient landscape design.

To learn more, visit www.wildonestwincities.org.