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Rethinking Idaho Landscapes – a Horticulture Symposium

Saturday, March 09th 2019 • 9:00am - 3:30pm

ONLINE SIGN-UP HAS CLOSED. There are only a few seats still available. If you are still interested in attending walk-in registration begins Saturday, March 9, at 8:30 a.m.

Cost: IBG Members & University of Idaho Master Gardeners: $30, Non-Members: $40

Location: Mission Aviation Fellowship Headquarters, 112 N Pilatus Lane, Nampa, ID

The Idaho Botanical Garden and the University of Idaho continue this popular and important community forum. Speakers provide attendees with examples, tools and information useful for gardening in Idaho.


9:10 a.m. David Salman – Attracting Songbirds, Hummingbirds, and Pollinating Insects to Your Waterwise Landscape

The presentation will address the three basics of creating wildlife habitat in the home and commercial landscapes, and present a selection of native and Old World plants that are both beautiful and beneficial to birds and insect pollinators. The plants have been selected for their suitability to Western growing conditions and for their low water needs. Gardeners will come away from the talk with lots of ideas for making their waterwise gardens a haven for songbirds and pollinators that are essential to healthy and resilient local and regional ecosystems.

10:20 a.m. Coffee and Tea Break

10:35 a.m. Peggy FaithCreating a Xeric Landscape

Peggy, a specialist in creating native and non-native xeric gardens, offers suggestions on how to turn your landscape into a more water-efficient one.  She will discuss design ideas, considerations for placement, lawn alternatives, irrigation basics, hardscaping, and maintenance. Come away with a better understanding of what is needed to develop an attractive yard that uses less water and is better suited to our climate and soils than a traditional one.

11:45 a.m. Lunch on Your Own

1:00 p.m.  Peggy Faith – Using Native Plants to Create Habitat

More gardeners are looking to counteract the decline of native habitat by adding native plants to their yards. What does creating habitat mean for Southwest Idaho? In this talk, we take a closer look at the interrelated web that native plants knit together with the animal world and how to encourage it in simple ways.

2:15 p.m.   Break

2:30 p.m.   Ariel Agenbroad Beneficial Insects and the Home Food Gardener: a beautiful friendship

Home fruit and vegetable growers often feel that they are at war with the insect world, focusing on how to avoid, exclude, and downright defeat the tiny but ferocious foe who love tasty crops as much as those who tend them. But far too often we are missing out on the incredible advantages – both to the backyard and the ecosystem — to be gained by taking a different approach: welcoming beneficial insect predators, pollinators, and decomposers into our gardens. From healthier soil to increased yields and natural pest control, these hardworking friends fill an incredible role. In this presentation, Ariel will introduce you to the key players, how to identify them, and how to make them feel at home.

3:30 p.m.  Adjourn

3:45 p.m. Optional tour of Mission Aviation Fellowship Plane Hangers