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Webinar explores resilient home landscapes


Noted landscape consultant Dan Jaffe Wilder will present a virtual four-hour workshop on Oct. 16 on building resilient home landscapes with native plants.

The program, open to all interested gardeners and homeowners, will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Although free to attend, donations will be accepted to support garden education programming offered by University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener chapters throughout Vermont.

To register go to To request a disability-related accommodation, contact Cindy Heath at (603) 543-1307 or by Sept. 24.

Wilder will walk participants through the process of establishing a resilient landscape, from assessment of site and plant species and invasive species issues to ecological landscape techniques and long-term maintenance. He will draw from examples from his work at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Monson, Mass.; Garden in the Woods, a botanical garden in Framingham, Mass.; and his home landscape.

Wilder is the author and photographer of “Native Plants for New England Gardens.” He is an expert in native plant ecology, propagation, wildlife habitat construction and native edible landscapes. He has also consulted with botanical gardens, nurseries and wildlife refuges.

The program is sponsored by the Master Gardener chapters in Windham and Windsor Counties in collaboration with the Rockingham Free Public Library. Additional funding is provided by the Bennington, Central/Northeast Kingdom, Northwest and Rutland chapters.

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