The landscaping around your home can support so much habitat for wildlife, without being high maintenance! When you use native NY plants in your garden you support other NY native species that rely on those plants to complete their lifecycle, and are just as beautiful as any traditional landscaping. This beginner's class in planting with NY native species will leave you confident shopping for what you need at your local nursery (plant naming and how to spot NY native plants) and understanding your space (soil, water, topography, and light). You'll even leave class with seeds that suit your yard needs!
Please note: Please bring a soil sample from your yard to be analyzed during class.
If you would like to request a sign language interpreter or will be attending class with an aide, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).
Class ticket purchases are non-refundable for any reason, however a credit or transfer may be granted if requested 7+ days prior to your scheduled class. For more information on our policies, please visit our FAQ.
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Meet the Teacher
Whitney Carleton has been working in the environmental field for over 15 years. Whitney's small business, In Situ Designs NY, in the greater Rochester area helps teach you how to convert your lawns and landscaping into aesthetically pleasing, natural habitat that benefits our natural world. Whitney is a botanist by trade and works a day job as a biologist for the state. Whitney has degrees in plant biology and wetland and watershed resources. For more, visit Whitney Carleton's Instagram.
One of Rochester’s most distinctive buildings, Warner Castle is located in Highland Park. Built in 1854, the residence was modeled after a Scottish castle. Today the Castle is the home of The Landmark Society of Western New York and offers a strategic opportunity for the sensitive redevelopment and re-use of a unique property located in the city’s oldest park.