Native Plant Seminars

Professional Seminars on Gardening with Natives

Each of these nine seminars has been approved by the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board as providing one Continuing Education Hour and they'll make you a more knowledgeable, competitive, creative contractor or designer!

Do you want to get started gardening with native plants, but aren't sure what to plant where? Well, allow me, Dr. Kali Robson, botanist, author & past nursery owner, to provide you with my entertaining, information-packed, fast-paced, biologically accurate seminars. Am I qualified to teach people about plants? Indeed! Here's a resume - more than you ever wanted to know about me!

A single one hour seminar is $400, plus expenses (including lodging if there's some distance involved), but a second seminar at the same event is only $100 more - two hours of accurate information plus beautiful photos for only $500 (plus mileage, etc.)! What a deal!

Oregon Landscape Contractors!

Some of you have asked me about seminars for Continuind Ed Hours. I am altering my PowerPoint shows, one by one, to add more detail, so that you can go through the presntations at your convenience. In order to receive a certificate for one credit hour, you must answer 20 study questions as you go through the information and photos that make up each seminar. I will be charging $40.00 for each (I'm setting up Dropbox, and will soon add PayPal.). Please email me for more information! The first seminar, on NW Natives for Fruit and Seed-eating Birds is ready. More to follow!

Here's a summary of each seminar:

Planting a Bird-friendly Hedgerow A hedgerow is composed of a variety of woody plants instead of a single species. Hedgerow plantings can be used to mark property lines, as a screen or for other purposes. Because they incorporate structural and species diversity, hedgerows are more valuable to birds and other wildlife. Composed of deciduous and evergreen plants that flower and set fruit at different times of the year, they provide more garden interest in addition to improved habitat. This seminar is a survey of shrubs and small trees useful in the creation of hedgerows. Almost ready.

Natives for Hummingbirds Anyone with a garden, deck or patio wants to attract hummingbirds. This presentation offers advice on luring hummingbirds to the yard and keeping them around by providing them with quality foraging and nesting habitat among their favorite nectar plants. Trees, shrubs and perennials that are hummer favorites are surveyed, and their cultural requirements in the landscape are discussed.

Native Plants for Wet Areas We experience some soggy winter weather in this part of the world, and many of our native plants can tolerate seasonal flooding. These facultative wetlands plants, suitable for creating a rain garden to capture rainwater from roofs and other impervious surfaces, are surveyed. Obligate wetland plants, such as emergent and aquatic species adapted to bogs, streambanks and ponds, are also described.

Butterfly Gardens Many gardeners would like to attract more butterflies to the yard, and this seminar surveys the native plants (and other garden features) most likely to attract them. It begins with a tour through the favorite nectar plants of adult butterflies, and describes the cultural requirements and blooming times of these natives. The second half of the seminar covers food plants for caterpillars, focused on those butterfly species that occur in the Northwest and the native plants they utilize.

Shade-loving Native Plants Many gardeners west of the Cascades have stands of large conifers or other trees already shading the yard. Structures such as buildings shade other gardens. This seminar surveys the many native trees, shrubs and perennials that prefer or will tolerate shady sites. Gardening under large trees presents the problem of dry shade, but quite a few natives are adapted to these conditions. These species are surveyed, along with the shade-loving natives that prefer moister soils.

Plants for Fruit & Seed-eating Birds We have some beautiful native birds in the Northwest, and many gardeners would like to attract them. This seminar begins with a general description of high quality bird habitat, and then describes the trees, shrubs and perennials most favored by birds foraging for ripe fruits and seeds. These are plants that offer fleshy fruits, such as berries, or dry fruits, such as the achenes of sunflowers. This one is ready!

Natives for Erosion Control & Groundcovers Although erosion is a natural process, human activities often accelerate it in ways that damage soil, water and property. Native plants with soil-binding characteristics, such as tough or woody rhizomes are surveyed. Some native groundcovers will also serve the function of controlling erosion, while other species are more decorative, such as evergreen, mound-forming plants. Both sorts of groundcovers are included in this seminar.

Wildflower Meadows A wildflower meadow can take up a large field, or be confined to a small planting bed. It can be dry or moist, sunny or partly shaded, and can be enhanced with the inclusion or preservation of boulders, stumps and other structures. Native perennials and annuals most suitable for planting in meadows are surveyed. More aggressive species are useful in some situations, and these are compared with those that are slower growing. Flowering times and cultural requirements of different natives are discussed.

Drought-tolerant Natives Summer and early fall in the Northwest typically include periods of drought, even west of the Cascades. Many of our natives are adapted to seasonal drought, but this seminar describes the species that are especially hardy, those that will require no summer care once established. The most drought-tolerant trees, shrubs and perennials are surveyed. Annual plants handle dry periods by setting seed and dying, and many of our loveliest prefer dry, sunny conditions. Native annuals most likely to re-seed themselves and establish populations on dry sites are included in this seminar.