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Backyard Habitat Garden Workshop

This story comes to us from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation:

The DC Parks and Recreation Department and the District Department of the Environment are helping property owners create habitat for wildlife on their own land by hosting free educational, hands-on workshops. The event will take place on November 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Langdon Recreation Center at 2901 20th Street NE.

These workshops will teach District residents about landscaping for wildlife while also creating aesthetically pleasing gardens.  The workshops will include presentations on conservation landscaping and gardening for wildlife, plant selection, general landscape design principles and how to do a site assessment.  Participants will help plant a demonstration garden at the workshop site, and will receive a habitat kit at the conclusion of the workshop.  The kit will contain a native plant guide, an invasive plant booklet, a book on wildlife gardening, a birdhouse kit and live plants. The theme is: Gardening for Birds and Butterflies.    
Attracting birds and butterflies entails more than just planting showy flowers.  Birds need insects to feed on, so planting trees and other plants that insect larvae and adults feed on is a sure way to attract birds.  Native oaks, willows and cherry trees and native milkweeds, goldenrods and asters will attract larval insects, showy butterflies and many species of birds. This workshop will include a presentation on attracting birds and butterflies and plants that are attractive to them in the demonstration garden. If you are interested in participating you can register online at ddoe.dc.gov/fisheries.  Click on “Backyard Habitat Education”, then on “register for a workshop in 2010”.