Theodore Payne Native Garden Class

by Lorraine on July 22, 2009

I had previously mentioned there were a number of interesting classes coming up that were being offered by the Theodore Payne Foundation and native plant nursery.   I have attended a number of the classes and I’ve enjoyed everyone of them, learned something new each time and met people who love native plants and are eager to learn more about them.

I would really like to be able to attend the one that is going to be taking place on July 25th. with Barbara Eisenstein but I already have something else going on that day and will have to miss it.   I know that it will be offered again and next time around, hopefully I can go to it and learn more about how to take care of my garden.

She will be discussing the basics of how to maintain a garden and the class will be limited to 12 people, so if you want to attend, I would suggest that you immediately call T.P. and register and plan on spending some time after the class has ended, going through the nursery as there is a lot to see.

Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants 818-768-1802

Barbara also loves native grasses and is quite the expert on them and she has a blog which is mentioned in my “blogroll” (WildSuburbia) if you’d like to visit her site.   I know nothing about grasses other than I enjoy the way that they look but sadly, most of them have been destroyed due to development as is the case for many native species.

But I do have some Nodding needlegrass (Nassella lepida) in my garden and I love it’s appearance.   Very delicate, tall and it sways with lovely movements whenever there’s a soft breeze.   When it was done growing and starting to turn brown, I cut it back to the ground and created bundles of it for drying, thinking that I would use them for an arrangement, which I ultimately did!


Dried Nodding needlegrass

Dried Nodding needlegrass

The result is a beautiful display of golden-yellow grasses that I have in my kitchen.  They are so beautiful to look at and bring me pleasure each time that I do and bring a bit of nature inside my home.

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1 barbara e 07.22.09 at 4:41 pm

Hi Lorraine – thanks so much for the pitch. I put the cover slide and an overview of the talk on my blog. Sorry to miss you – look forward to seeing you next time.
The dried needlegrass looks beautiful – perfect vase and wall color! Are you sure it is Nassella lepida? It looks kind of big for that. Could it be Achnatherum coronatum? Which ever one – it is lovely.

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