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Did you know that gardening with native plants can save you money and water? It’s true – native plants found in the Eastern Sierra are often drought tolerant and require less maintenance than lawns or high water-use plants. Native plants also attract pollinators like birds and butterflies that are essential for wildflowers and productive gardens. 

Learn how to design a garden using native plants at ESLT’s free Pollinator Garden Workshop from 10am-1:00pm on April 9th. Local gardeners will present on topics that will help you design or revitalize your beautiful, pollinator-friendly garden. The topics and presenters will include:

How to Garden with Native Plants- Katie Quinlan, Plant Sales and Greenhouse Manager for the California Native Plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter 

Installing Drip Irrigation- Roberta Lagomarsini of the UC Master Gardeners of Inyo and Mono Counties

Fire Safe Landscaping-  Roberta Lagomarsini of the UC Master Gardeners of Inyo and Mono Counties

Soil Secrets for Healthy Plants- Julie Fontaine, Eastern Sierra restoration ecologist and soil specialist

Gardening for Wildlife- Pete Pumphrey, former president of the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society

Food Preservation 101: Equipment Essentials – Jan Hambleton and Trish Schlichting from the UC Master Food Preservers of Inyo and Mono Counties

This workshop is part of ESLT’s Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, which is deeply rooted in our Eastern Sierra communities. The project has helped 147 Eastside gardeners create pollinator-friendly yards since the program began in 2014! Through our certified garden program, ESLT provides support and expert advice for your garden, and you may be eligible for a voucher for native plant purchases. Learn more about the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project page on our website.

We will host this event in the Community Demonstration Garden in Bishop City Park. Space is limited, so please make sure to RSVP to  if you wish to attend. 

Thank you to the UC Master Gardeners and UC Master Food Preservers of Inyo and Mono Counties for their support in putting this event together.

Photo by Peter Miller

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Please check back soon for new opportunities to get out, explore, and get involved in our conservation efforts here in the Eastern Sierra.