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Urban Meadowscaping

Multnomah County Master Gardeners Speaker Series

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Urban Meadowscaping

Speaker: Mark Griswold Wilson, Restoration Ecologist, Portland Parks and Recreation; Technical Advisor, Portland Urban Meadowscaping Project

Front yards and parking strips are unique landscapes traditionally planted with turfgrass that require regular maintenance practices such as mowing, irrigating and application of pesticides. Now there is a strong movement to remove lawn and replace it with a selection of plants that provide habitat for wildlife, manage stormwater on-site and require less maintenance. The Portland Urban Meadowscaping Project is working with urban homeowners interested in establishing Willamette Valley prairie grasses and wildflowers in high-use landscaped areas. Mark will showcase these properties and discuss methods to establish meadows, including plant selection, site prep, and long-term maintenance.

For nearly three decades, Mark has been developing his expertise in the arts and sciences of horticulture, environmental and science education and in the practice of ecological restoration and management work. Currently serving with Portland Parks as restoration ecologist for the Lower Willamette watershed, he plans, designs, and oversees ecological restoration projects in Portland Parks natural areas including Oaks Bottom, Ross Island and the South Waterfront Greenway.

Prior to 2000, Mark worked as an independent consultant in ecological restoration. In the 1980’s he was a high school and community college instructor. As a life-long practitioner and educator, he has made presentations throughout the Pacific Northwest on the subjects of applied restoration ecology and environmental horticulture, and natural area landscape maintenance and management practices. He has also organized and scheduled trainings and seminars under the auspices of Cascadia Landscape, the Society for Ecological Restoration, and the Society of Wetland Scientists. Mark currently serves as the Board Co-Chair of Verde, a non-profit group working to foster the connection between environmental restoration and economic vitality. Verde establishes social enterprises through environmental job training, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities to improve the economic health of disadvantaged Portland communities.

We hold free lectures on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland (parking on 54th). Lectures are open to the public and start at 7 p.m. Each lecture features an expert presentation about an interesting gardening topic. We have free lectures every month except for July, August, and December.


Off Campus
Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church
5441 SE Belmont St
Portland
OR
Free
multmastergardeners at gmail.com
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