Native Garden Design

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Date(s) - Mon Apr 19, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Native Garden Design

Presented by Landscape Designers:
–Amy Heilman, Owner, The Living Garden
–Rebecca Marquardt, Owner, Revery

Join Amy and Rebecca, both local landscape designers and architects, as they walk us through the process of incorporating native plant species into our gardens. Using the newly released Wild Ones booklet, Creating Your Own Native Garden Design, they will expand upon its contents by providing detailed discussions on the following topics:

  • Choosing plant species based on plant communities
  • Planting to attract birds and pollinators
  • Design considerations when developing new planting beds or enhancing existing ones

Viewers will also learn tips on where to get native plants, site prep, planting strategies and plant care as your gardens evolve.   

ZOOM Webinar • Registration required.




Rebecca Marquardt has over twenty years of experience as a landscape architect with an emphasis on ecological restoration. She has spent most of those years in the Great Lakes region. Growing up in and studying the oak savanna landscapes of Madison, Wisconsin and being surrounded by prominent influences of conservationist Aldo Leopold and pioneer native plant designer, Jens Jensen, provided an important foundation to the work she has been doing the last six years in Michigan. The complex and diverse plant communities found in West Michigan have required careful study and observation, which are essential in designing with native plants. Rebecca regularly provides instruction in sustainable landscape practices and her company, Revery, specializes in ecological landscape design and place-based education.



Amy Heilman has been designing and implementing gardens for 20 years and her business The Living Garden specializes in creating habitat gardens of function and beauty using native plant species. Her goal is to encourage home owners to take an active role in the planning and care of their gardens and to use these spaces to learn about the natural world and the web of life they can support.




To increase your enjoyment of our program, the Education Committee suggests you watch this new program series from National Wild Ones called Meet the Designers that debuted on March 9, 2021. Susan Hall of Toledo and Danielle Bell of Milwaukee present their tips and designs that are useful to gardeners of all skill levels. 

You may also enjoy a 10-page Native Garden Design guide for first-time native gardeners in any region in the country. This booklet dovetails with this month’s program. Download a print-friendly pdf version of this guide. 



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