Native plant workshop set for Richland

By the Tri-City Herald April 8, 2012 

RICHLAND -- Benton Conservation District is sponsoring a free "Designing Your Heritage Garden" workshop.

Heritage gardens are made up of native plants and materials that thrive in a region's climate. Participants in the workshop will learn what and where to plant.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 451 Hills St., Richland.

The featured speaker is Traci Degerman, a plant ecologist and restoration specialist by education and avocation. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in biological sciences and landscape architecture, respectively, from Washington State University and has worked in the fields of ecological research and monitoring, exotic plant management, native plant restoration and landscape design for both the public and private sector.

She is employed as a forestry technician in a temporary position with the National Park Service at Mount Rainier and also owns and operates a native plant landscape design business, Ecosystem Aesthetics LLC, out of her Richland home.

Her presentation, Habitat Gardening, will focus on utilizing native plant species in a residential landscape, drawing from her experiences working in the various ecosystems of Eastern Washington and the Cascade range.

The first 100 participants will receive a free lunch. To register, go to or call 509-736-6000.

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