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Posted on: February 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Register for How to Get Your Neighbor to Build a Rain Garden – Behavioral Change for the Social Good

Announcement of Webinar "How to Get Your Neighbor to Build a Rain Garden"

Do you see places in the world that could use a rain garden? Areas that could capture some rainwater, harness the power of native plants, and create habitat? But how to get that pesky neighbor on the ball?  Join us on March 6th as Susan Bryan teaches you how as she presents: “How to Get Your Neighbor to Build a Rain Garden – Behavioral Change for the Social Good”.  This webinar will be a fun dip into the depths of what motivates and inspires us to do good in the world. Additional breakout sessions are available at the annual Michigan Wildflower Native Plant Conference. 

The host, Wildflower Association of MichiganWoman stands on edge of garden smiling with watering hose  (WAM),  is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1986. They are committed to being a resource for residents in Michigan who wish to learn more about native plants and their associated habitats. The annual Michigan Native Plant Conference (formerly the Wildflower Conference) presents timely, actionable, and fascinating information about native plants and habitats, landscape design, wildlife, invasive controls, and much more. This online webinar series will have six breakout sessions and five additional webinars throughout the year.

  • April 20- Dr. Ann White will present "Natives vs. Nativars"
  • June 20- Dr. Scott Tiegs will present "Exotic Invasive Earthworms in Michigan: Impacts, Identification and Prevention.” 
  • October 20- Nathan Martineau will present “Underexplored and Underappreciated: The Habitats and Plants of the Western Upper Peninsula.”  
  • November 15-Ryne Rutherford will present “The Flora of Granite Bedrock Glades.”
  • January 17, 2023 - Dr. Dan Herms will present “The Effects of Climate Change on Plant – Insect Relationships.”

Susan created and currently teaches the Master Rain Gardener class, which became a state-wide certification in 2015, and has spread to the Great Lakes western states including Canada and Ohio. Over 1,200 rain gardens have been built by homeowners on her advice and through the industrious and spectacular Master Rain Gardeners. Susan has created a community in Washtenaw County through this class – one that provides volunteer opportunities, social gatherings, and online alumni support networks. She also has created a platform so anyone can build a rain garden, no matter the cost, by connecting alumni with new rain gardeners. Free plants, free advice. Susan has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan, Certification in Volunteer Administration and Social Marketing, and is a Master Gardener. She received the 2014 Deep Roots Award from Wild Ones Ann Arbor for her education work. 

Register for the conference here.

Wildflower Association of Michigan Conference Announcement for 2022

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