Our Workshops

Prairies 101

Our next Prairies 101 workshop will be Sunday March 14, 2021, 1-5 pm at the UL Ecology Center. Free! Other details to come. 

Native plants form the foundation of all terrestrial ecosystems, including our disappearing Cajun Prairie. Prairies are established grasslands with complex, diverse plant and pollinator communities. Sadly, only a tiny fraction of the historical Cajun Prairie has not been lost to development and agriculture. What can you do for pollinators in your small yard in town, or with acreage you don’t want to mow anymore? Prairies 101 is an interactive workshop with some of our local prairie experts and native plant heroes who can get you started.

Agenda

1:00 Meet and Greet, Introductions, Purpose (Phyllis Griffard, ANPP Education) 

1:15 A ramble in the Ecology Center prairie restoration (Larry Allain and Andre Daugereau) 

2:00-3:30 20-min talks and Q&A

Larry Allain: What is so special about prairies?

Dona Weifenbach: The range of prairie projects that are possible

Larry and Dona: How-to decide and How-to install  

3:30-4:45 Go deeper. Small group conversations

Pocket prairie gardens in a traditional neighborhood: Lawrence Rozas

Pocket prairie gardens for schools and curriculum: Phyllis Griffard

Pasture to prairie for wildlife: Dona Weifenbach

Prairie restoration for agriculture: Larry Allain and Andre Daugereau

Federal and state assistance for restoration: Josh Soileau

Our remaining prairies: Annette Parker

4:45-5:00 Check-in, final thoughts, upcoming prairie visits, pictures, adjourn

Weather permitting, we will meet outdoors.

Please wear masks and maintain social distance, especially if we must meet indoors.

 

 

Y2H: Yard-to-Habitat. Landscape transformation for homeowners and landscapers

Y2H is ANPP’s half-day workshop designed to help homeowners and landscapers transform property, from small yards in town to big pastures in the country, to work as habitat for pollinators, birds and other wildlife and improve ecological resilience. 

After an introduction to the basic principles to landscaping for habitat and a walk in our demonstration garden, you’ll work in small groups with ANPP’s most experienced native gardeners to sketch your site plan, create a plant list with sources and a timeline. 

Our most recent Y2H workshop was:

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 1-5pm

at LARC’s Acadian Village, Petite Pavilion just outside the gift shop.

$40 ($25 for ANPP members, who also get a 20% discount on all our plants). Discounts or rebates available for students, partners and independent landscapers. Just ask!

How to register: Click Donate on our greauxnative.org Home page or mail a check (228 Borel Road, Sunset LA 70584). Provide your name, email address and phone number. Ideal group size is 20 participants. Previous enrollees welcome to attend for free to follow up on their plans.

We offer Y2H on a regular basis or on demand. Just ask! Email us at mail@greauxnative.org to find out when the next Y2H will be.

Together we are Connecting habitats, one garden at a time