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McHenry County College will hold native landscaping program

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 11:46 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 11:51 p.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College will present “Native Landscaping for the Home Gardener” from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 20 in the Luecht Conference Center at the college.

Hosted by the MCC Sustainability Center and the Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute, the seminar will feature Ed Collins and Laurie Ryan from the McHenry County Conservation District.

Collins, director of land preservation and natural resources for MCCD, will share stories, ideas and his vision of native landscaping in the county.

Ryan, plant ecologist for MCCD, will discuss the benefits – both short- and long-term – of using native plants. She will show examples of a variety of landscapes that residents can plant this spring.

“We are lucky to have these two conservation experts speak at the college,” said Kim Hankins, director of the MCC Sustainability Center. “Ed Collins has an unmatched view of the natural history of McHenry County and Laurie Ryan has fantastic ideas.”

All seminar attendees will receive free native plant seeds.

The event is sponsored by the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact the MCC Sustainability Center at 815-479-7765.

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