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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 28, 2014
Ann Marie Pearce, Education and Outreach Specialist-Resource Stewardship

Get Water-Wise Garden Tips at Naturescaping Class May 31
Learn innovative landscaping techniques from local experts at free workshop

Start the first unofficial weekend of summer by learning how to save both time and money in your garden, all while protecting the region's most precious resource—water.

"Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife," a free landscaping class offered by WSU Extension's Native Plant Salvage Project and Thurston County Stream Team, has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Olympia. The classroom session will be followed by a field trip to local private gardens. Bus transportation will be provided.

Participants will learn about sustainable landscaping techniques that are not only efficient, they help protect water resources and attract birds and butterflies to your garden. Seasoned horticulture experts Linda Andrews, a professional landscape designer, and Erica Guttman of Washington State University will lead the class. Topics include how to make a landscaping plan; design ideas for outdoor living spaces; managing drainage, slopes and other trouble spots; how to reduce unnecessary lawn; how to create habitat for birds and butterflies; and selecting water-wise plants for all four seasons.

The class is free, but advance registration is required as space is limited. To register for the May 31 Naturescaping workshop, call (360) 867-2167, or visit http://StreamTeam.info and click on the calendar tab under "Get Involved" to find the May 31 event registration.

WHAT:FREE! Naturescaping Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: First United Methodist Church of Olympia, 1224 Legion Way SE in Olympia, 98501

Stream Team is cooperatively sponsored and funded by the storm and surface water utilities of the Cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater and Thurston County. To learn more about Stream Team and the Stream Team partners, visit http://StreamTeam.info.

To learn more about the Native Plant Salvage Project or other WSU Thurston County Extension programs, visit http://county.wsu.edu/thurston. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3