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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Chris Maun, Thurston County Stream Team Coordinator

Get Water-Wise Garden Tips at Naturescaping Classes Feb. 5 and Mar. 5
Learn innovative landscaping techniques from local experts at free two-part workshop

You may not know it, but winter is the perfect garden planning season. Join experts from Stream Team and WSU Thurston County Extension on February 5 and March 5 to learn how to save both time and money in your garden, all while protecting the region's most precious resource—water.

Part One of "Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife," a free landscaping class offered by WSU Extension's Native Plant Salvage Project and Thurston County Stream Team, will be held on Thursday, February 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the LOTT Wet Science Center in Olympia. Part Two of the free class will be held the evening of Thursday, March 5.

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. Topics on February 5 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. At Part Two of the class on March 5, participants can get their draft landscape plans reviewed by landscape experts.

The class is free, but advance registration is required as space is limited. To register for the February 5 Naturescaping workshop, call (360) 867-2167, or visit http://StreamTeam.info and click on the calendar tab under "Get Involved" to find the February 5 event registration. For more information, call (360) 867-2166 or email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com.

WHAT: FREE! Naturescaping Workshop—Part One

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 5, 6 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: LOTT Wet Science Center, 500 Adams Street NE 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