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Eco-tour: Groundcovers – Ecological Solutions in Place of Mulch

Thu, October 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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The ecological garden is a richly layered plant community. At the base of the plant layer we find the herbaceous groundcovers, the plants that help to reduce garden maintenance. Growing in popularity, groundcover plants add beauty from leaf shapes, textures, and colors. As a bonus, they add valuable ecosystem services not offered by mulch alone – including the challenging areas such as the base of trees. Unlike the monotony of mulch, groundcovers offer seasonal interest in both flowers and foliage and many can also provide fruit for humans or wildlife.

Join Dan Jaffe for a walking tour at Garden in the Woods as he discusses the process of transforming large areas of mulch into lush groundcover plantings. Dan will discuss native plant options, provide an overview of plant spacing and techniques for getting the groundcover layer established, and take the group to several examples of groundcovers used at Garden in the Woods .
Instructor: Dan Jaffe is the propagator and stock bed
grower at New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) in Framingham, Massachusetts. He earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine and an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from NEWFS. After interning at Garden in the Woods, Mr. Jaffe worked for a year as Plant Sales Coordinator at the Garden. In addition to many years of experience in horticulture, he has boundless enthusiasm for native plants.


Thu, October 18, 2018
10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
$20 – $30
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Penny Lewis


Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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