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Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

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January 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Putting Plants to Work (Online)

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Join ecological landscape designer Jeff Lorenz of Bala Cynwyd-based Refugia Design/Build for expert tips and insight on creating a native habitat that is immersive, functional, and resilient. In an effort to reimagine their landscapes, homeowners often seek plants that manage stormwater runoff. How can we get creative with design and materials to create a beautiful and multi-tasking outdoor space? Reducing lawn, establishing deep-rooted plantings and integrating permeable hardscaping is key to reducing neighborhood erosion, filtering pollutants, and absorbing dirty water before it enters our precious waterways.

This program takes place online Saturday, January 21, 2023

About the Instructor:
Jeff Lorenz is the founder of Refugia Design, an ecological landscape design/build and stewardship firm, based out of Bala Cynwyd, PA. Since 2015, Refugia has been offering distinctive native landscape design for both residential and commercial green spaces throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area and Jersey Shore. Annual major exhibitor and award-winners at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Flower Show, Refugia is known for an immersive, naturalistic design aesthetic and meadow expertise at projects ranging in size from city yards to suburban estates.
Refugia’s ground-breaking initiatives include mapping the impact of their 120+ native habitats via the Ecological Greenway Network, designed to promote connectivity for wildlife and restore ecosystem function to neighborhoods. Refugia added 47 ‘stepping stone’ gardens to the Greenway Network in 2021, developing an ecological corridor for native plants and wildlife that is made more powerful by the network’s growing interconnectedness.

Jeff resides in Narberth with his wife and young daughters and he is proud of Refugia’s impact in his community – 70+ properties within 5 miles of Narberth that manage stormwater sustainably, support biodiversity and replace lawn with native habitat that ‘put plants to work’; creating beautiful, functional and resilient landscapes for all.

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