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July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Water Gardens Big and Small

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From patio pots to earth bottom ponds, water in the landscape contributes to a remarkably diverse ecosystem. Pond pots, sometimes referred to as “still pots,” nestle nicely into small spaces, such as balconies or decks, but they can also be tucked into nooks and crannies in spacious gardens. Large ponds require more area and can have the added benefits of recreational swimming, fishing, or paddling around. Big or small, all ponds need to be balanced. There are creative ways to curb excess nutrients in all types of ponds and water bodies. Plants have been keeping them clean and healthy for millions of years. Native plants are the easiest for management, resilience, and limited maintenance. Learn ways to address concerns before they become a problem and how to correct them if necessary. This class includes a tour of the ponds at Mt. Cuba.

This program takes place in person at Mt. Cuba Center on Sunday, July 14, 2024.

About the Instructor:
Kelly Billing is a Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist with more than 32 years of experience in the water gardening industry. She compiled and maintains the Aquatic Plant Invasive Species List for the nursery trade and is coauthor of The Water Gardener’s Bible and The Lotus: Know It and Grow It.

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