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Keep Sedona Beautiful presents 32nd Native Plant Workshop 'Going Native'

Bill McDorman

Bill McDorman

Keep Sedona Beautiful is pleased to announce that the keynote speakers for the 32nd Annual Native Plant Workshop are Bill McDorman and Jeff Schalau.

Bill McDorman is the founder of Seeds Trust, originally High Altitude Gardens. He recently developed an innovative program called Seed School that trains all manner of "growers" to implement long-term, self sufficient, and secure agricultural programs. McDorman is author of Basic Seed Saving, written in 1994.

Jeff Schalau, an Arizona Cooperative Extension Agent and Master Gardner, evaluates and designs programs in plant science and natural resources. He also works with local producers in their marketing endeavors and coordinates training for nurseries and pesticide applicators. His expertise includes a range of horticultural topics.

This popular workshop will be on Saturday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Sedona School, 570 Posse Ground Road. The Native Plant Workshop will focus on sustainability of our natural environment. In addition to the keynote speakers, there are eight individual workshops to choose from. Topics will cover; xeriscaping, identifying native plants, managing invasive plants, attracting birds & butterflies into the garden, using wild herbs and water harvesting. All attendees will receive lunch, a free native plant, and the opportunity to bid on many auction items. The auction items are now available for online viewing.

Dedicated to "preserving the wonder" of Sedona KSB's education and advocacy activities and goals range from land preservation to litter lifting. Accomplishments in their 35 year history include: acquiring land to add to our Coconino National Forest; educating homeowners on Native Plant use; protecting our Sedona's star-filled night skies through outdoor light pollution monitoring; advocating quiet skies; bringing authorities to the area to educate the community on pertinent nature and conservation issues. The Litter Lifters, are a group of dedicated volunteers who are responsible for removing litter from 65 miles of streets and highway in Sedona.

The advance registration cost is $20 for KSB members, $30 for non-members with an additional $10 at the door. The admission price includes lunch provided by Weber's IGA in the Village of Oak Creek. Doors open and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Make reservations early as this popular workshop has sold out in previous years. For more information and to view a complete list of speakers and workshops go to www.keepsedonabeautiful.org.

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