Public Education Class Creates an Online Manual of Sustainable Gardening Resources with 70 Tried-and-True Plant Fact Sheets
by Carol Rosen, Public Education Committee
“Designing a Sustainable, Maintainable Yard,” the half-day program offered by Master Gardeners at Fairlington on October 19, was the first offering in the Public Education Committee’s new Sustainable Gardening track of classes.
For this program on sustainability, handouts were provided in electronic form to reduce resource consumption. The resulting Digital Manual on Sustainable Gardening, described below, not only benefited the class but also created a continuing online resource that can grow and support other classes and uses. The Tried-and-True Plant Fact Sheets for more than 70 trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, ferns, grasses, and vines are a remarkable resource in themselves. In all about 100 digital pages of plant fact sheets, best management practice summaries, and other handouts on sustainable gardening were developed. You can see several pages as examples here: SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE SHEET. The complete Digital Manual on Sustainable Gardening can be found HERE. This event was planned and delivered entirely by MGNV members–no outside speakers, no visiting experts, no catering, no borrowed materials. This was the largest MGNV public education activity in 2013.