Quinta Mazatlán to host Creative Garden Design workshop

Join us for a morning garden workshop designed to help you create a small native garden at your home or business on Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to noon at Quinta Mazatlan. Five experts in the field will lead the Creative Garden Design class that will provide attendees with a personalized dialogue on how to best convert a small area of your home or business landscape into a stunning, water-conserving, wildlife-supporting native plant garden.

Landscape architect, Andrew Heffner will lend his expertise in the design components of creating a praiseworthy horticultural landscape.

We encourage you to send us a couple photos of your garden to be assessed and discussed with the purpose of providing personalized suggestions from an expert (cgoolsby@mcallen.net). Environmental program supervisor, Carol Goolsby will be elucidating the environmental concerns of our region and delve into the importance of establishing wildlife corridors in the form of native plant gardens. Quinta Mazatlán program coordinator and botanist, Christopher Munoz will lead a native plant walk through the native gardens at Quinta Mazatlan. Christopher will provide in-depth look at some of our native flora and highlighting native plant species that exhibit both horticultural and ecological potential.

In addition, a selection of native plants will be made available for purchase as provided by native plant grower Betty Perez.

Urban development has reduced and subdivided large areas of habitat rendering our urban infrastructure an impassable sea of development for animals seeking refuge.

How do we reconcile continuing urbanization with the need for biological conservation?

Gardens that are primarily composed of native vegetation serve as wildlife corridors for the fauna that characterize our region as they travel through our communities on route to and from habitats that have the capacity to sustain their populations.

The Creative Garden Design Workshop will provide attendees with a personalized dialogue on how to best convert your home or business landscape into a stunning, water-conserving, wildlife-supporting native plant garden.

Most home landscapes in south Texas are dominated by non-native lawns, such as St. Augustine grass, which provides no food or shelter for wildlife all while requiring substantial amounts of water.

This workshop will illustrate the most effective and rewarding ways to transform a lifeless lawn into a beautiful native garden that truly contributes to the conservation of our wildlife.

Call in advance to reserve your place in the Creative Garden Design Workshop for a fee of $10.

For reservations please call 956-681-3370 and visit www.quintamazatlan.com for more information.