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Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future


“Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future” is held every September at the Arboretum. This Native Gardening Conference promotes sustainable gardening practices and use of native plants in home landscapes. Expert-led workshops inspire and inform gardeners, homeowners, and landowners to create and maintain native gardens or small-scale restorations on their own property. The program welcomes people with a range of interests and experience.

The all-day event features expert-led workshops, a keynote speaker, tours of the Wisconsin Native Plant Garden, an extensive resource packet, and ample time for Q&A. Presentations cover a wide range of topics: garden design, native trees and shrubs, citizen science in your garden, garden planting and maintenance, native plants for birds, native plant identification, hardscaping, and understanding garden ecology through art.

Early bird rate through June 30: $60
Regular rate, starting July 1: $65
Students: $30 w/ID

Registration may close before September 5 if capacity is reached. Refunds will be given minus a $10 administrative fee until registration closes. After registration closes, refunds will be given, minus a $10 service fee, only if someone from the waitlist can fill the space. We will not issue refunds or add people from the waitlist after noon on Thursday, 9/12. No walk-in registrations.


Location information

UW Arboretum

1207 Seminole Highway