DATE: May 16, 2018

TIME: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

LOCATION: The Studio

We are reminded by the recent wildfires in and around our communities that our summer-dry landscapes are fire-prone. For fire safety, both rural and urban areas will want to design and manage their landscapes to protect homes and keep susceptibility to a minimum. Fire resistant landscapes have strategically spaced low-flammability plants to reduce the amount of potential fuels (vegetation) that could ignite structures or carry flame across the landscape. Plant spacing is not contiguous. Plants are watered regularly but appropriately to their needs. Well-hydrated plants take longer to ignite than plants with low moisture content. Shrubs and trees are spaced widely and don’t touch or hang over structures. Trees are limbed up to avoid a ‘ladder’ effect of flames climbing to crowns. Low growing plants are used around decks and under windows in place of foundation plantings. Weeds and dried grass are kept mowed low.

With all of these factors in mind, how do we evaluate and renovate existing landscapes, or create a new fire-safe garden? A fire-resistant garden doesn’t have to lack in beauty or interest. We will learn the process to create beautiful but fire-safe landscapes in this informative class.The focus is on organic, ecologically sound practices appropriate to those living in dry-summer climates of the United States.

About Kate Frey

Kate Frey is a noted garden designer based in Northern California.  She designed and managed the famous organic public garden at Fetzer Vineyards, the Melissa Garden in Healdsburg and the landscape at Lynmar Winery in Sebastopol.  Her gardens won 2 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, a rare honor for an American designer.  Kate currently writes for the Press Democrat newspaper and her book, The Bee-Friendly Garden, was published in 2016 by Ten Speed Press.

Kate’s newest venture, The American Garden School, has led several classes in the past year at MAGC.

Cost: $35 includes resource list

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