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Doing Less and Getting More: Creating a Sustainable Landscape

  • 28 Jul 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom
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  • Individuals who are not members of NCEMGVA


Please join us for our JULY NCEMGVA Master Gardener Continuing Education Program***

Doing Less and Getting More: Creating a Sustainable Landscape

Date: July 28, 2022 7:00-8:00 p.m., EST, via Zoom (link will be sent in the registration confirmation email)

Registration is required to attend the live presentation.  


NCEMGVA members – Free

Non-Members - $10 (non-refundable) - or you can join NCEMGVA,  attend all of our presentations for free, AND have access to the recordings to view later!

Speaker:  Dale Batchelor, NC Native Plant Society

When it comes to creating a sustainable home landscape, much can be accomplished by doing less. Dale will share some basic conservation principles with examples from her own and clients’ gardens.

She’ll also highlight ways in which gardeners who want to do more can take steps such as eliminating pesticides and fertilizers, increasing the number and variety of native plants, and managing rainfall runoff. These simple steps help create a healthy, functioning ecosystem that benefits its inhabitants and the surrounding community.

The presentation will be recorded for NCEMGVA members to view later.

About our Speaker:

After working 20 years in communications and adult education, I drew on my lifelong love of gardening and the knowledge gained growing up on a farm in eastern N.C. to begin a second career in the green industry ultimately founding Gardener by Nature LLC, a garden design and consultation company that emphasizes native plants and sustainable landscapes.

Although I rarely meet a plant I don't like, my particular passion is plants native to the Southeastern United States. When designing, I believe it's very important to consider not only a site's physical characteristics, but also the existing and surrounding plant and animal communities. For me, a garden is truly alive when it becomes a healthy, functioning ecosystem.

I hold a Certificate in Native Plant Studies from NC Botanical Garden, a BA in English Literature from UNC-CH, and a Certificate in Writing and Editing from NCSU. I am a regular contributor to Triangle Gardener Magazine writing about native plants and sustainable gardening and frequently speak to Master Gardeners and other interested groups. I am an active member of the NC Native Plant Society and the Friends of Plant Conservation and a supporter of other plant and wildlife conservation efforts.

Over the past 30 years my husband, John Thomas, and I have created Swiftbrook Gardens, a Native Plant Habitat recognized by the N.C. Native Plant Society and a certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.

Dale's Contact Information:

Dale Batchelor

5508 Swiftbrook Circle

Raleigh, NC 27606


To Learn More About Swiftbrook Gardens:

***Master Gardeners - this program has been approved in advance for continuing education credit in Cabarrus, Durham, Johnston, and Vance-Warren Counties.   Please check with your agent.

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