The Cities of Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Bellevue, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Wood River Land Trust are hosting a 6-part Resilient Landscapes for Resilient Communities series in January-June, 2018. Professionals will share their expertise on how to create beautiful landscapes using cultivated and native plants while promoting water conservation in the landscape. These Water-Wise sessions qualify for the Hailey Water Smarty rebate program.

The first two classes on Designing your own Landscape are free and held on January 18 and 25, 6:30-8:00 PM at Hailey City Hall. January 18: Sharon Browder (Xeriscape designer) will walk participants through the planning and design process for a small or large, new or old landscape using xeriscape ideas.  January 25: Certified landscape architects and designers Dean Hernandez, Rob King, Staci Page, Mark Spencer and Sharon Browder will help develop and fine tune your landscape designs. Let the professionals help you!

The third class in the series, Nativars – the New Native Plants, is an exciting day-long workshop targeting landscape professionals and dedicated gardeners held on February 15 from 10 AM-3 PM. Dr. Steve Love, University of Idaho scientist, Steve Paulsen, owner of Native Roots, LLC. and others will discuss the history of newly developed native plants called nativars and how to successfully incorporate them into the home garden. These experts will also discuss design, maintenance, and irrigation.

Details on the second half of the series on Irrigation Efficiencies, Nativars for Homeowners and a Field Tour of a nativar garden will follow in the spring. For more information contact Wood River Land Trust at 208.788.3947.