Cascadia Conservation District
Serving Chelan County

Native Planting 101 Workshop

Native Planting 101 workshop provides participants with benefits and methods of incorporating native plants into their home landscapes.

This free virtual workshop features local plant and natural resource experts and includes:

    • Alternatives to lawns
    • Pollinator and Wildlife Gardening
    • Firewise Landscaping
    • Heritage Gardens

Specifically tailored to our lands in Chelan County!


2024 Registration is now open!

This FREE virtual workshop will be held via Zoom every Wednesday evening in March at 7:00 PM.

Local experts will discuss how to get started (or expand) incorporating native plants into your landscape (if that means a small in-town patio, or an expansive rural homestead).

Expert Speakers will include:

  • Mel Asher- March 6: 7:00 PM- Native Plantings: Getting Started!
  • Betsy Dudash-March 13: 7:00 PM- Using Native Annuals in Your Landscape
  • Don Schaechtel- March 20: 7:00 PM- Lessons Learned From 14 Years of Native Plant Gardening
  • Al Murphy- March 27: 7:00 PM- Using Plants Adapted to our Xeric and Changing Climate

Register here:

2023 Recordings Below:

Mel will describe how to establish eco-friendly ground covers, as an alternative to irrigated lawns in your home landscape, including how to correctly seed native grasses and flowers.

Presentation Slideshow HERE

Drought-Tolerant Alternatives to Lawns
by Mel Asher (Derby Canyon Natives-

USFS Seed Zone Map-


In this session, Betsy will discuss the elements of a successful habitat, introduce several plants (especially shrubs) that work well locally, and suggest some spots in your yard for transforming into a wildlife oasis.

Presentation Slideshow HERE

“Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Home Landscape”
by Betsy Dudash-


Al Murphy will discuss the advantages and methods of using native plants to provide a fire-resistant landscape and reduce the potential loss of structures in a wildfire prone environment.

“Using Native Plants in a Fire-Resistant Landscape” by Al Murphy

Discover what makes Heritage Gardens of the Columbia Basin unique from other native plant gardens. Liz will describe examples such as; using water-smart techniques, highlighting culturally significant plants, and a plant list that meets the certification criteria.

Presentation Slideshow HERE

“Heritage Gardens: What Are They and How to Create One
 by Liz Jackson-

The 4 presenters will discuss topics and questions provided by workshop participants.

Presentation Materials HERE


2022 session recordings:

Native Planting Selection and Care with Mel Asher

Creating a Native Plant Pollinator Garden with Betsy Dudash

Weed Management with Julie Sanderson

Using Native Plants for a Fire-Resistant Landscape with Al Murphy

Questions? Contact or (509) 436-1601


Thank you to the WA Department of Ecology for funding staff time to host this workshop series!

Thank you to our 2021 Native Planting 101 speakers and attendees!
Recorded sessions and materials are available here  

Check out the resources below for more information on native planting. 

  • The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation -