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!


2023 Speaker Schedule:
All held Wednesdays in March at 7:00 PM via Zoom

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 Materials HERE


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 Materials HERE


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.

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 Materials HERE

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


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 -
  • Pollinator Partnership and North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Pollinator planting guides for every eco-region in the continental U.S.!  If you live outside Chelan County, find the right guide for your area at