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The Foundation of Our Landscapes: Understanding Site Analysis and Soil - John Swallow - Grow Native Mass - Workshop

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Soil is the vital but often overlooked foundation of any landscape. It dictates the drainage in the area, affects which plants will grow well there, and can even impact a site's susceptibility to certain invasive species.

Soil scientist John Swallow will guide us through the background a designer needs to know to make a landscape plan that is well suited to their site, and to develop a system of sustainable soil maintenance practices. He will describe how soils are formed and show us how geologic history can be seen in soil profiles, focusing in on the unique conditions present at our site in Waltham. He will also outline the different types of organic matter that are present in soils, explain why different soils hold varying levels of moisture, and examine the impact of microbes on soil.

This workshop will also include a review of proper techniques for collecting soil samples, instruction on how to interpret standard soil analyses, and an examination of the hidden history revealed by the profile of a soil pit dug at our garden.

John Swallow is a Principal and co-founder of Pine & Swallow Environmental, a renowned landscape-engineering firm that has created soils for Lusitania Field at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the High Line in NYC, and many other projects around the world. He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This workshop starts in the classroom and ends in the field. CEUs will be available. Look at our website for additional details, including registration information.

Great Hall Lodge at Cedar Hill
265 Beaver St
Waltham, MA 02452

Sponsor(s): Grow Native Massachusetts
Time(s): 1:00 - 4:30pm
Cost: $38/ $48
Phone: 781-790-8921

Published on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
All information is subject to change.

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