In preparation for spring, the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will offer opportunities to learn about landscaping and gardening with native plants, including a Native Plant Landscaping Symposium  Feb. 24 and multiple "Native Plant School" evening classes on a variety of topics from January through April. These educational opportunities will help meet the increased demand for information about using drought-tolerant, pollinator-friendly prairie species in the home landscape.

At the Native Plant Landscaping Symposium, attendees will hear the vignettes of ten master native plant gardeners, experience a virtual tour of their landscapes in photos, and have a time for dialogue with each gardener.

From wild and ecological in nature to more horticultural and manicured, our speakers will present a broad range of design styles in gardening with native plants. With hundreds of years of collective gardening experience in the room, it will be an enriching and inspiring day to think about ways to create, shift, or enhance a native garden/landscape.

The day will begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by introductions at 8:30 a.m., and will end at approximately 3:15 p.m. The cost of registration is $40 for Dyck Arboretum members and $50 for non-members for those who register by Feb. 2 and includes a full day of presentations, breakfast, and lunch. After Feb. 2 registration increases by $10. Participants should RSVP for the symposium by Feb. 21 to be included in the meal count.