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Landscape for Life

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Transform your home, school and public landscapes into healthy refuges that benefit birds, pollinators, wildlife, the community and waterways.

Learn how nature provides “ecosystem services” and how you can foster, rather than impede, nature’s ability to do this by undertaking small changes in your landscaping practices.

Transform your home and public landscapes into healthy refuges that benefit wildlife, pollinators, the community and waterways. This three week course will teach you how to build soil, harvest rainwater, encourage diverse and abundant plantings and plan a garden that supports life.

We’ll dive into the science of soil and discover what makes plants flourish or flop while learning how to make compost and take soil samples. We’ll tour rain-gardens at Fox Haven that employ native, medicinal and edible plant species. We’ll explore sustainable building materials and ponder the path of cradle to cradle designing. And, we’ll even peek into composting toilets and greywater systems that close the loop and protect our rivers while talking about how we can start capturing and holding nutrients in our own gardens.

Nature provides “ecosystem services” and you can foster nature’s ability to do this by undertaking small changes in your landscaping practices – no matter how big or how small you start.

March 10th

Ecosystem Services

Assessing your Land

Soil Science, Regenerative Landscaping and Composting with Phil Westcott of Key City Compost

Touring Greywater System and Compost Toilet with John Hanson of NutriCycle Systems LLC


March 17th

Natives, Invasives and how to choose plants that benefit wildlife and pollinators

Touring Fox Haven Rain-Gardens

Designing with Natives with Julie Borneman of Watermark Woods Native Plant Nursery


March 24th

Sourcing Sustainable Building Materials

Capturing Water and Nutrients

Designing “Stormwater Trains” with Donna Evans of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection


Student fee includes all tours, lectures, hands-on lessons and materials.

This course is led by Nan McCarry, a sustainable living enthusiast, lifelong learner and certified instructor in the “Landscape for Life” program. Nan has a master’s degree in geography and studies human transformation of the Earth through time. She is a member of the Society for Economic Botany and the Society of Ethnobiology, as well as a Virginia Master Naturalist and a volunteer ambassador for the Audubon At Home program. Nan is working on regenerating her three acres into a small forest.

Lacey Walker is a farmer and educator that searches for meaningful relationships with plants from all diaspora and origin. Lacey is the Program Coordinator and Garden Manager at Fox Haven Learning Center, a certified Permaculture Designer, a Neighborhood Soil Rebuilder with the Institute for Local Self Reliance and a Centro Ashe trained community herbalist. Lacey manages the Fresh Medicinal Herb CSA at Fox Haven and hopes to repopulate Fox Haven’s forests with botanical medicinals.


Donna Evans, of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, has thirty five years of experience in the landscape design/build industry.  Her career path highlights the importance of a site assessment and a landscape plan which integrates stormwater management practices (Environmental Site Design) with functional and aesthetic goals.

Julie Borneman is a VNLA Certified Horticulturalist and owner of Watermark Woods Native Plants, the only pesticide-free native plant nursery in Hamilton Virginia. Julie is currently working towards her certification as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.



March 10
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Lacey Walker


Chestnut Farm at Fox Haven
3630 Poffenberger Rd
Jefferson, 21755
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