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Sustainable Living Series: Session III

July 13, 2019 from 10:00am to Noon

Going Native: Backyard Native Landscaping. 

Join Chikaming Open Lands to learn the art and science of creating a sustainable native landscape in your own backyard! Learn the many benefits of "going native" at the beautiful restored prairie of Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister!

Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister dug into native landscaping in 2005 when they adopted two acres outside Three Oaks. The scruffy property, was chock full of invasive species. In the spring of 2006, they got help clearing, burning and seeding — but since then, they’ve been mostly a DIY operation. 

Over the last 14 years, their work has blossomed into a native sanctuary, complete with a small prairie, savannah, and wetland area. It’s incredibly diverse, with over 100 varieties of native forbs, grasses, sedges, and native deciduous shrubs and trees, and that diversity brings some wild visitors.

Dan and Elizabeth say their native landscape project was one of the most rewarding things they’ve ever done — and they’re eager to share their enthusiasm — and seeds — with COL neighbors.

Space is limited. Please contact COL to reserve your space at or call (269) 405-1006. 

$10 per person, per session.

Directions and parking information for the Collison and Meister home will be provided to registered attendees during the week prior to the session.