The Little Prairie at Little Prairie Community Garden
GHF is excited to announce a new native plant demonstration garden at Little Prairie Community Garden in Lawrence! Lovingly named The Little Prairie at Little Prairie Community Garden, GHF will be creating a new native plant garden to create habitat for pollinators that will benefit the both the community garden and the surrounding ecosystem.
As we create the garden, we will be hosting workshops that will provide native plant gardening education in an active and hands-on way. This approach will help us both create a wonderful garden space for our community and cultivate a space for folks to learn more about native plant gardening. We will be documenting our process as a resource for other gardeners looking for an example of how a garden may progress through the seasons.
The Little Prairie project will begin in Spring of 2021 and has the potential to grow for years to come.
Spring 2021 Workshop Information
Our Planning and Design Workshop scheduled for April 10th POSTPONED to Sunday April 11th from 9 AM to 11 AM due to the chance for rain and high winds. Please see below for additional workshop dates.
Our Planning and Design Workshop on April 10th is FULL. If you have already sent in an RSVP, your spot has been confirmed and we look forward to seeing you on the 10th. If you missed your chance to register, we have added a second Planning and Design Workshop on April 22nd. See below for details!
We have three workshops scheduled for this spring (see below for full descriptions):
POSTPONED to Sunday April 11th from 9 AM to 11 AM: Native Plant Garden Planning and Design Workshop- Saturday, April 10th, 2021 from 9 AM to 11 AM- FULL!
New: Native Plant Garden Planning and Design Workshop- Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 5 PM to 7 PM
Native Plant Garden Planting Workshop- Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM
All of the workshops will be hosted outdoors at our new garden. The first half of the workshops will be a talk about the topics outlined, with plenty of room for questions, and the second half will be spent in the garden itself. With green space adjacent to the garden, there will be lots of room to socially distance as we discuss the topics of the workshop that day- bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on while we talk. However, if demand is too high, we may need to limit the number of participants. We also ask that you please wear a mask!
We welcome gardeners of all ages and abilities to participate in our workshops and to help us take care of this garden. One of the key goals of this project, keeping with the goals of Little Prairie Community Garden as a whole, is to provide a space for those interested in gardening who may not have a space to garden in of their own. This garden will be built by our community and for our community- we are honored to be facilitating such an exciting project!
An RSVP for the workday is REQUIRED! Use the button below to reserve your spot.
Little Prairie Community Garden is a city-sponsored community garden located just north of Peterson Park on Nigel Drive in Lawrence (Click here for the location). The community garden is allotted over an acre of land and is designated as a community garden through a program sponsored by the city of Lawrence called Common Ground. Our native plant garden will be located along the southwest corner of the garden area, with room to expand in future years. To learn more about Little Prairie Community Garden, visit their Facebook page.
About Little Prairie Community Garden
Spring Workshop Descriptions
Native Plant Garden Planning and Design Workshop
Saturday, April 10th, 2021 from 9 AM to 11 AM
Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 5 PM to 7 PM
Interested in installing a native plant garden in your yard but need a bit more information before you begin? Join us for our Native Plant Garden Planning and Design workshop on April 10 at GHF’s new native plant demonstration garden site at Little Prairie Community Garden in Lawrence. This workshop will cover the basics of garden design and what to consider before planting your garden, including choosing a site, selecting plants, and how to prepare the area. This workshop will have an emphasis on soil and the importance that cultivating a good foundation can have on short- and long-term garden health. After a discussion on these topics, we invite you to join us in our garden to put some of the skills to the test as we prepare areas of the garden for planting later in the season. We welcome anyone of all abilities and knowledge of gardening- this workshop is beginner friendly and can be a great, hands-on way to learn about native plant gardening.
Native Plant Garden Planting Workshop
Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM
Join us May 22 for an active workshop about planting and caring for a new native plant garden. In this workshop we will discuss how to properly space and plant native plants, as well as discuss early maintenance that will need to be done to make sure your newly planted garden can thrive. We will also reinforce design ideas and things you may want to consider when placing your plants in the garden. After we have discussed the principles of planting, we will be installing our own native plant garden and we invite you to join us in planting this great community space! This is a wonderful, hands-on opportunity to learn and experience how to plant a new garden. Our workshop is great for beginners starting their first garden, and also a great experience for those who may be familiar with natives but would like to see our approach to a native plant garden. Participating in this workshop is also a great way to get into native plant gardening without having outdoor space of your own to plant and maintain.