"Editing what Mother Nature has written and trying not to get in her way."
That's how the introduction to a workshop in Michigan begins.
It's a two-day class on how to optimize a wooded lot on your property by using native trees and shrubs. Woodland wildflowers are the focus of Janet Marcunovich's presentation. She is a Practical Gardening Trainer at Practical Gardening.
The column she wrote for the Detroit News for 12-years is online at Practical Gardening. You can take out a free trial membership to read the articles. Click on the link that says "Growing Concerns Archive."
It's all in Michigan and out of our range but I sure would like to turn our back yard into the one in the photograph.