Beginning Thurs., May 4, Riverside Park will host “Landscape for Life”, a new sustainable gardening course developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, U.S. Botanic Garden, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The course will take place on five consecutive Thursdays, May 4 through June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Riverside Park Complex, located at 1701 Fitzenreiter Rd.
Participants can expect to learn how to work with nature to create and maintain low-maintenance gardens for their own benefit and to benefit local wildlife. This program is open to all, especially lifelong learners and gardeners, free of charge.
“Landscape for Life” was developed to promote sustainable landscaping practices related to soil, water, plants, and materials. Each participant will receive a workbook, 10 total hours of instruction related to sustainable landscaping, and a certificate upon completion. By the end of the course, each participant will have assessed their own yard’s soil types, water resources, climate factors, and existing plants.
Irvin Louque, a certified “Landscape for Life” instructor, will teach the course each week. He graduated from McNeese State University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural resource conservation and management and currently develops Tuten Park’s education and habitat management programs for the City of Lake Charles.
Sustainability and nature are major focuses of Riverside Park and spreading this information is central to the park’s purpose of promoting conservation of natural resources.
Participants can register by calling the City of Lake Charles at 491-8770 or emailing email@example.com Registration is required for all who plan to attend. Registrants are asked to arrive by 5:45 pm for each class. Coffee will be served at each workshop.