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Fire-smarting an Established Landscape and the Use of Native Plants
Fairfax Library
2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930
Contact: Willow Taraja at: wtaraja@marincounty.org
Sponsor: UC Marin Master Gardeners

Program: A large portion of the home gardens and landscapes in Marin County are well-established and/or mature. However, many are not now designed to deal with wildfire risk effectively. Homeowners need to transition to a fire-smart landscape design that protects structures while retaining or improving garden health, support of beneficial wildlife, efficient use of water, and development of a healthier natural environment. Where to begin? And how to progress? Bob Mauceli will show what steps he has taken in his garden as work-in-progress examples of implementing Marin Master Gardener recommended Fire-Smart principles to reduce wildfire hazard risk in an established garden. He will also discuss why use of native plants is important to both increasing the landscape’s wildfire resilience and improving its health, biodiversity, and sustainability.

Speaker: Bob Mauceli A Master Gardener for almost 17 years –8 in Marin and 9 in Monroe County NY, he is a co-founder and co-chair of the Marin Master Gardener (MMG) Native Plants Guild, co-chair of the MMG Garden Walks Project and an original member of the MMG Fire-smart Project Team. He is also a member of the California Native Plant Society, Marin Audubon Society, and a long-time birder. He talks about gardening with native California plants, building home habitat corridor gardens, attracting birds to home gardens, and turning home landscapes into wildfire-smart landscapes.

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by Fairfax Library and Marin Master Gardeners

Contact: Willow Taraja, LA II, MCFL Fairfax at: wtaraja@marincounty.org or call office: 415-453-8151 or mobile: 707-326-1652