Course Detail: PER200 - Call of the Wild: The New Role in Home Landscaping

Our backyards have the potential to be important ecological hubs.

From improved soil quality and water filtration to providing resources for humans, pollinators, butterflies and birds, we can harness the growing power of plants in our own backyards. This session will provide a brief overview of many of the benefits of native plants and how we can incorporate them into beautiful gardens, while also creating healthy and functional ecosystems.

Student Testimonials:

"This course was an excellent broad overview of the subject of native plants and their ecological benefits. It demonstrated specifically how selective planting in one "average" lawn could be used to entice local pollinators and other beneficial insects to the area." - Former Student

"The class flowed very well. I liked the deep dive on how six plants can affect a whole ecosystem in terms of attracting beneficial bugs/birds. I also enjoyed learning the detailed benefits of specific plants." - Former Student

"Marissa Renz was very knowledgeable. She gave us information to get us started with our landscaping. Her PowerPoint presentation was well designed." - Former Student

"She did a great job of showing how the loss of wetlands and the degradation of soil can be countered with new ways of landscaping and gardening." - Former Student

Marissa Renz is the owner of Plant Happiness LLC, a garden consultation and design company located in Fort Wayne. After receiving her B.S. in Public Policy, Environmental Affairs, she received training in the Purdue Extension Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Urban Agriculture programs.  In 2023, she completed the Oregon State University Professional Permaculture Design Program. In the last decade, Marissa has worked in property management, provided designs and installations for clients, permaculture, community education, and organic market gardening.  Marissa's research of plants and garden design focuses on creating visually appealing outdoor spaces that also operate as balanced and functional ecosystems.

Learn more about her services by visiting her website at:

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