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Poppies, Pollinators & People! (1.5 LU|HSW)

Through a regenerative approach to residential urban design, eco-garden and western feng shui designer Alisa Rose Seidlitz of Loving Gardens Designs will discuss pollinator habitat plants, edible flowers, ecologically-sound and water-wise design choices, some surprising bee info, and some open secrets about CA poppies and the plants we call “weeds.” She’ll share ways to create outdoor spaces of beauty and delight, while staying in sync with nature. 

Massey Burke, executive director of the California Straw Building Association, will then give an introduction to carbon sequestering  building materials, and an overview of how natural building methods, combined with regenerative supply chains, provide a powerful toolkit for positive action.

There will be an in-person show and tell!

About Our Speakers

Alisa Rose Seidlitz, BFQDP, CGBP, GreenAP

Bay-Friendly/Rescape Qualified Designer and longtime member of EBMUD’s Landscape Advisory Committee, Alisa Rose Seidlitz, BFQDP, CGBP, GreenAP, Designer, Educator & DIY Coach, helps happy clients make their garden dreams come true. As team lead, she designed and presented Build It Green CEU classes over several years, as well as presenting classes for Bay-Friendly/Stop Waste.

She was initial Co-Chair of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Land Use Group, is a founding design team member of the Edible Schoolyard and a founding member of the Berkeley Community Gardening Collective. Her expertise in Western Feng Shui brings an additional, deeply nourishing, supportive layer to her work throughout the Bay Area.

Massey Burke

Massey Burke is the executive director of the California Straw Building Association, the natural materials specialist for Verdant Structural Engineers, and a natural materials design/build consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She began as a hands-on a practitioner two decades ago, and currently works on research, design, and implementation of natural, low-carbon and carbon-sequestering building techniques, with a specific interest in supply chains and bringing natural building materials into the urban fabric.  She helps clients, architects, and contractors design for and manage construction with natural materials, and she partners with organizations including Arup, StopWaste, and the Carbon Leadership Forum to generate technical information and help remove barriers to scaling up natural, carbon sequestering building methods.


Apr 11 2024


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 11 2024
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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