Why do so many attempts at making wildflower meadows fail – including organic ones? In order to create a truly sustainable meadow, we must learn to think and act like a meadow and a weed. A meadow is a community of plants that “get along” with each other by creating a sustainable level of competition, thereby filling niches that might be filled by undesirable vegetation. A weedy site is nothing more than opportunistic plants doing their thing. Meadow-making is giving the advantage to desirable vegetation and discourages the undesirables. It starts with a thorough analysis of the site. From that, we learn what plants exist and how to prepare the area properly, and which plant species will thrive in the community and exclude the weeds. The secret is learning how to mimic Nature by layering vegetation throughout the seasons. Then we guide the meadow through infancy, into adolescence, and finally into maturity, editing and adding as needed, always with a watchful eye toward the weeds. This advanced workshop will illustrate the above techniques in an established meadow and a newly prepared and seeded meadow in the same location. Come prepared to question and ask technical questions.