Welcome Spring at the 5th Annual Gardening Green Expo!
It’s almost spring and that means it’s time to attend the Gardening Green Expo. The theme for this year is Beautiful Landscapes Less Water, and the event will feature talks and demonstrations on how to make your yard beautiful and bountiful and save water at the same time! The expo is Saturday, April 1 from 10:00am-4:00pm at Kennedy’s Country Gardens, 85 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy (Rt. 3A), Scituate. This is a FREE event and is family friendly, so bring the kids!
Drought tolerant plants, composting and amending your soil, organic lawn care practices, the importance of healthy soil, low-water grass seed cultivars, managing your water resources, soil testing, incorporating edibles into your landscape and animals that help the garden – these are just a few of the speakers, workshops and exhibits coming to the Gardening Green Expo.
You can stroll through Greenhouse 4 and visit with vendors of products and services that will help you get the best out of your garden and lawn. The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association will once again be providing soil testing (Click here for instructions on preparing your soil sample), as well as focusing on drought tolerant plants. There will also be talks by local experts and environmental organizations:
- 10:00am – Benefits of a Healthy Soil – Kerry Richardson, Bower & Branch/Organic Plant Magic
- 11:00am – Biochar – A Miracle for Your Yard and the Planet – Debbie Cook, Biochar Enthusiast
- 12:00noon – Organic Lawns in Drought Conditions – Mike Donoghue, Living Niche Organic Land Care
- 1:00pm – Edible Landscaping – Jon Belber, Friends of Holly Hill Farm
- 2:00pm – Caterpillar Tunnels – Inexpensive Sustainability Solutions – Doug Lowry, Mass Audubon
- 3:00pm – Managing our Water Resources for the Future – Innovative Tools and Tactics for Water
Conservation – Samantha Woods, North and South Rivers Watershed Association
In conjunction with the expo, NSRWA will be taking orders for rain barrels and composters. “We moved our sale up this year so that people could get their rain barrels in time to capture the spring rains”, said Lori Wolfe, NSRWA Director of Marketing and WaterSmart Program Manager. “Lawn and garden watering take more water than people realize. When we have drought conditions and the streams are drying up, limiting outdoor watering and using water from a rain barrel can help conserve large amounts of water. To water a one acre lawn with just 1” of water consumes 26,000 gallons of water – or more than a standard 16’x32’ swimming pool! We want people to realize they can have beautiful, healthy yards using techniques that can actually save them time and money, and also save our precious water resources.”
This FREE expo is sponsored by the WaterSmart program, North and South Rivers Watershed Association and Kennedy’s Country Gardens. The WaterSmart program is a partnership with 10 towns on the South Shore; Aquarion (Hingham and Hull), Duxbury, Hanover, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Scituate, Weymouth which provides education to school children and adults on water conservation in your home, business and town.
Location – Kennedy’s Country Gardens, 85 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy (Rt. 3A), Scituate, MA