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March 28, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - April 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Connecting to the Natural World
Now more than ever we need an escape from the pressures of daily life. Connecting to nature can reduce stress, improve mood, and more. You can even reap the benefits in your own backyard.
Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1, 2022 – Live Zoom Presentations
Our featured presenter is Nancy Lawson, renowned author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife. Lawson is a habitat consultant and national speaker on garden ecology. She founded Humane Gardener to pioneer creative planting strategies and other animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson’s presentations at diverse venues—from national wildlife refuges to local wildflower preserves—have inspired even seasoned horticulturists and wildlife experts to look at their landscapes in a new way. Certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and master naturalist, she partners with conservation and animal advocacy organizations in central Maryland. Her book and garden have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other media outlets.
Live Zoom Presentations – See Recordings & Presentations Below
|Monday, March 28||7:00 PM||Kid-Friendly Gardens – Susan Leigh Anthony, Doveflower Cottage Garden Designs|
|Tuesday, March 29||12:00 Noon||Garden for Wildlife: Remove Invasives & Plant Natives to Help Birds, Butterflies and Other Wild Creatures – Lisey Good, Founder, Wild Cohasset|
|Tuesday, March 29||7:00 PM||The Importance of Insects and Gardening for Native Bees – Blake Dinius, Entomologist Educator at County of Plymouth|
|Wednesday, March 30||12:00 Noon||Audubon Plants for Birds – Don Eaton, Bower & Branch|
|Wednesday, March 30||7:00 PM||Growing Tasty Edible Greens and Snacks – Jon Belber, Holly Hill Farm|
|Thursday, March 31||12:00 Noon||Building a Rain Garden – Samantha Woods, NSRWA|
|Thursday, March 31||7:00 PM||* The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife – Nancy Lawson, Humane Gardener|
|Friday, April 1||12:00 Noon||Composting for Zero Waste – Ann McGovern, Retired MassDEP Compost Specialist|
|Friday, April 1||7:00 PM||Backyard Birding – Doug Lowry, Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries|
* NOTE: The presentation by Nancy Lawson will not be recorded, it can only be viewed live.
- Pollinators and Their Host Plants – Blue Stem Natives
- Building an Insect Hotel/Supporting Biodiversity at Home – Angie Daugirda, Organic Plant Magic
Register to win these prizes!
- A signed copy of Nancy Lawson’s book “The Humane Gardener”
- A signed copy of Doug Tallamy’s book ” The Nature of Oaks”
- 1 of 2 garden signs from Blue Stem Natives
- A $500 online gift card from Bower & Branch
- (5) $100 online gift cards from Bower & Branch
- A rain barrel and small diverter from the WaterSmart program
- A bag of soil and a bag of fertilizer from Organic Plant Magic
- Gift basket from Edible South Shore
Downloads, Give-aways, and more
- Free native tree saplings from Bartlett Tree Experts (Available for pickup at the NSRWA office – M,W,F from 10am-5pm – Starting March 28, 2022)
- $35 Special NSRWA NEW Member Deal with $25 Kennedy’s Gift Card and $10 Explore South Shore Guide Map can be ordered online (For NEW NSRWA members only)
- Order your rain barrels and composters online
- Download our 16-page Greenscapes Guide – With tips on how to create a beautiful healthy yard the natural way. (After filling out the online form you will be redirected to the guide.)
- Get your FREE Help Save Water lawn sign (Available for pickup at the NSRWA office M,W,F from 10am-5pm – Starting March 28, 2022)
- Pick up your FREE copy of Edible South Shore Magazine (Available for pickup at the NSRWA office – M,W,F from 10am-5pm – Starting March 28, 2022)
- Purchase any piece from the Kjeld Mahoney Wild Life Gallery Show – 10% of the profits are donated to NSRWA
- Watch our 2019-2021 Gardening Green Expo videos!
Plant Resources from Kennedy’s Country Gardens and UMass
- Native Perennials for Sun
- Native Perennials for Shade
- Perennials for Pollinators and Birds
- Annuals for Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Songbirds
- Native Plants for Native Pollinators
- Deer Resistant Natives
- Plants to Support At-risk Insects by Dr. Robert Gegear
Useful plant resources from Blue Stem Natives, Doveflower Cottage, Blake Dinius, Doug Tallamy, and National Wildlife Federation
- Roadside Plants
- Edible Plants
- Shoreline Plants
- The Battle Between Native and Invasive Plants
- The Magic of Butterflies Resource List
- Native Plant Finder
- Homegrown National Park
- Kid-Friendly Gardens – Books
- Kid-Friendly Gardens – Plants
- Little Bee Big World Resource List
Want to see more programs like this? Please make a gift to the NSRWA to protect local waters.
This FREE expo is sponsored by the WaterSmart program, North and South Rivers Watershed Association, and Kennedy’s Country Gardens. WaterSmart is a nonprofit partnership between the NSRWA and 12 towns on the South Shore: Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Rockland, Scituate and Weymouth. Our programs are based on the belief that education is key. Since its creation, WaterSmart has educated thousands of local school-age children, adults, and businesses on water conservation, stormwater pollution, where their water comes from, and how to care for it.
Building an Insect Hotel/Supporting Biodiversity at Home – Angie Daugirda, Organic Plant Magic
Kid-Friendly Gardens – Susan Leigh Anthony, Doveflower Cottage Garden Designs
Garden for Wildlife: Remove Invasives & Plant Natives to Help Birds, Butterflies and Other Wild Creatures
By Lisey Good, Founder, Wild Cohasset – The Lisey Good Zoom presentation video had a conversion error, however, you can download the presentation and listen to the audio with the links below:
Download Lisey Good’s Presentation here.
Listen to Lisey Good’s Presentation here
The Importance of Insects and Gardening for Native Bees – Blake Dinius, Entomologist Educator at County of Plymouth
Growing Tasty Edible Greens and Snacks – Jon Belber, Holly Hill Farm
Building a Rain Garden – Samantha Woods, NSRWA