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With everything going on in our world right now, gardening is one activity that can bring you peace. Gardening has been proven to build strength, improve memory, boost mood, and reduce stress. Whether you grow your own vegetables, native plants, or have a container garden, all forms of gardening are beneficial.

Our first presentation is Nature’s Best Hope by renowned author Doug Tallamy. Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 105 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for forty years. Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. In his new book, Nature’s Best Hope, Tallamy shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats.

Live Zoom Presentations

Date/Time Speaker Presentation
Click on link for recording Doug Tallamy Nature’s Best Hope
Click on link for recording Debbie Cook What is Biochar?
Click on link for recording Blake Dinius The Magic of Butterflies
Click on link for recording Lisey Good Making Your Garden a Sanctuary for Songbirds
Click on link for recording Susan Leigh Anthony The Battle Between Native and Invasive Plants
Click on link for recording Kerry Richardson Healthy Soil 101
Click on link for recording Sam Jaffe Caterpillars the Whole Story: Caterpillars, Connections, and Why Biodiversity Matters

Recorded Presentations 

Downloads, Give-aways, and more

Plant Resources from Kennedy’s Country Gardens

Useful plant resources from Blue Stem Natives, Doveflower Cottage, Blake Dinius, Doug Tallamy, and National Wildlife Federation

Congratulations to our prize winners!

  • Signed copy of Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy – Cindy Hess, Scituate
  • (#1) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Sally Avery, Cohasset
  • (#2) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Andrea Kindamo, Marshfield
  • (#3) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Pam Giovannini, Scituate
  • (#4) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Victoria Do, North Weymouth
  • (#5) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Emily Breen, Wareham
  • (#6) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Maureen  Francis , Plymouth
  • (#7) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Susan MacCallum, Marshfield
  • (#8) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Elizabeth Curran, Hanover
  • (#9) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Janice Todd, Cohasset
  • (#10) 1-gallon bag of Biochar – Elizabeth Thomson, Milford
  • Edible South Shore & South Coast Prize Package – Jon Lockwood, Norwell
  • (#1) $35 Blue Stem Natives Gift Card – Stephen  Litchfield,  Scituate
  • (#2) $35 Blue Stem Natives Gift Card – Joan Hutcheon, Braintree
  • (#3) $35 Blue Stem Natives Gift Card – Maureen Koelsch, Hull
  • Practical Organic Gardening by Mark Highland – Susan Laracy , Braintree
  • Collection of Seeds from Holly Hill Farm – Colleen Mulligan, Hanover
  • Custom Garden Plan by Susan Leigh Anthony – Natalie MacDonald, Scituate

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This FREE expo is sponsored by the WaterSmart program, North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Kennedy’s Country Gardens, Wild Ones – South Shore MA chapter, Edible South Shore & South Coast. 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.

Watch the 2019-2020 Gardening Green Expo Speaker Videos

Blake Dinius, Plymouth County Entomologist
America’s Forgotten Bees

Nature Watch from NSRWA – America Forgotten Bees from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

Susan Leigh Anthony, Doveflower Cottage Garden Designs
Native Pollinator Plants and the Pollinators Who Love Them

Nature Watch with NSRWA – Native Pollinator Plants from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

Kill Your Lawn
Part of our 2020 WaterWatch Lecture Series
Mark Richardson, Tower Hill Botanical Director – According to NASA, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn how to replace your lawn with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings from Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s director of horticulture Mark Richardson, co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, with photographer and author Dan Jaffe. This lecture is sponsored in part by Wild Ones – South Shore MA Chapter.

NATURE WATCH – KILL YOUR LAWN from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

Please enjoy these 2019 Gardening Green Expo videos thanks to Norwell Spotlight TV.

Katie Banks Hone, The Monarch Gardener
Saving the Monarch, One Yard at a Time

NORWELL NATURE WATCH – SAVING THE MONARCH, ONE YARD AT A TIME from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

Jon Belber, Friends of Holly Hill Farm
Planting Organic, Big and Small

NORWELL NATURE WATCH – PLANTING ORGANIC, BIG AND SMALL from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

Jean Devine, Meadowscaping for Biodiversity
Saving the Planet Starts in Your Backyard: How to Garden with Native Plants to Help Pollinators, Birds and Your Community

NORWELL NATURE WATCH – SAVING THE PLANTS STARTS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD: HOW TO GARDEN WITH NATIVE PLANTS TO HELP POLLINATORS from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

Blake Dinius, Plymouth County Entomologist
Little Bee, Big World: Challenges of Solitary Native Bees

NORWELL NATURE WATCH – CHALLENGES OF SOLITARY NATIVE BEES from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

Suzanne Mahler, SuzanneMahler.com
Creating a Garden for Pollinators

NORWELL NATURE WATCH – CREATING A GARDEN FOR POLLINATORS from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

Ken Pearl, Magical Moon Farm Bee Keeper
The Importance of Pollinators and What We Can Do for Them

NORWELL NATURE WATCH – THE IMPORTANCE OF POLLINATORS AND WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THEM from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.This FREE expo is sponsored by the WaterSmart programNorth and South Rivers Watershed Association and Kennedy’s Country Gardens.

How to Build a Rain Garden

Want to stop having standing water in your yard? Live near a waterbody and want to reduce polluted runoff? Want to create bird and butterfly habitat? These are just some of the potential benefits of building a rain garden on your property! Learn how to build a rain garden that helps save our water, uses native plants, and makes your property even more attractive to homebuyers and wildlife. NSRWA, WaterSmartSouthShore, and Wild Ones partnered for a Zoom meeting on How to Build a Rain Garden. Samantha Woods, Executive Director of the NSRWA gave a tour of some local rain gardens to visit on the South Shore, and Environmental Educator Brian Taylor provided instructions on how to build them. Britt Drews, Co-president of Mass Wild Ones – South Shore chapter shared her knowledge of the right plants for your rain garden, the advantages of using native plants, the benefits to wildlife, and where to source your native plants.

Other Rain Garden Resources:

Visit these South Shore Rain 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.