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Gardening Green Expo 2024 has ended. Thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, vendors, and volunteers who made it happen! Thank you to Harbor Media for filming our live presentations. Please continue to enjoy the videos and resources below.

Our theme this year is: Sustainable Gardening
A sustainable garden is one that gives back to nature instead of taking from it. By gardening sustainably, these practices ensure that your garden will be more self-sustaining, require less water, and be more low maintenance. With eco-friendly practices like these, you can ensure your garden will remain healthy and will be able to adapt to the effects of a changing climate:

  • Plant More Heat and Drought Tolerant Native Plants
  • Collect Rain Water and Create Rain Gardens
  • Reduce Lawn to Create Natural Defenses Against Flooding
  • Leave the Leaves and Plants in the Fall for Wildlife
  • Eliminate the Use of Chemicals
  • Compost Food and Garden Waste to Improve Soil Health
  • Plant Pollinator Friendly Plants

Our featured presenter is renowned author Doug Tallamy. With Bringing Nature Home, Tallamy changed the conversation about gardening in America. His second book, the New York Times bestseller Nature’s Best Hope, urged homeowners to take conservation into their own hands. This year he will be presenting his newest talk, I Know You’re Very Busy but… I Want to Learn More About Nature Gardening.

Tallamy says, “Nearly every day I get emails from people who have read my books and heard my talks and yet still have questions about ecological landscaping. These are good, thoughtful questions about ecology and evolution, biodiversity, invasive species, insect declines, native and non-native plants, conservation and restoration, residential and city landscapes, urban issues, oak biology, keystone plants, Homegrown National Park, monarchs, supporting wildlife at home, and more. In this talk I address as many of these queries as I can with hope that my answers will further motivate people to help restore ecosystem function where they live, work, play, worship, and farm.”

Zoom Presentations

The Secret Lives of Bugs – Blake Dinius, Plymouth County Entomologist – SEE VIDEO BELOW

I Know You’re Very Busy but… I Want to Learn More About Nature Gardening – Doug Tallamy, Homegrown National Park – SEE VIDEO BELOW

The Nitty-Gritty of Building a Sustainable Garden – Kristen Nicholson, Blue Stem Natives – SEE VIDEO BELOW

Achieving a Beautiful Garden with Drought Tolerant Plants – Susan Leigh Anthony, Doveflower Cottage Garden Designs – SEE VIDEO BELOW

The Joy of Composting – Turning Garbage to Gold – Ann McGovern, Mass DEP (Retired) – SEE VIDEO BELOW

Live Presentations at Kennedy’s

Rain Gardens: Gardening for a Greener Future! – Brian Taylor, NSRWA – SEE VIDEO BELOW

Rewilding 101: Attract More Wildlife While Saving Time and Money: Step-by-step guidelines on how to let nature reclaim a tiny portion of your lawn – Lisey Good, Wild Cohasset – VIDEO COMING SOON

Regenerative Farming and Our Practices at Holly Hill – Jon Belber, Holly Hill Farm – VIDEO COMING SOON

Nibbling on Native Plants in Your Back Yard and Beyond – Russ Cohen, Naturalist and Wild Edibles Instructor – VIDEO COMING SOON

Congratulations to Our Prize Winners!

  • Signed copy of Doug Tallamy’s book “Nature’s Best Hope”- Ellen Piaskoski
  • Rain barrel from the WaterSmart program – Susan Shapiro
  • 10×10 garden plot ($40 value) at Scituate Community Garden for 2024  (Prize will be mailed from vendor) – Judith Reagan
  • Gift basket and 1 year subscription from Edible Southeastern Massachusetts – Nancy Bartlett
  • $50 gift card from Kennedy’s Country Gardens (Prize will be mailed from vendor) – Suzanne Edsall
  • Seeds from Holly Hill Farm – Carrie Moores
  • $50 gift card from Blue Stem Natives  (Prize will be mailed from vendor)  – Susan Baker

Downloads, Give-aways, and More

Plant Resources

From Kennedy’s Country Gardens, UMass, and CZM

Plant and Garden Resources

From Blue Stem Natives, Doveflower Cottage, Blake Dinius, Doug Tallamy, and National Wildlife Federation, Wild Ones, Mass DEP, and the Buy Nothing Project

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. 

The Secret Lives of Bugs – Blake Dinius, Plymouth County Entomologist

I Know You’re Very Busy but… I Want to Learn More About Nature Gardening – Doug Tallamy

The Nitty-Gritty of Building a Sustainable Garden – Kristen Nicholson, Blue Stem Natives

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Achieving a Beautiful Garden with Drought Tolerant Plants – Susan Leigh Anthony, Doveflower Cottage Garden Designs

The Joy of Composting – Turning Garbage to Gold – Ann McGovern, Mass DEP (Retired)

Rain Gardens: Gardening for a Greener Future! – Brian Taylor, NSRWA

Please Enjoy These Videos From Past Expos

Building Good Healthy Regenerative Soil in a Changing Climate – Jon Belber, Holly Hill Farm

Protecting Our Waters Through Gardening – Brian Taylor, NSRWA

Attract More Butterflies to Your Garden! – Lisey Good, – Founder, Wild Cohasset

Biochar – For Healthy Plants and a Healthy Planet – Debbie Cook, Biochar Afficionado

Climate Conscious Gardening: Building Sustainable Landscapes – Kristen Nicholson, Blue Stem Natives

The Nature of Oaks – Doug Tallamy, Renowned author and Professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware

Composting and Mulching for Climate-Wise Gardening – Ann McGovern,  Compost Specialist, Mass Dept. of Environmental Protection (Retired)

The Ecosystem Native Plants Support – Blake Dinius, Plymouth County Entomologist

The Drought Resistant Yard: Creating Beautiful Spaces Using Native and Non-native Plants with Less Water – Susan Leigh Anthony, Doveflower Cottage Garden Designs

Pollinators and Their Host PlantsBlue Stem Natives 

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

Audubon Plants for Birds Presentation by Don Eaton, Bower & Branch

Growing Tasty Edible Greens and Snacks – Jon Belber, Holly Hill Farm

Building a Rain Garden – Samantha Woods, NSRWA

Composting for Zero Waste – Ann McGovern, Retired MassDEP Compost Specialist

Backyard Birding – Doug Lowry, Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries

Watch the 2019-2020 Gardening Green Expo 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.