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Ecological Gardening Symposium
Wednesday 08 November 2017, 01:00pm - 05:00pm

Save the Date! Join us for a mini-symposium on ecological gardening.

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Room

Join us for an afternoon learning how to become the steward of your landscape! Presenters will introduce you to the basic principals and benefits of ecological gardening. Discover a lower-maintenance approach to garden and a way to welcome birds and other wildlife to your yard. 

We'll explore ecological ways to improve your soil, techniques to select the ideal native plants for your growing conditions, how to monitor and manage invasive plants, and so much more! Presentations will be full of images and anecdotes from our presenters' case studies and growing experiences.


Theresa Sprague of BlueFlax Design

Theresa Sprague owns BlueFlax Design and works directly with property owners and conservation commissions on invasive species management and restoration projects throughout Cape Cod. Prior to forming her own company, BlueFlax Design, Ms. Sprague was responsible for coordinating restoration projects from design through construction. She holds a M.S. in Ecological Design from The Conway School.

Claudia Thompson of Grow Native Massachusetts

Ms. Thompson founded Grow Native Massachusetts in 2010 with a conviction that the wise stewardship of our lands begins at home, and that our future rests upon a 21st century attitudetoward conservation that embraces human activity as integral to our ecosystem. Claudia has had an extensive career as an environmental educator—including roles as the Director of Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Director of Drumlin Farm for Mass Audubon, and serving on the board of the New England Wild Flower Society. Claudia’s happiest moments are spent in her own gardens, watching a diversity of birds in the habitat she and her husband have created in urban Cambridge.

Rebecca Warner author of The Sustainable-Enough Garden

Rebecca Warner is a home gardener in Newton with thirty years’ experience working toward a sustainable garden. Her book, The Sustainable-Enough Garden is the story of her quest to make a beautiful garden that’s environmentally friendly. In the last six years she has overhauled her garden practices, from composting to mulching, lawn care to irrigation. She blogs weekly.

$60/general admission

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Tue May 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Morning Course
Tue May 22 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Afternoon Course
Tue May 22 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
CANCELLED - Landscaping for Watershed Health
Thu May 24 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Greenhouse Growing
Wed May 30 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Spring Landscape Tour
Wed Jun 06 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Bio-control of Lily Leaf Beetles
Tue Jun 12 @ 1:00PM - 04:30PM
Eco Printing: Fiber art workshop
Tue Jun 26 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Explore the Teaching Herb Garden
Wed Jul 11 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Art of Planting Design
Wed Jul 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Summer Stroll: Garden tour
Sun Jul 22 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
What's Buggin' Me?
Sat Aug 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Fall Planting Workshop
Thu Aug 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Summer Stroll: Garden Tour
Sun Aug 12 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson