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Presented by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod &
The Friends of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 869 Main St, Brewster
SUNDAYS, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

March 12th - Lessons for the garden: What native plants have taught me, Claudia Thompson, founder & president, Grow Native Massachusetts


Integrating more native plants into our gardens and managed landscapes is today’s model for being ecologically smart and helping to sustain life for birds, butterflies, pollinators, and wildlife. But creating a beautiful and vibrant landscape utilizing natives requires more than simply substituting indigenous species for our old favorite horticultural exotics. After a quick refresher about why gardening with native plants is so important, we will take an in-depth look at the lessons these plants have taught me over twenty-five years of gardening. This program will reaffirm your commitment to the joy and importance of native plants in our managed landscapes, and give you valuable tips for working with them.

Claudia Thompson is the president of Grow Native Massachusetts, an organization that she founded in 2010 as the culmination of an extensive career in the environmental sector. She began her career as a teacher and environmental educator. More recently, she served as the Director of Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Director of Drumlin Farm for Mass Audubon, and as a board member for the New England Wild Flower Society. Her motivation for starting Grow Native Massachusetts comes from her conviction that the wise stewardship of our lands begins at home.

Grow Native ❦ Massachusetts - Every garden matters ~ Every landscape counts!

March 26th - KILL YOUR LAWN! Mark Richardson, New England Wild Flower Society’s Horticulture Director


"Lawns are a soul-crushing time-suck," read the headline of a recent article on 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 why you should “kill your lawn,” and how to replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings.

Mark Richardson is New England Wild Flower Society’s Horticulture Director. He oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in Waterwise Landscape Designs with Trevor Smith of Land Escapesthe Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. Mark studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master's degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.

April 2nd – Bird-friendly Gardens with Nanette Masi


Does your landscape offer a “must-visit” invitation to your feathered friends? What are the secrets to transforming your yard into a bird buffet while at the same time enhancing the beauty of your landscape? Discover how you can brighten your gardens with a variety of colorful birds and surround yourself with their music by using ornamental native plants.

Native plants have evolved along with our local songbirds over eons. They’re well-adapted to our soil and weather conditions, making them the perfect choice for inviting birds into your backyard. We can add year-round beauty to our gardens while providing the best nutrition and cover local birds need to survive and thrive in New England.

Nanette Masi, M.Ed., shares her love of nature, photography, & education through her landscape design firm ‘Back to Nature.’ Her mission is to help people re-connect to the natural world, to enjoy the rewards of bird- & butterfly-watching, and to learn organic methods of gardening for their own health and the health of their community. With degrees in Botany, Ecology, & Science Education, certification as an organic landscape professional through NOFA, & years of organic gardening and design experience, she has been a guiding force in the creation of wildlife habitat gardens throughout the region, as well as a resource for schools, towns, conservation organizations & gardening associations.

April 9th - Attractive, Nature-friendly Native Plants for the Cape Cod Landscape,Michael Talbot, Co-owner, Environmental Landscape Consultants


An important part of designing and creating attractive gardens and landscapes more in harmony with the Cape’s fragile ecology is the increased use of native plants. Come learn from one of the pioneers and experts of the “Nature-scaping” movement about why, how and what native plants to use in all areas of the landscape. A diverse array of native plants provides multiple seasons of beauty and many other benefits to us. Michael will show examples of many specific native plants appropriate to the Cape and Islands—including plants available at local nurseries; and he will be available to answer your questions.

Michael Talbot has pioneered the integration of conservation restoration and ecological land care with ornamental landscape design and management for more than three decades, including the appropriate use of native plants and plant communities in the modern American landscape. Michael is the principal consultant for Environmental Landscape Consultants LLC, based in Mashpee, providing design and other services throughout New England and the northeast. He is also co-owner of Talbot Ecological Land Care, a Cape Cod company that specializes in conservation and landscape restoration, invasive plant management and environmentally-friendly tree, shrub and lawn care services. Michael is a certified arborist, Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist, landscape designer, restoration ecologist, educator and author. He has lectured on this and related topics from the University of Maine to Washington D.C. He was vice-chair of the Mashpee Conservation Commission for many years, and now serves as Chair of Mashpee’s Environmental Oversight Committee. In 2008, Michael received an “Environmental Champion Award” from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod for his decades of work promoting ecological landscaping and organic land care.


March 5th - Waterwise Landscape Designs with Trevor Smith of Land Escapes


Water is simultaneously part of our daily routine and the stuff of mystery. We use it to cook our food, wash our dishes, and brush our teeth; yet few of us can stand on the beach and not lose themselves watching the breakers roll in. In the face of climate change, water is becoming much more of an issue. We either have too much rainfall all at once or too little when we really need it, and it sometimes seems that this life-giving resource has turned against us.

Get reacquainted with water! Learn simple methods to capture and reuse stormwater and manage it on your property. We will discuss rain harvesting, permeable pavements, green roofs and rain gardens.

Trevor Smith is the owner of Land Escapes, a full service ecological landscaping company. He is a past president of the Ecological Landscape Alliance. His professional credentials include LEED Green Associate with USGBC, Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist, Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP), GLTi Certified Green Roof/Wall System Installer, and Landscape For Life Certified Trainer.