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Gardening for Life 2019

Sundays at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

All tickets go on sale February 1st through www.ccmnh.org

March 10th

Design-less Gardening: An Ecological Approach with Dan Jaffe of New England Wildflower Society

Rethink the old rules of gardening. How many inches of bark mulch are needed between plants? Should weeds be pulled? Is it necessary to clean the garden every fall? Some of these rules make sense; some do not. Join GFL favorite Dan Jaffe for an exploration of the rules of gardening and learn how to build beautiful, resilient, and ecologically viable gardens without the services of a full-time gardener. His book Native Plants for New England Gardens was released spring of 2018.

March 31st

The Native Plant Cocktail Hour Garden with C.L. Fornari

In the 21st century it becomes even more important to take a break at the end of the day, put aside our digital devices and reconnect with other people and the natural world. We can all benefit from a native plant garden created for the senses. Whether you sit in such a space with a cup of coffee in the morning, an iced tea in the afternoon, or a cocktail at the end of the day, “The Native Plant Cocktail Hour Garden” will be a refuge for you and the birds, bees and butterflies that share your libations!

C.L. Fornari is a creative gardening expert (aka plant geek) who transitioned from artist to garden communicator in 1995. She is the author seven books including her latest, The Cocktail Hour Garden, published by St. Lynn’s Press.

April 7th

Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit with Teri Chace

“Every seed tells a story.” Though small and often not noticed or examined carefully, seeds are simply amazing—what they look like, what they do, how they do it, as they work towards their astounding goal of self-replication. Teri Chace finds strangeness and fascination in the seeds of plants as familiar as oaks and dandelions, and as curious as figs and hellebores. Join us for Teri’s engrossing talk based on her award-winning book Seeing Seeds, with photography by Robert Llewellyn. (Note to photographers: Teri will explain Robert’s “image-stacking” technique).

Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 35 titles in publication, including Seeing Seeds (winner of a 2016 American Horticultural Society Book award). She brings complex scientific and environmental topics to general audiences in her engaging and accurately researched articles for various magazines, including Massachusetts Audubon Society publications and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s member magazine.

April 28th

Growing Native Plants From Seed: Restoring Native Plant Communities with Hope Leeson

“Native plant communities” are not just unspoiled woodlands and conservation areas. They can also have a home in our yards and gardens. By growing native plants from seed, gardeners can increase the diversity of their local plant communities and be more connected to the landscapes they create. Hope Leeson will challenge you to think like the ecosystem and to see change on the geologic time scale rather than the human.

Hope Leeson is a field botanist with 30 years of experience, observing plant communities and their context in surrounding landscapes. In her professional work, conducting plant surveys and assisting land managers with habitat restoration strategies, Hope has drawn on her fascination with the inter-relatedness of all life within a natural system.

In 2010 she founded the Rhode Island Natural History Survey’s Rhody Native™ initiative, incorporating the propagation of RI’s native plants from wild collected seed into habitat restorations. Hope is a member of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Liberal Arts faculty involved in Science for Art and Design Education.