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Read or listen to the WBUR News report on the efforts of New England Wildflower Society to conserve rare plants in New England.
THE LIVING LANDSCAPE
On Saturday, June 24th, Sogkonate Garden Club (Little Compton, RI) invites you to their free workshop, The Living Landscape, by nationally acclaimed authors Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke from 9-3 at Wilbur McMahon School.
Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, nationally recognized experts, will use lecture and photographs to demonstrate how to create landscapes that are not only beautiful but also support local wildlife and biodiversity. Attendees will see how they blend art, ecology and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. They will also hear how insects and plant interactions support diverse wildlife communities.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see your landscape in a different way.
Spaces are limited. Advance registration is required.
Registration is at sogkonate.org.
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Congratulations to New England Wild Flower Society as it launches Pollinate New England program which includes building a network of model pollinator gardens throughout New England.
Read their press release which includes a short questionnaire for those interested in getting involved or receiving updates about this project as it progresses.
For the home landscape, what fall gardening practices best enhance ecological diversity? A message brought to you by the Xerces Society. Justin Wheeler, Web & Communications Specialist writes,
It should be welcome news for weary gardeners. You’ve weeded, tilled, and toiled under the hot sun all summer long, and now — it’s time to stop. For many, however, the temptation to pick, pluck, and prune the landscape to make it neat and tidy for the winter is too hard to ignore. This impulse to “clean up our gardens for fall” has serious impacts on a whole host of pollinators and beneficial insects. All it takes is a weekend and some garden tools to wipe out whole populations of insects who have been hard at working hard in your yard all summer too – provisioning their nests and making well-stocked winter homes for the next generation. Read the entire article on Xerces Society Blog
Naturalist and writer Bruce Fellman describes his experience on Saturday, August 4 at a RIWPS walk. Journaling through the heat wave begins …
“Earlier this year, I wrote about what promised to be a splendid, four-part series of walks called Plants and Their Places that was sponsored by the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, a truly wonderful organization dedicated to the “appreciation, protection, and study of our native plants and habitats.”
In the write-up, trek leader and botanist Doug McGrady proposed introducing flora aficionados to his favorite locales and the green things they supported, with investigations of intriguing areas in North Stonington, Conn.; Arcadia and Scituate in Rhode Island; and, most recently, the superb 2,000 or so acre Tillinghast Pond Management Area in West Greenwich.
“I wanted to attract both experienced botanists and newcomers alike—to help them share what they love and find something new,” said McGrady.
I instantly intended to go on all the walks…” Read the rest of the article at Southern Rhode Island Newspapers.