What Happens When…Naturescaping Meets Main Street?
Saturday, March 24th @ 2:00 PM
Presented by: Kathy Connelly
Today, many garden clubs and other community groups promote landscapes that
support nature. Meadowscaping, all-native plantings, low-mow lawns, vegetated
"hell strips" along sidewalks, and vegetated waterside buffers are among the bestknown
While it is true these plantings have great potential to improve ecological functions,
many members of the public find them difficult to contemplate and hard to accept
once installed. In fact, new landscape forms have brought about neighborhood
disagreements, blight violations, court orders, and other legal battles in more than a
Is the problem one of embattled traditions? Or differing expectations? Or are there
fundamental design problems to consider on a case-by-case basis?
In this one-hour talk, we'll look at the sources of friction, how to educate the public
about naturalized landscapes, and how key design steps can help achieve greater
public acceptance. No guarantees, but we'll try to put this sometimes-difficult
conversation in a neutral context and create a productive discussion.
Students will recreate Still Life exhibits from their choice of media and materials, i.e. painting (watercolors/oils) or drawing (charcoals/pastels.) Kristen Thornton will guide them through their projects as they work at their individual paces. Materials will be supplied for all programs, but students may bring their own supplies if they choose. Limited to 10 participants. Please call or email email@example.com to register. Please note: There will be no class on February 20 due to school winter break.
Drop-in story hour for children ages 2-5 will begin on Wednesday, February 7 at 10:30 A.M. and will run through April 11. In addition to being fun, story hour helps develop language and social skills that children need to succeed and foster intellectual curiosity. Each session will feature stories on a particular theme followed by a related activity or craft.