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Monthly Meeting February

    Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    This month’s meeting will feature a presentation by Amy Meltzer entitled “Gardening With Native Plants, Why and How”. In this talk, Amy will focus on the current biodiversity crisis; the evolutionary history among native plants, insects, birds and fungi, and how these interdependent relationships among diverse species are necessary for their survival. She will show how growing native plants and using ecological landscape practices can simultaneously reverse biodiversity loss, increase resilience in our landscapes, and slow climate change – all while creating a beautiful garden!

    Amy is an active member of Grow Native Massachusetts and the Mass Pollinator Network. She is also on both the Research Team and the Natural Solutions working group of The Massachusetts Chapter of Elders Climate Action. Amy has been researching and gardening with native plants for over ten years.

    This topic is especially relevant to us as beekeepers and stewards of both managed bees and all pollinators. Pollinators are under siege by the onslaught of both habitat loss, which Amy’s work addresses, and indiscriminate pesticide abuse. Any initiative that serves to mainstream the notion that a perfect green sterile lawn that looks like Astro Turf is neither attractive, necessary or even economical is a welcome effort to change that mindset.

    The Hanson Clubhouse, MA ~ Map -> 228 High St, Hanson, MA