Mad Gardeners slates annual symposium
Published 12:00 am, Friday, February 23, 2018
The Mad Gardeners, which serve the Greater New Milford area, will hold a symposium, “Gardening with Wildlife: The Balancing Act,” March 3 in Falls Village.
The annual symposium, which has a snow date of March 4, will take place at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Route 7.
Registration, which includes lunch, is $75 for members and $85 for non-members.
Registration is required by Feb. 27 at www.madgardeners.org.
Recertification credits are possible. To learn more, visit the website.
The program will feature several experts who will address critter questions.
Heather Holm, an award-winning author and speaker, will share her passion for native bees and the plants that support them.
She will address native plants that attract specific bees and beneficial insects, including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs and lacewings, and how the predatory-prey relationships in the insect world help keep problem insect populations in balance.
Kathy Diemer, photographer and garden blogger, will present a slide show during the registration and breaks.
Her slides cover the many critters that inhabit her back yard, including insects, birds and many mammals, as well as the plants that provide them with food and housing.
Karen Bussolini, a nationally known garden photographer and speaker, will provide dozens of images to illustrate the good plant choices and restorative land practices she will be discussing to create gorgeous, wildlife-friendly gardens.
Donna Ellis, senior extension educator from the University of Connecticut, will address identification of some of the newer insect and mite pests in the garden and how the Integrated Peat Management methods to help control them can be implemented.
Ellis has worked with the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture for 28 years.
Tom Wessels, a terrestrial ecologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University New England, will share his knowledge of the woodland and woodland edge biodiversity.
Wessels will cover woodland co-evolution and the justification for native plants that will enhance and boost biodiversity, while using examples that can be incorporated into designed landscapes.