Recognizing and eradicating invasive plants will be the focus May 5 at 2 p.m. at Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury.

The event at the South Street library is co-sponsored by the library, the Roxbury Conservation Commission, the Roxbury Land Trust and the Roxbury-Bridgewater Garden Club.

The program will feature several speakers who will highlight the assortment of harmful plants overrunning the area's roadsides, gardens and woodlands and how these plants threaten native species, and focus on how to identify and safely remove the invaders.

Speakers include Mary Gaudet-Wilson, Newtown Conservation Commission director, who will discuss plant invasives and the relationship between tick proliferation and barberry; Kathleen Nelson, chairwoman of the invasive species advisory committee for Mad Gardeners, Inc., who will talk about the mile-a-minute vine, a current problem in Roxbury, and methods of remediation; Ann Berman of the Milford Environmental Concerns Coalition and Freedom Lawn, who will discuss the importance of using natural methods for gardening and lawn care, particularly as these methods pertain to invasive plants; Kyle Turoczi of Earth Tone Native Plant Nursery in Woodbury, who will talk about his experiences with local invasive plants and the means available for remediation; and Carol Beerbaum of the Roxbury-Bridgewater Garden Club and a Master Gardener, who will present landscaping alternatives that rely on native plants, trees and bushes.

In addition, Curtis Reed of Hydro Technology in New Milford will provide well-water testing kits with special pricing for Roxbury residents.

For more information, call 860-350-2181.