The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury will host a lecture focused on easy, cost-effective ways gardeners can make a difference by adopting ecological gardening at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Elks Lodge, 1 Morrell St., West Roxbury.
The lecture is open to gardeners at all experience levels and with gardens of all sizes — from colorful containers to large landscaped properties.
Entitled “Pollinators and the Plants They Need,” the illustrated talk will be presented by Ellen Sousa, educator, blogger and author of “The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Eco-Friendly Habitat Garden.” Sousa’s book is one of the first to focus on earth-friendly gardening specifically for the northeast.
Most gardeners have heard about the threats to critical pollinator populations. Perhaps many have grown common milkweed, essential for Monarch butterflies, or sworn off plants treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, proven harmful to native bees. Many people would like to do more, but have limited expertise, time, space and budget.
The April 12 talk will cover:
— Low-cost, beautiful and earth-friendly approaches that will provide habitat for a variety of declining species, including birds, pollinating insects, honey bees, amphibians and turtles.
— How to attract the desirable wildlife while discouraging those that are not wanted.
— The best wildlife-friendly plants for New England and what wildlife species they attract (A handout will be provided.).
— Ideas, tips and inspiration for those new to gardening and seasoned gardeners alike.
EGCWR President Ann Hopps Morgan first met Sousa in early 2016 at a University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association Symposium.
“Given the critical importance of this topic, it would be easy for a speaker to ‘wax pedantic,'” Morgan said. Ellen is lively, fun, engaging and packs more information into a one-hour talk than I could ever have imagined.”
Doors open for registration at 6:30 p.m.; lecture begins promptly at 7 p.m. Nonclub members are welcome for a requested $10 donation. Advance reservations are not required. This talk has been approved by the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association for one hour of Continuing Education credit