Somerville Garden Club

Grow Native Massachusetts Lecture Series for 2013

A Public Lecture Series at the Cambridge Public Library

First Wednesdays —February through June.
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Events are free and open to all.

For more information you can consult the Grow Native Massachusetts website:

February 6
Managing Invasives At Home and Around Town
Eric Olson & Josh Ellsworth, Lecturers at Brandeis University and Citizen Stewards

Founder of the Newton Invasive Plant Task Force, Dr. Olson has led substantial volunteer efforts to control invasive species in Newton and Waltham. He will discuss this management challenge, especially the importance of building trust with local Conservation Commissions, and the risks and pleasures of depending entirely upon volunteer labor. Josh Ellsworth will help us understand the ecology of invasives, along with specific techniques— mechanical and chemical— for controlling the species we most commonly encounter in Greater Boston. Dr. Eric Olson and Josh Ellsworth both teach courses in ecology and sustainable development at Brandeis University.

March 6
Meadowscaping in Urban & Suburban Spaces
Catherine Zimmerman, Author of Urban & Suburban Meadows

Join us to learn why meadow and prairie habitats are so beneficial, both economically and environmentally. Then, consider the benefits of meadowscaping. Ms. Zimmerman is passionate about getting Americans to forgo their devotion to monocultures of pesticide-ridden lawns. She will give us a step-by-step primer on reducing lawn size and installing a beautiful meadow garden in its stead. No space is too small. Join the movement to bring back native habitat for wildlife and human life! Ms. Zimmerman is a filmmaker, author, and founder of the Meadow Project. Both her book and CD will be available for sale.

April 3
Landscape Design with the Climate in Mind
Sue Reed, Author of Energy-Wise Landscape Design

Learn how to manage your landscape to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint—essential actions in this era of climate change. You can: reduce costs for home heating and cooling; save energy on your gardens and grounds; and choose products and materials with lower embedded energy costs. Your property is full of opportunities to conserve, even if you’re not doing a major renovation or landscape redesign. Come get inspired by new insights and ideas. Sue Reed is a Landscape Architect who specializes in designing beautiful landscapes that are ecologically rich and energy efficient. Her book will be available for sale.

May 1
Go Botany! Plant ID for the 21st Century
Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society

Imagine identifying plants in the field with your iPad or smartphone! Go Botany is the new definitive on-line Flora of New England for just that. Elizabeth Farnsworth will introduce and demonstrate this richly illustrated interactive key to over 3,500 native and naturalized plants of our region. This tool also includes PlantShare for reporting discoveries, exchanging checklists, and more. This evening will equip you to ID and better understand the many plants you encounter. Dr. Farnsworth is one of New England’s great botanists, a superb teacher, and Editor-in-Chief of Rhodora.

June 5
The Restoration of Consecration Dell
Dave Barnett, President, Mount Auburn Cemetery

At the heart of Mount Auburn, Consecration Dell is a landscape of great beauty and a well-known hot spot for birding. Yet not long ago, it was furrowed by time— overrun by invasive species and suffering from erosion. With their commitment to stewardship, Cemetery staff have spent over a decade restoring this special place, establishing a thriving community of native plants and improving vital habitat for wildlife. This story is full of lessons about humans and other species, and the significant challenges and rewards of ecological restoration. Dr. Barnett is a respected ecologist and horticulturalist, as well as the President of the Cemetery.

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