In the fifth workshop of our Ecological Landscapes series we will learn how plants in nature are protected from pests by the biological processes of biodiversity and the balance of nature. We will learn the essential role of beneficial creatures such as birds, beneficial insects and frogs in these processes. We will then learn how we can protect our plants by allowing these processes to work on our properties, by establishing populations of these beneficial creatures on our properties. We show how we can do this by providing them with the essentials of life: food, water and shelter. We thereby eliminate the need for pesticides. Out on the Audubon property, we will observe these processes at work.
We will also discuss non-natural yet ecologically compatible methods for dealing with special plant pest and disease problems.
Jim Carr is educated as a biologist. He was an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden for twenty years, teaching a variety of horticultural subjects, always from an ecological perspective. He developed the NYBG program of ecological gardening and landscaping for the School of Professional Horticulture as well as one for home gardeners.
Andy Chapin is a graduate of the Connecticut Master Gardeners program and was the former land steward at the Greenwich Audubon Center. He is developing an educational program for the collecting of native plant seeds and propagating them, which will be presented at the Greenwich Audubon Center.
The program is FREE but participants must register in advance through our online ticket sales page. There will be no ticket sales at the door the day of the program. Please be prepared to show proof of your ticket registration, either as a printed copy of your registration receipt or your registration confirmation email on your phone.
**AS PART OF THIS PROGRAM WILL BE OUTSIDE (WEATHER PERMITTING) PLEASE BRING WARM CLOTHING AND APPROPRIATE OUTDOOR FOOTWEAR**
- Workshop Fee: $25 per person.
- Recommended for ages 12 and up.
- Pre-registration is required. Select HERE to Register.
- Please register for the quantity of ALL members in your party. The rate for children and adults is the same.
- Upon arrival please check in at the front desk and proceed to Kiernan Hall where the indoor portion will take place.
Common Yellowthroat. Photo: Karen Brown
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Greenwich Audubon Center is a vibrant nature education center located at the main 285-acre Audubon sanctuary in Greenwich. We are a part of the Audubon Connecticut state office of the National Audubon Society and Atlantic Flyway, and steward a total of seven sanctuaries in the Greenwich area. Our mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our miles of trails, nature programs, education resources, conservation-themed events, and nature store throughout the year.
We support a diverse and inclusive environment, and welcome individuals of all races, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, and perspectives. We work with families to modify programs for accessibility where possible.