Giving Garden speaker series on tap

The Durham-Middlefield Giving Garden is productively and happily cruising into its fifth summer of growing.

It is also heading into its fourth summer of garden talks on Saturdays at noon.

Our first presenter, on July 16, will be Jen Huddleston, one of the garden founders, who will share her knowledge of invasive plants that harm our environment because they crowd out native species that provide food and support for native populations of insects, birds and other animals.

There are several invasive eradication programs ongoing in the area, and Jen will introduce us to them, as well as help us identify any invasive species we may have in our gardens or yards. (Bring a sample or a photo.)

Our second presenter, on July 23, will be massage therapist and owner of Move2Joy Katie Forlini, who will talk about healthy movement in the tasks of everyday life. Katie has presented at the garden before, and she has some new information to share.

These talks are free and open to everyone. Please bring your own chair, and a sandwich if you’d like, and join us in a beautiful place tended entirely by volunteers and dedicated to advancing organic gardening and feeding local hungry families. Drinks provided.

Hard rain or thunderstorms cancel. Call Sue at 860-836-1768 with any questions.

And just maybe you would like to come a bit early. While Wednesday work mornings seem to attract a nice group of volunteers, Saturday mornings from 10 to noon have been a bit sparse this spring, and we welcome new or returning volunteers.

No gardening experience necessary. Our manager, Betsy St. John, knows exactly how to use everyone’s skills and will help you find a comfortable task.

Also, no commitment needed. Come when you can and enjoy the lovely garden and meet friends new and old. Call Betsy at 860-807-5242.


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