Our Earth, Your Call: Clean Gardening in Waterfront Communities
7:00 p.m.
Rowayton Community Center

Co-sponsored by Rowayton Library, Rowayton Gardeners, and Norwalk Land Trust

Gardening in our beautiful waterfront communities bring many pleasures.  However, care must be taken to ensure that any of the lawn and garden treatments we use do not harm our water supply and beloved Long Island Sound and local rivers.

Rowayton Library, Rowayton Gardeners, and Norwalk Land Trust invite you to another informative, insightful and inspiring program in the next segment of the “Our World: Your Call” series where Alexis Cherichetti, Lars Cherichetti and Judy Preston will speak to discuss safe gardening practices in water sensitive communities.

Judy Preston does public engagement and education for the Long Island Sound Study, a National Estuary Program through the UConn Sea Grant office in Groton CT. In partnership with the UConn Master Gardener Program, Judy runs the Advanced Master Garden Coastal Certificate program, designed to teach sustainable gardening practices focused on reducing nitrogen inputs to the Sound.  For over 25 years, Judy has worked for the Nature Conservancy and as a founder and Director of the Tidewater Institute, a community-based conservation organization in the Connecticut River estuary.  Judy will speak about reasons to diminish the use of fertilizers in residential gardens.

Lars Cherichetti is a CT-licensed arborist and Advanced Certified Tree Warden.  He is the owner/operator of a residential landscape horticulture company, Cherichetti Horticulture, which specializes in fine residential gardening, pruning and care of specimen and legacy trees.  In his work, Lars routinely uses his science background to evaluate and solve horticulture problems using a multi-pronged approach to pest and disease problems including cultural solutions, nutrient management and treatment.  He will speak about alternatives to pesticide and herbicide use in residential gardens.

Alexis Cherichetti is the Senior Environmental Officer of the Norwalk Conservation Office which monitors activities that take place adjacent to water resources and provides recommendations to the City on natural resources and public open space. Alexis will speak about how best to manage residential landscapes that contain, or are adjacent to, wetlands or water courses.

Together we can make a difference.  Please join us for this important presentation.

Refreshments will be served. Please bring your own water bottle as we will have pitchers of water available.

There is no cost to attend, but we ask that you register here in advance to let us know you are coming.

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