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Yard Smart Garden Walk
June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Ecology Action Center is holding its sixteenth annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 23, 2018. This free tour highlights beautiful and functional yards in our community that protect our environment, benefit wildlife, and use few or no synthetic chemicals. The event features a plant and garden tool “Freecycle” Exchange. Bring garden plants (please label them!) or tools to give away— everything must be free.
After the garden walk, we reconvene for lunch from Green Top Grocery, a short presentation about Native Pollinator Health from Dr. Ben Sadd, and the Freecycle plant and garden tool exhange. Participants should bring their own reusable water bottles. Participants are encouraged to carpool during the tour to conserve fossil fuels and reduce pollution.
The Yard Smart program promotes a more sustainable and healthier approach to lawn and garden maintenance. Working with nature to build a healthier ecosystem in both the soil below ground and the yard above ground will produce a more beautiful, sustainable and safer environment for everyone— children and adults, pets and wildlife—by reducing pollutants that runoff into our local water supplies. The program encourages local homeowners to reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, to conserve natural resources such as water and fossil fuels, and to make room for wildlife in their yards. Yard Smart Certification recognizes local homeowners who use ecologically sustainable practices in maintaining their yards and who realize that their lawn, garden and landscaping decisions affect the health of the whole community.
This event is free (but donations to offset the cost of lunch are welcome)! Please register for the garden walk using the form below.
More information on the Yard Smart program as well as a set of free resource fact sheets is available at www.yardsmart.org.