HGCNY and Baltimore Woods Nature Center are co-sponsoring a seminar on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8:30 to 12:30.

The seminar will include two presentations by Kim Eierman , the founder of EcoBeneficial and an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants.

Based in New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center in NY, Rutgers Home Gardeners School, and several other institutions.

Refreshments will be provided.

Registration begins at 8:30 am
[Details about cost, etc. will be announced soon.]

The two presentations are:

Boosting the Ecosystem in Your Own Yard (9:00 am)

Bumble bee on swamp milkweedEven the most beautiful gardens are not always healthy ecosystems. Your yard is more than a combination of trees, shrubs and perennials — it’s a complex system where all living things are connected.

Gardening with an ecosystem approach contributes to species diversity, attracting and supporting more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects.

Learn how the design choices you make, the plants you select, and the maintenance practices you use can make a huge difference in creating a beautiful, healthy ecosystem, filled with life.

Question period

Break/Refreshments [10:15-11:00]

Dealing With Climate Change in Your Landscape (11:00 am)

Robin in winterHave you noticed more robins overwintering in CNY than 20 or 30 years ago? In addition to small changes such as this, we’re also experiencing more frequent droughts, more extreme weather events and increasing temperatures.

What can we do? Learn how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can help reduce the impacts of these changes in our climate, improve the environment around us, and even help the robins overwinter.

Question period