Items tagged with Gardening

Bee a Good Neighbor: Making Gardens Safe for Pollinators

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Marina Marchese, beekeeper, author and past president of the Back Yard Beekeepers of CT, will discuss how to nurture honeybees and other pollinators in your garden, which is an important, sustainable agricultural practice. Marina will share 17 years of beekeeping tips on attracting pollinators to your garden as well as provide a list of plants that are bee-friendly. Try honey produced from some of the bee's favorite floral sources. 

Guide about Beekeeping

Carla Marina Marchese is the designer and beekeeper behind the Red Bee Honey brand, and the author of Honeybee: Lessons from An Accidental Beekeeper and the co-author with Kim Flottum (editor of Bee Culture Magazine) of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey. She is a member of the Italian Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.
During her studies at The School of Visual Arts, Marina mastered her visionary flair for color, texture and design. Her work was featured nationally in Victoria Magazine, Macy’s, and Woman’s Wear Daily launching an international design career licensing her own designs to clothing, giftware and stationery manufacturers. In 2000 Marina was unexpectedly invited to visit a neighbor’s apiary where her first taste of fresh honey from the beehive would change the course of her life. She quit her job, built a beehive and acquired some Italian honeybees to become a full-time beekeeper. It was on a visit to Montalcino, Italy, “The City of Honey,” that Marina became passionate about the diverse flavor profiles of varietal honey determined by the type of nectar gathered by the honeybees. Compelled by the philosophy of terroir, Marina studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting which lead her to curate a collection of single-origin seasonal honeys launching the Red Bee Brand. Her best selling book, Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper, chronicles her entrepreneurial journey into beekeeping. Red Bee Honey is the proud recipient of the Slow Food Snail of Approval.
 

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Gardening

The Art and Elegance of Composting

September 8, 2016
Rebecca Louie

Compost City author Rebecca Louie shared composting strategies that fit into any space, schedule and lifestyle and described the fascinating ecosystem that makes it all possible on September 8, 2016 at the Westport Library. 

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Workshop on Pruning

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seed library imageAs a part of the Library's seed library program, expert plantsman Russ Miller discusses how to prune: why, when and where to cut on a variety of plants. Pruning is is very invigorating for plants, and keeps them healthy and vibrant. The dead and diseased wood must also be removed. If you want to participate in pruning, bring a hand pruner.
Community partner: Westport Garden Club

Check out the Westport Library Seed Library & Exchange.

Russ Miller is a plantsman and avid, passionate plant lover with a 28 yr. career as a self-employed landscaper. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of residential landscape maintenance, trimming and pruning of bushes and small trees, perennial gardens, plant diseases and when and which herbicide or pesticide to use and natural alternative solutions. He has biological and experiential knowledge of thousands of species of plants and excels at pruning, perennial gardens, garden restoration and container planting.

Picture: Russ Miller and Janice Yost of the Westport Garden Club

 

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Gardening

Eat Your Weeds!

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The whole family can learn about the edible plants that grow in the back yard with ethnobotanist Hayden Stebbins. Many plants that we try to banish from our gardens and yards are delicious, nutritious and pernicious. So why not invite them into your kitchen for a meal? “Weed” is just a word for a plant you don’t know the use of yet, and this plant talk and walk will have you seeing weeds in a whole new way. For all ages!

Be sure to check out Westport Library's Seed Library & Exchange.

hayden stebbinsHayden Stebbins is an ethnobotanist and amateur mycologist. Hayden graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Science of Natural and Environmental Systems, earned his MS from Schumacher College in England in Sustainable Horticulture and Food Production. He shadowed ethnobotanist Marc Williams (Director of botanyeveryday.com and Plants and Healers International) teaching and learning about edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms up and down the eastern seaboard and is currently learning about clinical herbalism. Hayden’s mission is to teach people about plants and mushrooms, and to share insights and ideas he has collected from his travels all around the world.

Riverwalk Patio
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All ages
Gardening

A Primer on Permaculture & Sustainable Gardening

March 30, 2016
Eliot Snaith

Eliot Snaith covered the basics of sustainable gardening methods and what they can do for you, whether you are a gardener, environmental activist, industrial agriculturalist or a curious citizen of the planet on March 30, 2016. 

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A Primer on Permaculture & Sustainable Gardening

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seed libraryPermaculture is an agricultural method that integrates human activity with natural surroundings to create efficient self-sustaining ecosystems. Eliot Snaith will cover the basics of sustainable gardening methods and what they can do for you, whether you are a gardener, environmental activist, industrial agriculturalist or a curious citizen of the planet. Learn how to obtain a higher yield from your garden, demystify global climate change and change the world simply by creating efficient self-sustaining ecosystems.

Be sure to check out Westport Library's Seed Library & Exchange.

Eliot Snaith by Derek FankhauserEliot Snaith graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Anthropology and Sociology, focusing on sustainable cultural adaptations. She moved to California to obtain her permaculture design certification, began doing permaculture consulting and landscape design and completed an immersive course in elements of social permaculture. Eliot has recently moved back to Connecticut where she continues to offer permaculture consulting, while working on programs geared toward the new concept of social permaculture.  

Eliot Snaith photo credit Derek Fankhauser.

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Gardening

Author and Landscape Designer Kathryn Aalto on "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh"

October 19, 2015
Kathryn Aalto

Kathryn Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, led a journey into one of the most iconic settings in children's literature, the Hundred Acre Wood, inspired by Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England on October 19, 2015. 

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Garden Photographer Stacy Bass on Her Book "Gardens at First Light"

September 10, 2015
Stacy Bass

Stacy Bass went behind the gates of a dozen private gardens in the Northeast to capture  landscapes in the most enchanting light of day and spoke about her new book on September 10, 2015. 

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From Farm to Table: Authors Highlight the Benefits of Supporting Local Farmers

July 9, 2015
Analiese Paik, Christy Colasurdo

Christy Colasurdo and Analiese Paik launched The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, a celebration of the relationship between food and farms in Connecticut on July 9, 2015.

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Author and Landscape Designer Kathryn Aalto on "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh"

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the natural world of winnie the poohJoin Kathryn Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, for a journey into one of the most iconic settings in children's literature, the Hundred Acre Wood, inspired by Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England. Explore the enchanting landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. Discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life.

Community partner: The Westport Garden Club

Kathryn-AaltoKathryn Aalto is an American landscape designer, historian, writer, and speaker living in Exeter. She has master’s degrees in garden history and creative nonfiction (with a particular interest in literary landscapes). For many years, she taught American Literature of Nature and Place in the Pacific Northwest. Passionate about walking and natural history, she recently walked the Coast-to-Coast Path across England with her family. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the Garden Writers Association, the Garden History Society, and a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.

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