Wednesday, April 1, 2020

If it's too cold, and you're stuck inside...

Here’s an idea: instead of binge-watching Friends, how about getting a first-class horticultural education, an hour or so at a time?  Grow Native Massachusetts is an organization dedicated to encouraging New England gardeners to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials native to our region.  To that end, they host ‘Evenings With Experts’ talks by first rate horticulturalists who also happen to be terrific speakers with remarkable visuals.  They are usually held at the Cambridge Library before an attentive audience of a few hundred.  
Their website is an encyclopedic collection of information on native plants, and well worth bookmarking.  Also, inside that website is a complete compendium of professionally-produced videos of those talks.  You can see Doug Tallamy on restoring native landscapes at home, or William Cullina discussing ‘Sugar, Sex and Poison’.  There are 13 videos available to view, each one roughly an hour in length.  They’re informative, frequently humorous, and memorable.  It's a great opportunity to learn and escape reality for a little while... 

Annie White of the University of Vermont did ground-breaking research on plants;

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