Wednesday, March 1, 2017

“The Sustainable-Enough Garden” - March 7

“The Sustainable-Enough Garden” will be the featured program at the March 7 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club. The meeting will take place at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club.

Featured speaker will be Rebecca Warner of Newton, an area gardener with 30 years’ experience, who will discuss her journey toward sustainable gardening and the methods she now uses that fit within the time she has to garden and her environmental goals. Club members will be able to learn from her experiences to set their own goals for gardening sustainably.

Warner’s talk will cover the following topics: simple, sustainable methods for making compost, improving soil, and making mulch from easily obtained materials found lose to home; time-saving ways to prepare beds for annuals and vegetables and why turning the soil is unnecessary and counterproductive; and an easy recipe for making an environmentally friendly potting mix to use for containers. Slides will be used to illustrate the topics to be discussed.

Warner has authored a book, The Sustainable-Enough Garden, in which she discusses how she has changed her gardening practices over the past few years from composting to mulching, lawn care to irrigation. Her weekly blog can be viewed at

The Franklin Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, offers educational programs, maintains the garden at the Franklin Common, provides an annual scholarship to a high school graduate, and helps elementary students celebrate Arbor Day.

Native flowers feed native insects
Native flowers feed native insects

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