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MNPS Western Mountains Chapter Meeting

  • 04/16/2013
  • 7:00 PM
  • Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD

Topic – Urban and Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces

Video by Catherine Zimmerman

This is a must see video for home gardeners, professional landscapers and native plant enthusiasts. It brings into focus the amazing diversity of life inhabiting meadows and prairies, and the beautiful imagery inspires meadow and prairie creation!

In this video, author and photographer Catherine Zimmerman combines her expertise in photography, storytelling, environmental issues, horticulture and organic practices to offer meadowscaping as an alternative to reduce lawn. Zimmerman weaves her personal journey of changing her own landscaping choices into a guide that demonstrates both the need to change current, detrimental landscaping practices and the practical know how and resources to accomplish that change.

This 60-minute video features meadow experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weaner and Neil Diboll, who walk the viewer through meadow site preparation, design, planting and maintenance. It also features Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home”, who explains the intricate connection between native plants, native insects and the soil food web. Discover the problems caused by the extensive planting of pesticide-ridden, non-native grass lawns across America. While it is impractical to eliminate lawn, we cannot ignore the environmental consequences of such landscape planning as ecosystems are being destroyed and replaced with chemically maintained monocultures.

The screening will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately .2 miles to the entrance to the Appalachian Lab on the left side of the road (301 Braddock Road). There is plenty of parking in front of the building.

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