Karen Bussolini speaker on Naturescape Your Yard at Andover, MA Library

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Speaker: Karen Bussolini

Date: 05/15/2018

Time: 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Location: Memorial Hall Library

2 North Main St. 01810

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Contact Information

Website: http://mhl.org/andover

E-mail: STraina@mhl.org

Contact Name: Stefani Traina

Phone: 978 623-8451


Naturescaping is landscaping with nature - attracting and sustaining wildlife, using native and well-adapted plants, using resources wisely, avoiding environmental pollution.
But it also means landscaping like nature. Nobody plants, waters or fertilizes the forest or the prairie, yet they survive - beautifully - on their own. Naturescaping, also called ecological landscaping, creates self-sustaining (i.e. low-maintenance) landscapes that function like nature.

Karen will show how to create environment-friendly landscapes that work with nature to reduce maintenance and costs while increasing beauty and enjoyment. She will show inspiring examples of gardens from across the country that conserve resources (time and money as well as natural resources), foster diversity, sustain wildlife, provide food and incorporate environmentally sound practices to create sustainable yards

Naturescape Your Yard is informed both by the work of notable ecologists and ecological designers and a deep understanding that everything comes from somewhere, everything goes somewhere and it's all connected. The presentation includes big-picture ecological thinking, nitty-gritty how-to tips and images of sustainable yards and gardens that serve the needs of the people who use them, look attractive and function as small ecosystems.

"Naturescape Your Yard" encourages
" emulating the ecosystems we have here in the forested East by planting in layers, covering ground -- and benefiting from ecosystem services
" thinking about plant communities rather than just individual plants
" planting to feed wildlife all year long
" attracting and sustaining pollinators and other beneficial insects
" choosing plants that thrive in the soils we have rather than constantly disturbing and amending soil
" managing invasive plants
" designing to allow water to infiltrate the ground rather than running off
" looking at leaves, garden clippings, sticks and even dead trees as resources to return to the soil rather than waste problems
" using local and recycled materials
" organic gardening
Using natural processes makes our yards easier to maintain, more conserving of time and resources, less polluting, more beautiful and enjoyable.

About The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard

Garden photographer, writer, speaker and Eco-friendly garden coach Karen Bussolini is a lifelong organic gardener and lover of nature, and a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. She has long focused on photographing and writing about ecological landscaping, native plants, biodiversity, xeriscaping, organic gardening, planting for wildlife, beneficial insects, gardening with nature and related topics - and putting her knowledge into action. Her photographs of sustainable gardens - and the stories behind them - are featured in The Naturescaping Workbook: How to Create a Garden with Nature as Your Guide, an exceedingly useful planning guide written by landscape designer Beth O'Donnell Young and published by Timber Press in 2011.

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