Grow Native Massachusetts is presenting a free lectures series entitled “Evenings with the Experts" the first Wednesday of each month -- April through August – from 7:00 to 8:30 at the Cambridge Public Library located at 449 Broadway. Here’s the lineup:
· April 6: Wayne Petersen, Director of the Mass Audubon Important Bird Areas Program, “Life on the Wing in an Era of Human Dominance.”
· May 4: William Cullina, Director of Horticulture at Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, “Going Native: 50 Favorite Plants for Local Gardeners.” Cullina has spent a lifetime studying plants in their indigenous habitats. Learn why native plants are so critical to our local ecosystems and which plants he recommends for our urban landscapes.
· June 1: Russ Cohen, author of Wild Plants I have Known… and Eaten; Nibbling on Natives in your Backyard and Beyond.” Become familiar with our many native wild plants, the seasons of availability, and guidelines for environmentally responsible foraging.
· July 6: John Swallow, Director of Environmental Sciences at Pine & Swallow Environmental, “Soil Ecosystems.” The interconnection between soil ecosystems and the physical characteristics of soil.
· August 3: Don Lubin, fern expert, collector and educator, “Native Ferns of New England.” Lubin has been teaching about ferns for over a decade and has 44 species in his small yard in Allston.
The mission of Grow Native Cambridge is to empower all gardeners to become stewards of the earth, and to garden for both beauty and biodiversity. To learn more, go to http://www.grownativemass.org/.