The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Getting Toads, Birds and Bugs to Eat Your Garden Thugs with Mike McGrath
Thursday, February 21, 6 p.m. at the CT Flower & Garden Show,
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
Yes, toads! Each toad you invite into your garden will eat its own weight in insect pests every evening. (Toads work the night shift; eating problem pests while you sleep.) Mike McGrath, host of the Public Radio show “You Bet Your Garden” will reveal easy ways to get these priceless predators to prey on your problems. He’ll also explain how to attract beneficial and beautiful birds, bees and butterflies in this fast-paced workshop designed to help you bring Nature’s finest pollinators and pest-eaters to your property.
Mike’s CV is impressive. He hosts his own public radio show, is Garden Editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, D.C, Contributing Editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine, was former Editor-in-Chief of ORGANIC GARDENING magazine and the author of books on tomatoes, compost and kitchen gardening.
During his time as Editor-in-Chief, “OG” was the largest circulation gardening magazine in the world and became a major exhibitor at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show from 1993 to 1997, garnering four consecutive “Best of Show” awards. Mike now lectures at the Flower Show every year. In 1995, Media Dynamics proclaimed OG “the most popular magazine in America” after research and survey data revealed that it was the magazine most saved by its readers (more than National Geographic!); the magazine most often read from cover to cover; and the magazine readers would miss most if it ceased publication.
In 2012, Mike gave a TEDx Talk on composting that has ‘gone viral’. Here’s a link to the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9OhxKlrWwc. As we ‘go to press,’ Mike’s talk is VERY close to hitting a million views!
Listen live as Tom Christopher interview Mike McGrath on Wednesday, February 20 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Click here and click on PLAY LIVE RADIO to listen live!
Special Location: Don’t miss Mike’s talk at the CT Flower and Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. This presentation is open to the public as well as members of CT Hort.
In the event of inclement weather on the night of a Program Meeting, tune into WFSB TV Channel 3, or call the CT Hort office at 860-529-8713 for a recorded message of the meeting status.
Member Tom Christopher interviews many of our speakers on his internet radio show “Garden Groove.” Listen to Tom’s show by logging on to icrvradio.com and clicking on “Play Live Radio.” The show plays live from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.
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Upcoming Speakers for the 2018-2019 Season:
March 21, 2019: Sharon Gensler – Putting Carbon in its Place: a Gardener’s Plan for Sequestration
April 11, 2019: Kim Eierman – Gardening Inspirations from the Smoky Mountains
May 16, 2019: Rosa Raudales, PhD. – Old, New and Emerging Applications of Hydroponics
June 20, 2019: Doug Tallamy, PhD. – A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening
Past Speakers from the 2018-2019 Season
In her presentation, Sheri Forster will feature residential gardens throughout the year. Month-by-month photos will illustrate captivating seasonal combinations of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, bulbs and vines. A Connecticut native, Sheri graduated in 2007 from NYBG with a certification in Garden Design. That same year she became the sole proprietor of The Scottish Gardener (TSG). TSG specializes in the custom design of residential gardens/landscapes that provide year round interest. Her designs have appeared in national and local magazines & newspapers. The Westport Historical Society has selected her clients’ properties three times to appear in their Annual Hidden Garden Tour.
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Join Tovah Martin as she takes us on a journey through the fall and winter garden unlike any you’ve been on before. This lecture explores the garden on all levels by attuning your nose to the scents and training your ears to listen. Learn to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched.
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As manager of the Countess von Zeppelin Nursery in Germany and Director of Horticulture at White Flower Farm, Robert Herman cultivated over 30 species and cultivars of the genus Geranium. He will share his knowledge and provide advice on selecting and raising some of the best plants for Connecticut gardens. In addition to being the evening’s presenter, Mr. Herman is also the winner of the 2018 Mehlquist Award.
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