Gardeners’ Guide for March 2, 2019

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Published: 3/1/2019 1:59:57 PM

Editor’s Note: The Gardeners’ Guide is a seasonal rundown of gardening related events. Listings are free. Email: features@recorder.com. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration is required.

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association

Spring Symposium: Saturday, March 23, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Frontier Regional High School, 113 North Main St., South Deerfield. This session’s theme is “Healthy Gardens, Healthy Gardeners.”

Choose from 17 topics in two concurrent sessions, offering ideas for a healthy you and your garden. Topics range from “Butterflies & Butterfly Gardening” to “Creating a Garden that Teams with Life” and many more. Kicking off this symposium will be a talk by keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Rich, director of the University of Massachusetts’ Laboratory of Medical Zoology on “What Every Gardener Needs to Know About Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases.” Also includes a marketplace with vendors offering locally produced items and a book table selling assorted titles for gardeners from Storey Publishing and Timber Press.

The March 23 session is the first in a series of three spring gardening symposia. The second session is “Bees, Butterflies and Bounty” on March 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St. in Holyoke. The third session is “Strengthen Your Garden Skills” on April 6, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, 197 East St. in Lenox.

Visit wmmga.org to register online or through the mail, and to view a complete list of topics, directions and registration information.

New Salem Public Library

“Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Beneficials”: Thursday, March 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, 23 South Main St. in New Salem. Learn how to welcome songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies and other beneficial organisms to your yard and neighborhood. Free admission, though perennials for edible landscaping and welcoming birds and pollinators will be offered for sale. For more information, call 978-544-6334.




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