Classes explore lawns as environmental friend or foe

 

This young robin is one of many bird and insect species that benefit from the sustainable gardening practices taught in the Coastal Certificate Program.
This young robin is one of many bird and insect species that benefit from the sustainable gardening practices taught in the Coastal Certificate Program. Judy Preston / Connecticut Sea Grant

The Spring 2019 Coastal Certificate Program starting April 23 will focus on lawns.

The program explores the latest environmental issues facing Long Island Sound and the link to coastal and watershed landscaping practices. With an emphasis on sustainable gardening for clean waters, the program is comprised of evening talks from scientists and practitioners about a range of topics, providing alternatives to nutrient and chemical intensive land care.

The classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. April 23, 25, 30 and May 2 at the Peabody Museum in New Haven. A field trip at a date to be determined is also included in the program.

Advance Master Gardener credits are available for successful completion of the program, including an outreach component. Members of the general public are also welcomed. Registration is through the UConn Master Gardening Program. For information, contact Judy Preston at: judy.preston@uconn.edu.

Students in the 2016 Coastal Certificate classes learn about ferns at the Connecticut College Arboretum.
Students in the 2016 Coastal Certificate classes learn about ferns at the Connecticut College Arboretum. Judy Preston / Connecticut Sea Grant

Download the agenda here.