Rowayton Gardeners hosts pesticide-free lawn care forum Saturday

To educate the Rowayton community how to grow lawns and gardens without chemicals, Rowayton Gardeners is featuring a pesticide-free lawn and garden lecture on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue in Rowayton. The event is free-of-charge, and seating is limited, so early arrival is suggested.

Guest speakers include Michaela Porta and Heather Lauver from the group pesticide-free New Canaan, who represent a growing number of parents and neighbors concerned about the negative health effects of toxic weed killers and other chemicals on families, pets and waterways.

Other expert speakers on the day’s panel are Paul Saltanis from the successful, organic landscaping firm Country Green, and Cathy Beauregard whose landscaping business, Beauregard Horticultural Services, provides innovative, nonchemical strategies for gardening and land care.

Connecticut has a statewide ban on the use of toxic pesticides on school grounds. In an effort to transition to organic methods of lawn care at Rowayton’s Pinkney Park, on the banks of Five Mile River, Rowayton Gardeners are advising the 6th Taxing District Commissioners in how to launch an organic, pesticide-free lawn and garden care program in 2013.

“On behalf of Rowayton Gardeners, I’m thrilled to have this new opportunity to make Pinkney Park an organic, chemical-free showcase for our community,” Erin Combs says, the group’s co-president.

The Rowayton Gardeners have been striving to make Rowayton a beautifully “green” place since 1956. The club holds monthly meetings at the Rowayton Community Center with lectures, workshops on flower arranging, environmental awareness, beautification projects, and garden design among other events.

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