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For the Birds: a Garden Talk, with Margaret Roach

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Church of St. John in the Wilderness

261 Route 44

Copake Falls, NY 12517

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I always say the birds taught me to garden. And I thank them.

What started out decades ago as merely a semi-conscious wish to see more birds while I started a garden on a former blank canvas, ended up bringing nearly 70 avian species into the garden each year, each in its own time, with a smaller but substantial number nesting in it or at its periphery.

In this slide lecture, conciding with my Garden Conservancy Open Day an the publication of my new-old book "A Way to Garden" (an all-new 21st anniversary edition), I’ll share all my “if I knew then what I know now” aha’s about setting realistic aims (no, not every site is going to attract bluebirds no matter how many boxes you buy!) and accomplishing them—all with in the context of a visually pleasing home landscape.

Pre-order Margaret's new book "A Way to Garden" (the April 2019 edition) here for the $30 cover price, and get a free lecture ticket emailed to you (a $20 value)! Books will also be available at the door, and at the garden afterward.

We’ll cover:

  • Take proper aim: Before you misdirect efforts, how to evaluate what birds you can potentially attract, anyway
  • The top 7 guidelines for making a garden that makes birds right at home, including…
  • … how to “retrofit” an existing garden that may be more aesthetically driven or a collector’s garden
  • The powerhouse plant genera that are key elements of inviting birds, wherever you garden
  • Creating what I call bio-hedges and other mixed plantings to make birds at home—and finding room for them in your yard
  • Best practices for bird-feeding, nest boxes, and other non-plant garden elements (both do’s and don’ts)
  • Plus lots of amazing avian “aha’s” I’ve gleaned along the way, and…
  • ...the “must” resources online and off that will plug you into the location-specific info you need

A handout will be provided including top plants, links to online resources to continue your learning, and more.

Note: This event is part of a full day of collaborative festivities including classes on cooking with herbs at HGS Home Chef in Hillsdale, plus flower growing and arrranging next door at nearby Tiny Hearts Flower Farm's new workshop, mushroom growing class and a mushroom walk, and the Open Day garden tours and rare plant sale at Margaret's garden.

About Margaret Roach

It’s a tossup whether Margaret Roach likes birds or plants more, but what she likes most of all are gorgeous plants that win the local birds’ seal of approval. For nearly 30 years, Margaret has shared organic-gardening advice with others in writing, on radio and in person. Margaret was garden editor at “Newsday” newspaper on Long Island; the first garden editor at Martha Stewart Living, and then EVP/Editorial Director of Martha’s company, in charge of content for internet, magazines, and books.

She is the author of several books -- including an all-new 21st anniversary edition of her prize-winning first one, "A Way to Garden" -- and since 2008 has created the much-praised A Way to Garden dot com, with an award-winning weekly companion podcast and Facebook group of more than 92,000 followers. Her garden writing has also been also published in “The New York Times,” “Country Gardens,” “Organic Gardening,” “More,” “Mother Earth News” and elsewhere. She helped create Ken Druse's ahead-of-its-time book “The Natural Habitat Garden” in 1994—and Ken is a monthly guest on Margaret’s podcast.


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