Phyllis Theermann


Movie Night: “A Chemical Reaction: The Story of True Green Revolution”

Wednesday, May 16, 7pm, Wakelin Room – Wellesley Free Library
A screening and discussion of this 2009 film about a Canadian community that banned lawn chemicals after a local dermatologist noticed a connection between her patients’ health and their exposure to pesticides and herbicides, and the tremendous legal battle waged by the big chemical industry. Information about organic landscape professionals and earth-friendly lawn and landscape techniques will be available. Birthday cake honoring Rachel Carson and popcorn will be provided. Sponsored by the NRC, Heath Department, Department of Public Works, Sustainable Wellesley, and Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.

Phyllis Theermann

Monarch Butterflies–Beauty on the Wing
How can Wellesley help Monarchs throughout Their Life Cycle?

WHAT: Wellesley Conservation Council Spring Lecture
WHO: Kim Smith, Naturalist and Award-winning Photographer
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 7:00pm
WHERE: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

The Monarch’s life story is one of nature’s most incredible examples of adaptation and survival. But the Monarch migration is in great peril. Learn how you can help. Through photographs and discussion, Beauty on the Wing tells the life story of the Monarch Butterfly, the state of the butterflies’ migration and why they are in sharp decline, and the positive steps we can take as individuals and collectively to help the Monarchs recover from devastating effects of habitat loss, climate change, and pesticides.

Kim Smith is an award winning nature author, documentary filmmaker, native plant landscape designer, and naturalist. She specializes in creating pollinator habitat gardens utilizing primarily North American native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and vines.

The Wellesley Conservation Council Annual Meeting for the election of officers and board members will precede the program at 6:30pm. This event is free and co-sponsored by Wellesley Free Library. For more information go to www.wellesleyconservationcouncil.org.

Phyllis Theermann

landscapes for living

Before you treat your lawn with chemicals this spring, come learn about safer, healthier, and more eco-friendly ways to care for your home landscape. Sustainable Wellesley is co-sponsoring “Landscapes for Living: A Forum on Eco-Friendly Gardening and Lawn Care,” on Saturday, May 13, 10:30 am to 3 pmat Wellesley Free Library.  

Whether you are a beginner or a long-time green thumb, you’ll find inspiration and information at this free forum. Come early at 10:00 am to get advice on soil analysis from Cricket Vlass, Landscape Planner for our own Wellesley Department of Public Works. 

The program includes nationally known speakers Doug Tallamy and Chip Osborne. Doug will speak about easy ways to incorporate native plants into your decorative landscape. Chip will discuss how you can use the same principles of organic turf management that he developed for the Town of Wellesley to manage your lawn at home. And in between these two keynote speakers, you can choose a practical workshop:

  • Planting for pollinators, with Best Bees
  • Gardening with beautiful ornamental edibles, with Home Harvest
  • Composting in your backyard, with Ann McGovern, EPA 

Wellesley Women Artisans will also present the exhibit “Art in Nature,” with works by 17 local artists. 

Register here to be eligible for prizes: tinyurl.com/LandscapesForLiving  

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Event co-sponsors: Wellesley Natural Resources Commission, Sustainable Wellesley, Health Department, Recreation Department, and Wellesley Free Library.