|S14/24 Coastal Certificate
Sound Gardening: Sustainable Landscaping for Clean Waters
Monday, March 3, 6 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5, 6 - 9 p.m.
Monday, March 17, 6 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19, 6 - 9 p.m.
Field Trip date to be determined
Location: Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford
Classroom Hrs: 12 total and one field trip
Instructor: Judy Preston, Speaker and Coordinator (multiple guest speakers)
$75.00 Non-Master Gardener
$65.00 Master Gardener
Class Limit: 25
The Coastal Certificate program is offered to those Master Gardeners who wish to familiarize themselves with current environmental issues unique to our coastal waters and Long Island Sound, while learning about ways to landscape more sustainably. In a time when climate change is taking on increasing significance for coastal communities, the Coastal Certificate Program will address how and why the transition to sustainable landscapes is not just a good idea, but also a global environmental imperative.
The Coastal Certificate is designed to generate ambassadors of alternatives to nutrient and chemically intensive landscaping practices for Connecticut coastal and watershed residents. The outreach component will be geared specifically to spreading the word about sustainable landscaping through projects, educational materials and other creative ideas.
In addition to covering coastal environmental issues, the Coastal Certificate program will feature professionals that address exciting ways to reduce or rethink lawns, create native plant habitats that attract birds and pollinating insects, design for sustainability using native coastal plants, and share tools and resources for effective outreach. The Saturday field trip will visit a local nursery for a guided tour of native plants available for coastal gardening.
Participants must attend all classes and complete two approved outreach activities to receive the Coastal Certificate. Reading resources will be provided. Those enrolled will receive 6 AMG credits upon completion.
Judy Preston is the CT Outreach Coordinator for the Long Island Sound Study and works at the CT Sea Grant UConn office in Groton, CT. She has a master’s degree in applied ecology from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont, and a master’s in Environmental Management from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Judy is also a Master Gardener and Master Composter through the University of Connecticut Extension System and an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional through the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
For more information about the Coastal Certificate program, contact Judy at 860-395-0465 or 860-405-9303, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.