Neighborhood Connections to host gardening series

LONDONDERRY - The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections will be hosting The Spring Gardening Series put on by the Windham County Estension Master Gardeners on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The gardening series begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9 and continues each Tuesday until the end of the month.

At the gardening series on Sept. 9, Marie Caduto, Watershed Coordinator for ANR/Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss Rain Gardens. A rain garden is a beautiful landscape feature specially designed to collect and filter storm water run-off before it travels downstream and pollutes streams, ponds, rivers and lakes.

On Sept. 16, Bob Butler Little Tree - Master Gardener, Certified Tree Steward and a Vermont Forest Pest First Detector - will give the talk "Creating Balance in Our Neighborhood." "Little Tree" a citizen of the Pootatuck Band of the Paugussett Nation, will introduce attendees to the plants, fungi, insects and animals beneficial to Biodiversity. He will then discuss invasive plants and insects which are in nearby landscapes and explain why it is important to consider replacing them with native plants.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Master Gardener and Mindfulness Meditation teacher Cheryl Wilfong returns to discuss "Mindfulness in the Garden."

Offering Buddha's teachings, Wilfong invites attendees to stroll through their gardens and focus on the joy that they bring.

The end of summer presents both a challenge and opportunity in the vegetable garden. On Sept. 30, EMG Steve Squires will discuss cover crops, fall planting, mulching the winter bed plus weed and insect control in his "Putting the Vegetable Garden to Bed" presentation.

There is no charge for this series, but space is limited. Call 824-4343 to reserve a seat.

Neighborhood Connections is a community-based non-profit social services agency serving individuals and families in the area mountain towns of south-central Vermont. With particular emphasis on those most vulnerable, the organization responds to community-identified needs with a range of social services and health-related programs, working first with resources already existing in local communities. For more information, visit the website at


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