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May 20, 2013

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Native-plant presentation coming up

KEENE — The public is invited to an Adirondack native-plant presentation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at East Branch Organics nursery, 10861 Route 9N.

Essex County Adirondack Garden Club and Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program will host a discussion about Adirondack native plants and the invasive plants that threaten their survival in a first-of-its-kind program held at a local garden center.

Speakers are Hilary Smith, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program director; Dan Spada, plant ecologist; and Heather Coffin, proprietor with her husband, Tom, of the nursery. They will review ongoing efforts to protect the Adirondack landscape from invasive species, provide an overview of recognizable invasive species found along the roadside and forest paths, and offer tips for gardening and landscaping with native plants and shrubs that have proven success in often-challenging Adirondack conditions.

Afterward, guests are encouraged to ask questions, enjoy a picnic box lunch for $12, and amble among the native plants. Those who wish may round out their Let’s Go Native! Show & Tell experience with a forest walk with Dan Spada guiding along the Roaring Brook Falls trail.

RSVP to attend the program and order a box lunch by calling Lynne Perry at 359-2630 by Wednesday, May 23.

500 gardens planned in Milwaukee 

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Victory Garden Initiative is seeking volunteers to plant 500 vegetable gardens in Milwaukee this month.

The nonprofit is named for efforts during World War I and II to have people grow food to support the war effort. It encourages people to plant gardens now as a way to improve nutrition and quality of life.

Director Gretchen Mead says the goal is to make sure everyone has access to fresh fruits and vegetables, no matter their income level.

The group aims to plant 500 gardens by May 25.

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