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Gardening for Biodiversity [Arl. Comm. Ed.]
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 07:00pm - 08:30pm
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Biodiversity is the variety of living things on our planet—from the smallest bacteria to the largest plants and animals. It is essential for the processes that support all life on Earth, including humans, and is a primary indicator of our planet’s health. Plant and animal species are disappearing faster than at any time in the last 10 million years, and that pace is accelerating. We’ll focus on the current biodiversity crisis; discuss the evolutionary history among native plants, insects, birds and fungi; and examine how these interdependent relationships among diverse species are necessary for their survival. Learn how growing native plants and using ecological landscape practices can simultaneously reverse biodiversity loss, increase resilience in our landscapes, and slow climate change—all while creating a beautiful garden!


Led by: Amy Meltzer, an active member of Grow Native Massachusetts and the Mass Pollinator Network. She is on both the Research Team and the Natural Solutions Working Group of Elders Climate Action. With a doctorate in psychology, Amy has retired from her psychotherapy practice and has been researching and gardening with native plants for over ten years. Amy gardens at her homes in Cambridge and in the foothills of the Berkshires.

Location Either Gibbs School or Arlington High School