Okay, this meeting is a dream come true for our Program Chair Deborah H.
As a long-time Master Gardener, she devoured Robert Pavlis’ books on Garden Myths, Soil Science and Compost (among other topics) and now she is making it possible for us to hear him live and (almost) in person.
Robert Pavlis has over 45 years’ experience in the art and science of horticulture, with a particular focus on soil chemistry and health. He is the owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden featuring 3,000 varieties of plants. A sought-after speaker, and lecturer, Robert has published many articles in magazines such as Mother Earth News and Ontario Gardening. He maintains two widely read blogs – gardenfundamentals.com and gardenmyths.com – and a popular YouTube channel with tens of thousands of subscribers. Robert is the author of Compost Science for Gardeners, Plant Science for Gardeners, Soil Science for Gardeners, and Building Natural Ponds.
Because he lives in Guelph, Canada this meeting will be by Zoom only. Links and details will be sent to chapter members. Be aware that some of his advice is Northeast-centric, so feel free to read the websites ahead of time and come with questions!
Denise “Deni” Friese of Custom Landscapes (whose services include eco-friendly design, consultation and installation) will speak to us on August 11th about composting and mulching in the orchard. If you heard her at our last field trip/workshop, you know she is incredibly knowledgeable. This time she will have the floor mostly to herself (though I’m sure our membership will be contributing their voices and experience as well.)
[Deni adds: “I am an Eco-Friendly Landscaper, own business since 1995, I do design, consultation, installation, specialty maintenance and irrigation. Love putting in edible gardens. My specialty is knowing plants and what they need to thrive. I try to help my clients design their own “dream yard”. I have been a Plant-a-holic for many years and have way too many plants. Joined CRFG a few years ago and love it]
Also the renowned Charles Portney will be describing rare fruit trees he has propagated and will be generously donating to the day’s plant raffle. These raffles seem to be shaping up as only semiannual events so don’t miss this one! The next one probably won’t be until our Holiday Party in December.
On the same note, if you have plants of your own to donate, this is the time. And if you happen to have any treepots (the tall skinny pots used for rooting plants with long taproots, they come between 8” and 14” deep) Charles desperately needs them to continue his generous work. They look like this.
And per usual, snacks to share will always be welcome. Now that Jane has donated a lovely glass beverage holder, we will be having something to drink at most meetings, so either homegrown fruit or hand-held crunchy things will be appreciated by one and all.