Kill Your Lawn

September 26th



An article in The Washington Post called lawns “a soul-crushing time suck.” Mark Richardson, Horticultural Director of the New England Wildflower Society, couldn’t agree more. According to NASA, more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop in the United States. Lawns are resource heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Join us as Mark explains why you should “kill your lawn” and replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings.

Mark Richardson oversees the New England Wild Flower Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. He studied ornamental horticulture at the University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.

This program takes place at 7pm at Strawbery Banke Museum’s Visitor Center (14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH). Admission is $9 ($7 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or nesunit@gmail.com.

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