2022 Lecture Schedule

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Lectures in 2022 will be held in the chapel. The Herb Festival Committee is developing its usual exciting schedule of talks.

11 AM - Lawn Alternatives, A Mid-Atlantic Experience

Lawn Alternatives, A Mid-Atlantic Experience explains the reasons for replacing turf grass lawns, strategies for reducing the negative impact of lawn maintenance, and alternatives for the areas where turf grass has been removed. As techniques for replacing mowed areas are discussed, examples are presented of strategies that were used to reduce about 50% of the mowed area on a property in Maryland.

Speaker: Sara Yosua

Bio: After retiring from a career in computer networking, Sara Yosua became a University of Maryland Baltimore County Master Gardener in 2014, where she devotes her time and energy with outreach programs to explain the importance of healthy, sustainable, functioning ecosystems in our properties. Programs she has designed to educate the public include talks on pollinators, monarch butterflies, native bees, alternatives to turf grass lawns, and bee nest house workshops. As a University of Maryland Master Naturalist with Oregon Ridge Nature Center since 2015, Sara has been instrumental in many projects to bring awareness of native bees to our youth, including constructing bee habitat displays, building bee nest structures, and setting up pollinator gardens. Sara has been active in numerous Citizen Science programs to help capture valuable information about the native wildlife in our area.

12 PM - Old Growth Forest Network

Speaker: Jill Jonnes

Bio: Jill Jonnes is the Baltimore City Coordinator for the Old Growth Forest Network (OGFN), a national network of protected, publicly accessible forests. She is leading the initiative to preserve the 800 forested acres of Gwynns Falls Leakin Park and make it a part of the OGFN. Jonnes is also the founder of the Baltimore Tree Trust, and the Flowering Tree Trails, and a member of Baltimore City’s Forestry Board. An historian and author, her most recent book is URBAN FORESTS: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.




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