10/2/2023 Monday – Fall Educational presentation and Member Meeting at the Riverfront Community Center

Fall Educational presentation and Member Meeting
 Monday, October 2nd at the Riverfront Community Center

Starting at 6:00pm There will be a social hour to enjoy conversation, a lite sandwich dinner and volunteer sign-up for Fall work dates. At 7:00pm we will hold a brief business meeting (20 minutes) followed by a conversation with our guest speaker, Aubree Keurajian who will provide an Introduction to Ungardening. This conversation will go beyond just planting for pollinators and discuss how to incorporate principles of restoration ecology to turn your yard into a mini nature preserve, and how to identify plants, native “weeds”, and invasive species.

Aubree Keurajian is a professional field botanist and ecologist with a B.S. in the Science of Natural and Environmental Systems from Cornell University. She is from Connecticut, and after working around the country as an ecologist, returned home to found Ungardening Native Plants to educate about and promote native plants and ecologically minded yard care. She is a member of the Connecticut Native Plant Working Group and a steering committee member of the Coginchaug Outdoor Enrichment Center.
The Public is Welcome and Encouraged to attend this event. Bring a friend too.

GPIP is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides beautification, education, and environmental work on the public lands of Glastonbury through membership, donations and grants.  For more information:  GPIP.org information@gpip.org  Facebook or call Pam @ 860.659.3482   Donations can be mailed to: GPIP PO Box 378 So. Glastonbury, CT 06073 or electronically via PayPal 

Oct 4th, 2021 – Save the Date! Fall Annual Meeting

Save the Date!
Fall Annual Meeting
October 4th, 2021
featuring James “Jim” Sirch

 We are so excited about this speaker. Jim Sirch is the Educational Coordinator for Yale Peabody Museum. He specializes and is passionate about Native Plants. Fall is the best time to plant native seeds. Be certain to come to this meeting. We hope to have the meeting at the Riverfront Community Center as in the past, including a little social time before the presentation. Keeping our fingers crossed.

Propagating Pollinator Plants from Seed

Including native plants in your garden is a great way to help pollinators. Expand your native plantings inexpensively by growing them yourself from seed. In this workshop we’ll discover different germination requirements for different kinds of seeds and how to plant a plastic milk jug filled with a seed selection to stratify over the winter. Proper after care will be discussed

Jim Sirch is the Education Coordinator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Jim was past president and is currently on the board of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust and the CT Native Plant Working Group. A certified CT Master Gardener, Jim gives talks throughout the state on gardening for pollinators and growing native plants from seed and is dedicated to helping improve backyard biodiversity. Jim was featured in the Members Making a Difference section of the Summer 2016 issue of the American Horticultural Society’s American Gardener magazine. Jim also authors a weekly nature blog called Beyond Your Back Door at: www.beyondyourbackdoor.net