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Environmental Concerns

Environmental Concerns and Conservation

This committee’s chairmen deal with individual areas, but there is no aspect of garden club that does not touch on the environment. We welcome questions and suggestions from any garden club members.


Sue Bennett

Air Quality

   Sheryl Hanson

Climate Change

Linda Harris

Creepers, Flyers, & Swimmers Protection

Mickie Marquis

Invasive Species

Sheila Croushore

Land & Soil Conservation

Roxanna Champagne

Penny Pines

Sandy Dennis

Recycling, Upcycling, & Stewardship

Brynn Tavasci

Water Protection & Conservation

Sue Bennett


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Climate change affects all of us. This committee will focus on how we as gardeners can combat climate change. Gardeners can be an important part of the solution by using sustainable practices. We will give you some examples and tell you why and how they work – hopefully you will try them and use them in your gardens and landscapes. You might even want to share the information with your community.

Linda Harris

Climate Change Chairman

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Every gardener has struggled with invasive species. Some, like the Japanese beetle or Dutch Elm disease, have been around for many years, others are popping up all the time. Invasive plants may be nuisances in our gardens, but in the wild they are using resources that our native plants desperately need. Exotic species are not part of the food chain. We need to educate the public not to plant invasives and to eradicate them.

Soil is essential to life on earth and soil conservation is crucial to environmental sustainability. Soil is not dirt, it is a living ecosystem teeming with microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, nematodes, worms, and insects. Soil puts food on our plates, purifies water, protects us against flooding and combats drought.

We can play a part in the conservation of land and soil in our home gardens:

  • Add organic matter to your garden soil to increase the availability of air, water and nutrients for your plants.
  • Incorporate compost into compacted soil. Avoid bare soil as rain can wash away nutrients and even soil itself.
  • Cover your soil with plants and grass and use mulch around plants to protect topsoil.
  • Do not plant the same plant in the same area year after year to reduce disease.
  • Avoid the use of chemicals whenever possible.
  • Most important of all, test your soil to know what nutrients your soil needs to avoid adding the wrong nutrients to soil.

Roxanna Champagne

Land and Soil Conservation Chairman

There are countless ways that garden club members can recycle and upcycle to be good stewards of our planet. Finding second, even third uses for everyday items can reduce waste, save money, stimulate creativity, and sometimes add humor to your garden club meetings, programs, and workshops. Contact this committee to share and find ideas that promote upcycling and repurposing in garden projects, indoor and outdoor crafts, flower show staging, centerpieces, design components, entertainment, and more. Exploring and sharing together is one of the many benefits of the garden club community.

Brynn Tavasci

Recycling, Upcycling, and Stewardship Chairman

Find out more about this longstanding NGC program working with the National Forestry Service:

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Pollinators are essential to the continued existence of 80% of all plants and 90% of all flowering plants. Pollinator gardens need host plants as well as nectar plants. The single best host plant is an oak tree, but many native herbaceous plants like butterfly weed are great hosts and provide nectar.