Annual meeting and invasive plant talk featuring Eric Larson

The Milford Land Conservation Trust will hold its annual meeting on September 11th from 5:30 to 6:15 pm at St Peter's Hall. This will be a good opportunity for Land Trust members to be updated on the Land Trust's activities over the last year, which included acquisitions, public events, and conservation measures. Refreshments will be served.

After the business portion of the meeting, we will move to Milford Public Library at 7 pm where guest speaker Eric Larson will deliver a presentation on invasive plants. An invasive species is a plant (or animal) that is not native to a specific location (an introduced species), that has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health. Connecticut has dozens of invasive species that can crowd out native plants, and do not support native animal species. Some of them are even sold in garden centers! We will talk about what makes a plant invasive, look at examples and samples, and finish with some thoughts about what can be done.

Eric Larson has been an estate gardener, and arboretum supervisor, and a university botanical garden manager. He started gardening in Kentucky as part of the back to the land movement in the early 1970's. He attended Longwood Garden's Professional Gardeners' Training Program, and is now the New Haven County coordinator for the UConn Extension's Master Gardeners program.

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