It’s Never Too Early to Think about Landscaping

Crossroads at Big Creek will host several programs on landscaping while everyone waits for the snow to melt.

A free video presentation of Doug Tallamy’s lecture “Bringing Nature Home” is scheduled for March 15 at 2 pm. The lecture was originally presented at Elgin Academy for the Northern Kane County of Wild Ones. It presents the case of how we all have the opportunity to protect biodiversity and why a simple change in the way we look at our yards can make a crucial difference to wildlife.

Tallamy demonstrates why so many birds and mammals rely on native plants and describe ways to create a sustainable landscape.

On March 18 at 7 pm, the Door County Master Gardeners welcome Sharon Morrisey, Consumer Horticulture Agent for the Milwaukee County UW Extension, for a free presentation titled “Your Lawn – Organic, Conventional, or In-Between.”

Since 1992, Morrisey has worked for UW Extension in Milwaukee after serving as the director of the University of Connecticut’s Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, Conn. She also authored a book titled Large Flowering Shrubs for the Midwest.

While it might seem overly optimistic to begin thinking about lawns in March, this program explores the topic of lawn care and will serve as a useful guide to Door County homeowners who are planning their lawn maintenance routines now hoping that the snow will eventually disappear.

The Friends of Crossroads will continue to loan skis and snowshoes on Thursday and Sundays from 1 to 3 pm, if conditions allow. Check the website, or find them on Facebook for current conditions and cancellations.

The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan Street, is open 2 to 4:30 pm daily and during scheduled activities.