We are more than pleased with the turnout for the October events at the Abbot Public Library, sponsored through the collaboration of the Library and the Conservancy. We feel inspired to do another in 2012!
In spite of a short but serious rainstorm that caused the entire lower floor of the Abbot Public Library to flood on the very day our October events were to open, fast action by Patti Rogers, Library Director, got everything started as planned. Water seeping up at the entrance to the meeting room was mopped up by Trustees Dick Marcy, Sandi Peaslee, and Doug Perkins during the event.
In the adjoining Gallery, the exhibit of artisticworks of nature by photographer Dennis Curtin and biologist Erika Sonder were a hit, and both artists enjoyed talking with visitors. More than one hundred people attended that evening to hear Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home give reasons for emphasizing native plantings, even in our home gardens.
In a related afterthought, we should note that protected conservation areas in Marblehead account for fewer than one hundred and fifty acres. So the effort to give emphasis to native plantings has to come from homeowners.