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Saturday, March 21, 3:30-5PM. Norwalk Library Gardening Lecture Series: Spring is Here! Can You Hear It?The wind or rain… or the sleigh-bell sounds of spring peepers, the gentle call of a bluebird in summer, or a katydid rasping in the fall–we can become so accustomed to the background noises of our life that we tune these sounds of our natural world out. Come to this talk to find out more about the emerging field of soundscape ecology, and to learn some simple steps you can take to welcome nature’s chorus back to your neighborhood.

Cathy Smith is a long-time gardener with a passion for natural history, native plants and landscape design. She is a Master Composter in training through the UConn Home & Garden Education Center and is completing a New York Botanical Garden certificate. She has also studied with Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, one of the world’s great gardens. When not gardening or hiking, she teaches yoga and serves on the boards of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Originally from Canada, she lives and gardens in Wilton.

Snacks and beverages will be served. For more information or to register for this free event please contact Sally Nacker at or 203-899-2780 ext. 15137. Norwalk Library, 1 Belden Ave, Norwalk, CT.

Sunday, April 26, 3-4:30PM. Becoming An Environmental Steward of Your Own Property Has Never Been More Important. Katonah Library. The Lewisboro Land Trusts present a talk by Kim Eierman, an environmental horticulturist, specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. She is the founder of EcoBeneficial LLC and teaches at New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and The Native Plant Center. Kim is the author of a new book, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening. The program is free, thanks to the generosity of the Jerome Levy Foundation, and all are welcome.

NRWA programs highlight the importance and features of the river and its watershed and ways people collectively and individually can improve the region. Programs are free, unless specified, but space may be limited; reservations are suggested. Call the leader listed or NRWA toll free at 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463) for information, directions, and reservations. Hikers should always wear hiking shoes and bring water.