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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Free Native Gardening Workshop in Bedford Hills: 10:30 a.m. to noon on June 15

Anyone who wants a nature-friendly garden but isn’t sure where to start can participate in a live demonstration at Westchester Land Trust’s Sugar Hill Farm, in Bedford Hills, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on June 15. In her workshop Native Gardening 101: How to Plant a Habitat Patch, Amanda Bayley, co-founder of Plan it Wild, will demonstrate step-by-step how to replace lawn turf with native plants and create a habitat patch in your yard.

Westchester Land Trust (WLT) will also be on hand sharing habitat tips and information about Pollinator Pathway, a collaboration between local residents, municipalities and conservation organizations, focused on establishing habitat and food sources for pollinating insects and wildlife. Since its founding in 1988, WLT has preserved nearly 8,400 acres of open space, including 775 acres of preserves owned by the organization which are open to the public year-round.

The June 15 demonstration is part of the Plan it Wild Speaker Series 2019, whose goal is to create “a biodiverse, resilient, beautiful Westchester.” This free and open-to-the-public countywide roadshow features a selection of speakers, topics and workshops that address what each of us can do to further that goal.

Cost: Free. Location: Westchester Land Trust at Sugar Hill Farm, 403 Harris Rd., Bedford Hills, NY. For more information about WLT, visit For more info about the demonstration and to RSVP (by June 12, please), visit and search for Native Gardening 101 in Bedford Hills.

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