||The Acton Garden Club was pleased to present an evening with Peter Alden - renowned naturalist - September 23, 2009 at the Acton Town Hall. Mr. Alden spoke on "Invasive Plants Eating Acton" - an entertaining look at a serious subject. A resident of Concord, MA, Mr. Alden is familiar with non-native plants and their effect on native plants, bird and mammal populations. In Concord, his work inventorying the populations of invasive trees, shrubs, vines and herbs led to the removal of many infestations threatening public safety. Invasive plants threaten native ecosystems and are triggering extinctions. His talk explored such questions as "How has this happened?", "What is the worst of these?" and "What are our options?" No one was surprised when Mr. Alden digressed on to other conservation topics such as the effect of using bird feeders and how bird and mammal populations have changed since Thoreau's time.
Peter Alden is the author of 15 books including the National Audubon Society's Regional Field Guide Series. His extensive resume includes experience as an eco-tourism guide having given self-designed safaris and tours on every continent and ocean.
This FREE program was part of Acton Garden Club's gift to the community in celebration of our 75th Anniversary. Save the date for another free program on November 10 when several members will demonstrate floral designs in 'Holiday Magic - Seasonal Designs that Transition from the November to the December Holidays'. 'Holiday Magic' will be held at St. Matthew's Church, 435 Central St., Acton with light refreshments at 7:00 pm and the program beginning at 7:30. Designs will be raffled off at the conclusion of the program. Watch for more information. The Acton Garden Club is member of the Garden Club Federation of MA and National Garden Clubs, Inc. The AGC welcomes men and women, experienced or not, to join them as they explore areas of landscape design, horticulture, conservation and floral design. For membership information please contact Pat Kosicki 978-263-2812.