Library and gardeners team up for gardening lectures: Free

The Friends of Milford Library and the Milford Recreation Department's Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program will co-sponsor, for the twelfth year, three spring gardening lectures at the Milford Public Library.

All lectures are free, open to the public and held in the library program room. Coffee, tea and light pastries will be served during each lecture.

Following is the lecture schedule:

Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m., “Heirloom Gardening — Delicious Varieties For the Home Garden” will be presented by Randel Agrella, general manager of Comstock-Ferre Seed Company in Wethersfield, and heirloom grower and seed saver since 1982.

Agrella will discuss heirloom varieties dating back to the 1920s and before. He'll also talk about WWII Victory Gardens and how they relate to the contemporary pure-food movement.

Common terms such as organic, heirloom, open-pollinated, and genetically engineered crops will be discussed and demystified.

Monday, April 8, 6:30 p.m., “Biodynamic Gardening” will be presented by Janelle Beardsley, flower and herb manager, and Sara Burns of Guy's Eco Garden, a certified organic farm in Shelton.

Biodynamics, founded in 1924 by Rudolph Steiner, is practiced worldwide today by thousands of farmers and gardeners, focusing on how cosmic and earthly rhythms affect plants and soil and why these interrelationships are so important in a biodynamic garden.

Beardsley and Burns will talk about how to make biodynamic compost and how to use the Stella Natura planting calendar to maximize the highest yields possible in the smallest possible space.

Monday, April 22, 6:30 p.m., “Gardening for the Five Senses,” will be led by Tovah Martin, certified NOFA organic land care professional, author, freelance writer and TV personality for PBS and the Martha Stewart Show.

Participants can learn to stop gardening one-dimensionally and start engaging all the senses.

Tovah's lecture is fitness training for the senses, helping gardeners to perceive all the stimuli in the garden. She'll discuss how textures both pleasant and unpleasant to touch impact the garden and how sound through natural pollinators is a vital component.

She coaches the nose on how to sample floral scents, good and bad, and how colors should be combined for the most visual impact for the eyes. She will discuss how herbs and heirloom veggies complete the five senses with the importance of taste.

For more information, call Nancy at 203-783-3307 or Linda at 203-783-3280, extension 8.