Register Now for October CCP Meeting About Healthy Yard Alternatives

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Native plant perennial garden

Native plant perennial garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The October Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) meeting will focus on Healthy Yard Alternatives.

Please join us on October 21, 2021, from 9–11:30 a.m. for a virtual meeting entitled Healthy Yard Alternatives: Leave Your Leaves and Reduce Your Lawn

With Autumn upon us it’s a great time to think about making changes in your yard that local wildlife might thank you for. Come to the October Chatham Conservation Partnership meeting to hear ideas that range from lazy to landscape-scale and will “leaf” you wanting to learn more! Leaves provide nutrients for the trees that drop them and shelter for many insects; learn from Barbara Driscoll of New Hope Audubon why you should skip the raking and leave the leaves this fall. Next, we’ll ask you to think beyond the lawn with expert advice from Matt Jones with the Chatham County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension on alternatives that will offer more biodiversity for your buck. Finally, we’ll explore two beautiful examples of home-scale landscapes re-envisioned with wildlife in mind: Debbie Roos with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center will give a virtual tour of the Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden and the CCP’s own Allison Schwarz Weakley will highlight a local landowner’s front yard meadow! This meeting will again be conducted virtually so you can head straight outside to break your rake and ditch your grass when we’re done!

Meeting Agenda:

9 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m.
Leave the Leaves
Barbara Driscoll, New Hope Audubon Society
9:45 a.m.
Lawn Alternatives

Matt Jones, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
10:30 a.m.
Landowner Example of a Lawn Alternative
Allison Schwarz Weakley, CCP Steering Committee
10:40 a.m.
Virtual Tour of the Pollinator Paradise Demo Garden through the Seasons
Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
11:10 a.m.
Q&A Session
11:20 a.m.
CCP Updates and announcements from members

11:30 a.m.

Click to register for this meeting. Registration deadline is 10 p.m. on October 19. Registrants will receive an email prior to the event with the Zoom link. 

CCP Steering Committee: Catherine Deininger, Brooke Massa, Brandy Oldham, Debbie Roos, Margaret Sands, Allison Weakley.

For more information about the Chatham Conservation Partnership, visit the CCP website or email