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CANCELED (Will be rescheduled for March 2020): Making a Garden for the Birds
Thursday, June 20, 7-8:30pm

Presenter: Margaret Roach, "A Way to Garden" blogger

"I always say the birds taught me to garden. And I thank them." - Margaret Roach

What started out decades ago as merely a semi-conscious wish to see more birds as she started a garden on a former blank canvas, ended up bringing about 68 avian species into Margaret's garden each year, each in its own time, with a smaller but substantial number nesting in it or at its periphery. Margaret will share all her "if I knew then what I know now" aha's about setting realistic aims (no, not every site is going to attract bluebirds, no matter how many boxes you buy!) and accomplishing them-all within the context of a visually pleasing home landscape. She'll cover her top tips for making a garden that makes birds right at home,, must-have resources, and much more.

Margaret's will be signing copies of her acclaimed all-new version of "A Way to Garden" after the talk. The book is available in Tower Hill's Garden Shop.

Margaret Roach, after 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, now writes the nationally acclaimed blog "A Way to Garden" and is author of the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, "And I Shall Have Some Peace There," about walking away from "success" for a quieter life lived closer to nature. "The Backyard Parables" (2013) blends garden memoir and how-to advice. An all-new version of her first award-winning book "A Way to Garden" was published in spring 2019, on its 21st anniversary. "Eat Pray Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert said of Margaret: "As a passionate, hopeful and often self-delusional gardener (the only kind of gardener there is!). Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all-sanity. Her work is a blessing." Expressions commonly heard each September like "the season's almost over" don't sit well with Margaret Roach. She has worked for more than 25 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. It has been open for Garden Conservancy Open Days for more than 20 years.