With the invasion of non-native insects, pathogens and plants, gardeners are faced with new challenges to maintain a healthy landscape. To better understand the problem, the Redding Garden Club has invited Sean McNamara, the town’s deputy tree warden, as guest speaker at its Monday, Feb. 11, meeting at the Redding Community Center.
Mr. McNamara will discuss recent additions to the “unwanted” list, including the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long-Horned Beetle and Downey Mildew. He will explain how to identify the non-native pests and the damage they cause, and what are the best methods of controlling them.
Mr. McNamara is a licensed arborist and custom grounds specialist, diagnosing and treating insect and disease problems in the state of Connecticut. He is a member of the Connecticut Tree Protection Association and the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association. For many years he has served with his father, the town’s tree warden, caring for the trees on town property.
The Redding Garden Club, a member of Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut and National Garden Clubs, meets monthly and always welcome guests and potential new members to attend ($5 fee). Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch and business meeting, followed by a specific program at 1. Call 203-938-0694 if you have questions or need further information or visit the club’s website to learn more about the Redding Garden Club: reddinggardenclub.org.