East County News Service
February 7, 2017 (La Mesa) — “Gardening with nature—birds and butterflies and bats and bees” will be the topic discussed by guest speaker Connie Beck at the La Mesa Beautiful Annual Meeting on February 19 at 4 p.m. The event will be held in Nan Couts Cottage at 5045 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Beck has been an organic gardening instructor and landscape designer for the past 30 years, including ten years teaching vocational horticulture at the San Diego County women's jail. In the past she has also enjoyed being a Canyoneer and a nature interpreter for the Audubon Society. As a volunteer with the National Wildlife Federation she helped people create habitats in schools, churches, businesses, and backyards. Currently, she works with the California Native Plant Society on special projects to promote the use of our beautiful native plants which are so well-adapted for this area. She has previously hosted the “Ready, Set, Grow” segment on East County Magazine’s radio show on KNSJ.
Her belief is that one person at a time can make a difference by giving up toxic chemicals and providing the basic necessities for wildlife: food, water, cover and a place to raise their young. Key to this is good plant choice and good design to save water and create sustainable landscapes in our own gardens.
She likes to hike, teach, read, garden and travel, visiting gardens wherever she goes.
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need" - Marcus Tullius Cicero
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