WOK launches “Lawns Into Meadows” community read

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A total of 24 local gardeners—all of them interested in adding native plants to their landscape—attended WOK’s first discussion session of Owen Wormser’s “Lawns into Meadows” March 8, based at the Portage Lake District Library.

We began with a Zoom meeting at 5:30 p.m., which drew about 16 attendees, plus moderators Marcia Goodrich and Karen Cayce. To facilitate discussion, we divided into three breakout groups to discuss two questions: Why are you interested in growing native plants and replacing all or part of your lawn? What characteristics and challenges does your garden site pose?

The in-person group meeting followed at 6:30 p.m., with six attendees joining Marcia and Karen at the library.

Discussion was so lively throughout the evening that we didn’t have time to address a third question: Are you planning a traditional meadow or a meadow garden?

Our next get-together will be Wednesday, March 15. Copies of “Lawns Into Meadows” are available for checkout at the Portage Lake District Library.