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News Community Final ‘Gardening’ series Friday at Rickman Store

Brent MartinThe “Gardening for Wildlife Series” comes to an end this Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. after six months of continuous presentations, lectures and field trips hosted by the Friends of the Rickman Store.

Brent Martin, Southeast Representative of The Wilderness Society, will close the series with the program ‘Hug a Bug! Love a Bee! Save a Tree!’ Martin will talk about the concept of putting a value on nature’s free services, such as intact forests, backyard trees, birds, bees, bats and the many insects that are not only wild pollinators but pest control agents as well.

Martin will explain how nature’s gifts are undervalued but vital to the health and sustainability of our planet; and most importantly, how we, as individuals, can work to protect natural systems in our own neighborhoods.

This is the third year of the Gardening Series organized by the Friends of the Rickman Store. Under the leadership of Debby Boots, many neighbors opened their homes, gardens and businesses to allow the community to learn about good practices that can help us to protect our natural habitats. The series included the presentation of the Weaverville Community Wildlife Habitat Project where the work of a small group of wildlife habitat stewards resulted in Weaverville being recognized as the 32nd community in the country to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation.

The community is invited to come to the Rickman Store on Friday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Songwriter Angela Faye Martin will accompany Brent’s talk with some “wild” strumming and songs. All gardeners who have received “Backyard Wildlife Habitat” certification from the National Wildlife Federation are invited to attend and be recognized.

Call (828)349-5201 for directions and details.

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