Landscaping to Save the Lakes Talk Slated for Saturday in Bridgton, Maine
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Lakes Environmental Association, I have agreed to appear in Bridgton, Maine, to talk about landscaping by the lakes. Here is the official press release with all the pertinent information for anyone interested:
Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m., Old Town Hall, Route 302, Bridgton
Learn how to enjoy a lovely landscape without harming our lakes with advice from Paul Tukey, best-selling author and founder of SafeLawns.org. Tukey, 49, will share his knowledge and his passion for organic gardening, lawn care and Maine’s lakes. The event is part of the summer-long 40th anniversary celebration of the Lakes Environmental Association, a non-profit organization that has been protecting Maine’s lakes since 1970.
Colin Holme, LEA’s field services director will also be on hand June 19 to answer questions, including what’s allowed under Maine’s shoreland zoning laws and what plants can be both beautiful and beneficial to our lakes. A variety of native plants for a range of site conditions will be for sale at the event thanks to local landscape gardener, Lucia Terry, who owns Perennial Point of View. Terry specializes in working with native ornamentals and also will be available to answer questions about specific plants.
This event is free to LEA members. For non-members, LEA requests a $5 contribution per person.
Tukey, a lifelong resident of Maine, is a journalist, author, filmmaker and motivational public speaker, who has a particular expertise in environmental issues related to landscape management and water quality. Tukey’s goal is to provide practical hands-on tactics that can be employed by homeowners, municipalities and business leaders.
Winner of the prestigious Horticultural Communicator of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society, Tukey makes from 100 to 120 appearances a year across North America. Lauded for his ability to turn a mundane subject — lawn care — into a rousing public discourse, he has been featured in thousands of media outlets from Good Morning America in the U.S., to the CBC in Canada, as well as National Geographic, Readers Digest and the New York Times, which called him “the godfather of the natural lawn care movement.”
Tukey spent the 1980s as a newspaper journalist before launching his own landscape contracting business in the 1990s. In 1994 he developed Acute Chemical Sensitivity from the products he applied to lawns, so in 1995 he launched an environmentally oriented media company, People, Places & Plants, which published a magazine and a television show broadcast internationally on the cable network HGTV from 2003-2007. In 2006, Mr. Tukey founded the non-profit SafeLawns Foundation and in 2007, he wrote the best-selling book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, and produced an award-winning video series titled “Making the Organic Lawn Care Transition.” In 2009, he produced and starred in the award-winning documentary film, A Chemical Reaction, that is centered around the first town in North America — Hudson, Quebec — that ever banned lawn and garden chemicals.