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SafeLawns Talk Slated for June 13 in Washington, D.C.


Glenstone Brings Tukey for Pesticide Reduction Seminar

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the application of toxic pesticides in the Chesapeake Bay region, America’s leading expert on natural lawn care will present a free educational lecture titled “SafeLawns: Why & How to Create a Beautiful Landscape Naturally” on Monday, June 13.

Sponsored by Glenstone, a non-profit art museum located in Potomac, Md., the event featuring best-selling author Paul Tukey will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the new Tenley-Friendship Library in the large meeting room 4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW # 117 Washington, D.C.

Founder of the SafeLawns Foundation, and internationally recognized as the “father of the organic lawn movement,” Tukey is author of the best-selling book titled, The Organic Lawn Care Manual. His presentation will focus on natural techniques and products to reduce weeds and keep lawns lush and green without harming people, pets or the environment. A book signing will follow.

“I am eager to learn how to create and maintain a healthy lawn without lawn chemicals, having recently been involved in a battle in my condominium community to prevent acres of grass from being sprayed with a post-emergent chemical concoction,” said event organizer Wendy S. Pachter, a resident of McLean Gardens. “We know more about the effects of these chemicals than we did eight years ago and I don’t want other people’s puppies and children to suffer. And I want healthy soil that can support healthy grass without causing damage to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. So, I’m looking forward to Mr. Tukey telling us how to achieve that in our park-like community!”

In 2010 Tukey began to help Glenstone, a 150-acre facility, to convert its landscape to a natural, sustainable maintenance program. The museum has since sponsored several of Tukey’s presentations, including a film screening and panel discussion slated for June 14 in at the Wayside Elementary School in Potomac beginning at 7 p.m. Tukey will be joined on that stage by a doctor, veterinarian and an environmentalist all concerned about the effects of chemical lawn fertilizers and weed and insect killers on human, animal and planetary health.

“At Glenstone, where our focus is the seamless integration of art, architecture and landscape, we have made the decision to convert that landscape to natural management and then share what we have learned with the local and regional community,” said Glenstone representative Tony Cerveny. “These events with Paul present a tremendous opportunity to network with national and community leaders who are concerned with keeping toxins out of the environment. It’s also a great chance to learn about new, innovative techniques and natural products to keep landscapes beautiful.”

Tukey noted the timing of his visit to the region follows a recent law signed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley that limits both the content and the application of fertilizer for urban and suburban lawns, an effort supporters say should help rescue the nutrient-polluted Bay area.

“Our presentation on June 13 will give people what they need to know to be in compliance with that new law,” said Tukey. “The bottom line is that you can have a beautiful lawn without synthetic chemicals and without harming people, pets or the environment.”

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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