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Smaller American Lawns Today

Smaller American Lawns Today, SALT, is a movement introduced in June of 1997 by Dr. William A. Niering, professor of botany at Connecticut College. The SALT mission is to decrease the size of lawns in America by restoring home grounds to more harmonious, productive, ecologically sound and naturalistic landscapes. SALT offers an alternative vision of the monocultured lawn. As Dr. Niering wrote, “There’s nothing wrong with dandelions, there’s something wrong with people.”

Natural beauty can abound in one's own yard. In our annual SALT Conference, participants learn how to cut back on the size of their lawns and also to have beautiful, sustainable, and friendly home grounds as well. Once established, you will never want to go back to a boring, monocultural lawn!

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Smaller American Lawns Today (SALT) Conference
Creating Edible Gardens for People and Pollinators
November 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet in Cummings Arts Center, Oliva Hall 
$65 before Nov. 1/$80 after ($50 before Nov. 1/$65 after members Arboretum or Wild Ones); registration required

Turn Your Garden into a Pollinator Pathway
Dina Brewster, Executive Director, CT NOFA
Dina will discuss how home landscapes, lawns, and gardens, can contribute to the food system by supporting the farmers and gardeners in our region. The Pollinator Pathway has teamed up with CT NOFA to safeguard the regional food system by increasing pollinator habitat across Connecticut. 

Pollinator Habitats: What Can Recent Research Tell Us?
Kim Stoner, Department of Entomology, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Starting this past summer, scientists from the CAES began looking into the relationship between native bees and native plants in the Arboretum. They began sampling native spring flying bees in mid-April and as the season progressed, relocated traps to follow the flowers. Kim will present their findings.

Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard and Beyond
Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of “Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten”
Russ will talk about his experiences growing native edible plants. He has identified over 170 plants and will present examples of their propagation, growing out and establishment in the landscape.

An Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
Priscila Espinosa, Founder of SproutChange
Learn about a permaculture approach for your garden with no digging and no-tilling to conserve water, grow more in less space, create your own healthy soil, and grow your own, organic foods.

SPROUT Garden Tour
Eric Vukicevich, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Connecticut College Following the presentations, join us for a tour of Connecticut College’s newly expanded SPROUT Garden.


Past SALT Seminars:

2018 - Grow Native: Gardening for the Environment

2017 - A Down to Earth Look at Soils

2016 - Deconstructing the American Landscape

2015 - Kill Your Lawn

2013 - The Joy of Creating a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden Homeowners often think in terms of planting an ornamental garden and a vegetable garden as two separate endeavors. It is possible, however, to have a garden that is both beautiful and bountiful.

2012 - Gardening in a Changing Environment Experts shared what they are doing now to maintain the sustainability of their land and what they have done when disaster has struck. ?

2011 - The ABCs of Creating Your Own "Garden of Eden" provided an opportunity for homeowners to learn tips from topnotch speakers in the field of naturalistic landscaping.

2010 - Designing Your Home Grounds for Beauty and Sustainability A seminar on naturalistic landscaping.

2009 - Going Native in New England with featured speaker Douglas W. Tallamy was most informative on the subject of using native plants to promote backyard biodiversity.

2008 - SALT meets Wild Ones This article by Kathy T. Dame appeared in the "Wild Ones" Journal, September/October 2008.