Gardening in the Climate Change Era - June 19


 “Gardening in the Climate Change Era”

On June 19, 2019 from 6 pm-9 pm the Burlington Board of Health would like to invite interested members of the public to attend a free class on gardening.  Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, beautify the community, and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables.  According to Melissa Roti, professor and director of the exercise-science program at Westfield State University in Massachusetts, gardening is good for physical health and even goes beyond the benefits of physical health. "Gardening has all-around physical benefits in terms of cardiovascular, muscle, and bone health,” says Melissa Roti.  In addition “Working and being in green spaces provides cognitive rest that can help reduce feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety," says Roti.

Peter Coppola, Master Gardener and Burlington resident, will be conducting “Gardening in the Climate Change Era” on June 19 from 6pm – 9pm at the Murray-Kelly Room located on the first floor of the Human Services Building, 61 Center Street, Burlington.  Master Gardeners are required to complete a Master Gardener program that provides intensive horticultural training to individuals who then volunteer as Master Gardeners in their communities by giving lectures, creating gardens, conducting research, and many other projects. Mr. Coppola received his Master Gardener designation through the MA Horticultural Society in Wellesley.  He shares his knowledge through the production of gardening articles and related videos for Gate House Media and local cable access television and through lectures and classes. In this class, Mr. Coppola will cover all aspects of how to grow a beautiful and bountiful garden, including nutritional needs, the best environment for certain plants, proper soil, correct watering, fertilizer, composting, pruning, lawn care, and pests. 

To sign up for this free opportunity, please call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955 or email boh@burlington.org.