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UVM Extension Community Horticulture Film & Speaker Series via ZOOM-Winter 2021

To learn more and register for this event click here

Event Schedule:

Friday, Feb. 26 - Kiss the Ground

Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the Kiss the Ground artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle. Free link available for an unlimited time.

Friday, March 5 - Fantastic Fungi (w/Ann Hazelrigg Discussion)

Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets and best-selling author Michael Pollan, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. Free link available for 72 hours.

Friday, March 12 - The Biggest Little Farm

Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Free link not available.

Friday, March 19 - The Pollinators

Director Peter Nelson talks to farmers, scientists, chefs, and academics to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it. Free link available for an unlimited time.

Friday, March 26 - Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

This film immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Free link available for 14 days.

Friday, April 2 - The Nature of Oaks (Talk by Doug Tallamy)

Oaks are superior landscape trees throughout most of the U.S. because of their many ecological and aesthetic attributes. Using activity on the oaks in his yard, Tallamy will compares oak species to other popular shade trees in terms of their ability to support animal diversity, protect watersheds, and sequester carbon dioxide. Free link to recording available for an unlimited time.

Friday, April 9 - Biodiversity at Great Dixter

Fergus Garret, Head Gardener, gives the background to the biodiversity audit at Great Dixter, explains the process followed and explores the reasons for such high diversity, especially in an intensively managed flower garden. Free link not available.

Friday, April 16 - Biomimicry Strategies to Improve Soil Function (Talk by Ray Ashuletta)

Drawing on his 30 + years of experience teaching soil health to diverse audiences, Archuleta presents the essentials of what “living soil” means for gardeners and farmers. Free link to recording available for an unlimited time.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the University of Vermont Community Horticulture program.

Creating Pollinator Friendly Landscapes in Vermont-Self-Paced Online Course!

Instructors: Cheryl Frank-Sullivan, (Entomology) Sarah Kingsley-Richards, (Integrated pest management) and Jane Sorensen (Pollinator habitat and plants).

Learn to use Integrated Pest Management strategies to attract pollinators and reduce pesticide use in your garden! This is a self-paced course for small landowners and home gardeners in Vermont.

By taking this course, students will learn:

  • Integrated Pest Management as a strategy for pollinator protection.
  • Positive changes to enhance and protect pollinators. Such as providing bee habitat, avoidance of pesticides, or choice of bee-friendly plants and pesticides on land or garden.

Here's how it works:

3 modules

  1. Pollination and how to support pollinators
  2. Habitat Enhancement
  3. Managing Pests while Protecting Pollinators

For each module you will:


  • The module outline
  • Assigned readings 


  • The pre-recorded lecture (s)

Once you are finished with the above:


  • The final course survey. This will unlock your certificate of completion


  • Your certificate of completion


For more information or to enroll please contact:

The fee for this course is $30.


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Lunch Time Pest & Disease Updates with Anne Hazelrigg-Summer 2020

Ann is a Associate Professor at UVM who oversees the Master Gardener program, the UVM Pesticide Education and Safety Program, and is director of the UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic, a statewide resource for commercial growers.


June, 2020

July, 2020

August, 2020