Guys on Grass Class
Saturday, April 5, 2014
As a die-hard gardener, Mike’s philosophy about lawns can be summed up in this phrase: “When in doubt, rip it out.” Yet, as a radio show host, he knows that people love their lawns, so his compromise is to preach the gospel of organic lawn care. He notes that 68% of consumers say that their concern for the environment is a consideration when buying lawn and garden products. Yet these same people are the ones who are afraid of what their neighbors will think if they don’t have a lawn that looks like a golf course fairway. In this talk, Mike looks at why the concept of the “perfect lawn” is so harmful, starting with that lock-step mentality and moving on to the use of synthetic fertilizers and pervasive pesticides. He explains how some simple cultural practices can be just as effective as expensive chemicals to keep your lawn green and healthy. He shows you why what’s in your soil is at least as important as what’s above it. And he dares to ask the question, “Why are weeds so bad?” (Hint: they’re not.) Registration required.
Non-Members: Free with Admission
Mike Nowak is host of the “The Mike Nowak Show,” Sundays from 9 to 11am on Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT 820AM and 92.5, 92.7 and 99.9 FM. For a decade before coming to WCPT, he was the host of WGN Radio’s “Let’s Talk Gardening.”
In 2012 and 2013, he and Jennifer Brennan from Chalet Nursery in Wilmette hosted 18 TV gardening and cooking programs called “Dig In Chicago, which aired on WCIU’s “U Too” channel and on Comcast Network. He has also appeared on WGN-TV Channel 9, CBS 2 Chicago and the DIY Network. Mike is a writer and award-winning columnist for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. In January of 2014, eCycle Best.com named him one of the “Top 5 Male Green Talk Show Hosts on Radio.” The April, 2011 issue of the late, great Garden Design Magazine listed Mike’s show as one of five radio programs “we’re listening to.”
Mike is a writer and award-winning columnist for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine, as well as an Illinois Master Gardener and Openlands TreeKeeper. In 2002, he co-founded the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance and served as MELA’s president for four years. He is currently president of the not-for-profit Chicago Recycling Coalition
Mike Nowak’s presentation is hosted by the John and Pauline Cook Horticultural Lecture Series