You Bring the Popcorn, I'll Bring the Native Plants

Dust off your ruby slippers and click your heels. When it comes to restoring nature, there's no place like home. That’s the message of a new documentary "Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home." 

It features seven nature-renewal initiatives where people landscape with nature—rather than in spite of it.

The film opens with a short introduction to ecosystem concepts by Douglas Tallamy, author of the popular, award-winning book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants (Timber Press, 2009). Tallamy also introduces each of the seven projects.

The documentary is the inspiration of Maryland-based Catherine Zimmerman, a filmmaker and landscape designer who hopes to one day see natural landscapes become the norm. Learn more about Zimmerman's work at The Meadow Project.

Connecticut College Arboretum is co-sponsoring four screenings in three locations this winter and spring, all free of charge:

Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Mystic and Noank Library at 40 Library Street in Mystic. 

Wednesday, March 1, 6 to 8 p.m., at New London Public Library, 63 Huntington Street.

Thursday, April 27, there will be two screenings at Colchester Library, 8 Linwood Avenue, from 1 to 3 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. 

See the complete review here at Zip06/The Day. (Note: The Day article states the wrong dates for Colchester. The screening is April 27.)

Download the print version of the review at the link below.