The DC Urban Gardeners were pleased as punch to find out that Paul Tukey himself will be our speaker –
free to the public – at DC’s Historical Society this September. (Here are the details for you locals.) He’s the founder and main man at SafeLawns.org, a nonprofit that I frequently plug, as you may have noticed. Here’s the promo for the talk:
Paul Tukey is on a mission – to reduce pesticide usage across the country,
one lawn and garden at a time. Popular host of his own HGTV program, Paul is
also the publisher of People, Places &
Plants magazine, the author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual and the
founder of the not-for-profit organization, SafeLawns.org.
Tukey, “Americans are
spreading millions of tons of toxic materials on their lawns, all in the name of
having a beautiful lawn. Our mission is to show people that you can have that
nice lawn without the toxic and wasteful side effects.” Tukey himself is a
former professional landscaper who switched from synthetic to organic methods
after becoming ill. Paul continues, “A report by the National Academy of
Sciences shows that the health of 1 in 7 people is negatively impacted in some
form by lawn pesticides. We want to do something about that.”
Invited to speak at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. by the DC Urban Gardeners, Paul will
present alternative solutions to chemically dependent lawns.
He’s accepted a greatly reduced fee and is coming here from Maine on his own dime because: it’s DC, it’s a great venue, and we promised them we’d pack the house. Or we’ll die trying, basically.
So here’s a question for Rant readers. This is clearly information that average homeowners and even yardeners want and need, but will they recognize that it is from that description? When we promote the talk to neighborhood associations, how can we appeal to people who don’t normally attend talks with environmental messages?
I’m hoping that if we DO manage to pack the house, Paul will forget I ever referred to him as The Blond One. Not to mention "TV-cute."