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|Earth Day Every Day: How to Bring Nature Back to the Neighborhood|
Thursday, April 22,, 2020 at 7pm – 8pm
Rob Fleming and Christopher Sohnly will speak about sustainable practices for the home gardener. Rob is an experienced landscape architect and teacher with special expertise in the design, care, and restoration of historic and natural landscapes. Christopher, co-founder of local landscape firm Spruce Hollow Designs LLC, will describe environmentally diverse design, planting, restoration, and maintenance practices to add value and diversity to your yard and garden. Register at: http://chconservancy.org/first-saturdays
Thursday, Feb. 18,, 2020 at 7pm – 8pm
Micah Gold-Markel, founder of Philadelphia-based Solar States, a solar installer and educator, will discuss residential solar electric systems as a way to invest in clean energy and the local community. His frequent collaborator Chris Kurtz of Kurtz Roofing will join the conversation to answer questions about installations on historic houses.
|Ask the Experts: Landscape Tools to Protect Our Watershed|
Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 6pm – 7pm
How can you help to keep stormwater runoff from polluting our streams? Individual improvements like rain barrels, downspout planters, permeable paving, and rain gardens can all contribute. For inspiration, attend our virtual Zoom presentation of the Philadelphia Water Department's impressive rain garden installation on Norwood Avenue, presented by a
Philadelphia Water Department landscape architect and an adjacent homeowner.
Energy-Efficient Residential Lighting
|Long Live the Raised Bed|
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6pm – 7pm
The Victory Garden is back, but with a new face. People are turning to the everyday miracle of food gardening for a steady source of clean nutrient-rich food, a sense of empowerment, and a rewarding backyard vocation. Join the founder of Chestnut Hill’s own “Backyard Eats” – a full service food gardening company – to learn how to create an aesthetically pleasing veggie or cut flower garden.
The presentation will include guidance for determining the right location and design for your garden; features and strategies for high yields in small spaces; a pre-recorded video tour of a garden highlighting some of those same features and strategies, and a Q&A with Chris Mattingly, Founder, Backyard Eats
|Home Energy Retrofit in a Changing Climate|
Saturday, February 8, 2020 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Join Scott Kelly, co-founder of Re:Vision, a local architecture and sustainability consulting studio, to learn how to plan for a home energy retrofit in a changing climate.
|Safe Electric for your Historic Home|
Saturday, November 2, 2019 1:30pm
John McGettigan, a local electrician whose family has worked in the Chestnut Hill area since 1949, gave a talk on the practical aspects of maintaining and repairing electrical issues in your historic home, with a special focus on “BX” wiring, which was first installed in 1930. While the dangers of “knob and tube” wiring are well known to most, the problems with “BX” wiring are rarely discussed.
|Protecting and Preserving Historic Homes|
Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:30pm
Is your property at risk? What do you need to consider when insuring your historic property? Experts from USI and PURE Insurance were on hand to offer guidance and answer questions about how to better protect your historic home. Topics included common challenges in historic neighborhoods like knob and tube insurability, understanding replacement costs, claims stories that resonate, and what type of protection you need.
|Home Air Conditioning|
Saturday, April 6, 2019 1:30pm
Debbie Lutz, General Manager at GEN3 Electric & HVAC, will be on hand to provide educational information, answer questions and give options for adding energy efficient ductless minisplit and traditional ducted solutions to cool historical homes. Minisplits allow homeowners to add personalized comfort to their homes with the ability to control temperatures room by room. Not a fan of the wall mounted ductless units? They have you covered too with multiple interior unit options including floor units, ceiling cassettes and ducted units capable of cooling several spaces. Feel free to stop by and ask any questions you may have! GEN3 will give each attendee a voucher for $50 off their first HVAC service.
Saturday, March 2, 1:30pm
Learn about using plant associations like meadows, woodland gardens, rock gardens, and rain gardens when gardening with natives at home from Andrew Kirkpatrick of the Schuylkill Center. Discussion will include planting species that have similar cultural requirements like light, moisture, and soil type.
Andrew Kirkpatrick is the Manager of Land Stewardship at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, a 340 acre nature preserve in Roxborough, Philadelphia. He cares for the health of the landscape and also runs the native plant nursery and greenhouse.