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Griffin to offer free talk on gardening

March 7, 2018

DERBY — Though the grip of winter weather hasn’t yet loosened, spring is, technically, just around the corner, as is planting season. In light of that, the Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital will host a free talk about getting active through gardening on Tues., March 20 at 6 p.m. at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.

Experienced horticulturalist Francine Vallillo will present “Constant Color in the Garden,” providing tips for planning and planting a perennial flower garden that will bloom from spring to fall. The talk will include a list of perennials with the color, time of bloom, growth habits, unique foliage, and uses for each species, design elements for short to tall flowers and balancing the space, and a complete list of the plants suitable to take with you when purchasing plants.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gardening is a moderate-intensity level activity, which the CDC recommends two and a half hours of each week to help prevent chronic health conditions.

This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort to help improve the health of the community. To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.

The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital is a traditional library that provides an array of medical and health information, including a large collection of easy to read health and lifestyle related materials. The center is open to the public to educate themselves on ways to enhance their well-being, prevent illness and play an active role in decisions about their health.