Italian Cultural Society speaker

The Bedford Italian Cultural Society has announced that the Oct. 15 speaker is local WMUR TV "Grow it Green" personality Margaret Hagen, who will be educating the group on tucking plants in for the winter.

The presentation "Putting the Garden to Bed" will discuss how fall is the best time of the year to garden, at least for people. Putting the garden to bed covers all the garden tasks you can complete from September until snowfall to prepare your garden for next spring (and avoid the black flies).

You’ll learn what needs to be done to winterize your lawn, perennials, trees and shrubs; how to prepare the vegetable garden for winter, the ins and outs of composting and mulching, and the joys of spring bulbs and how to amend your soil for great plant growth.

Hagen has worked for Cooperative Extension since 1986 in Hillsborough County assisting the local green industry and providing programs for commercial growers as part of a state team. During this time she developed the Education Center, designed to meet the needs of the general public by providing education and information over the breadth of Extension’s programs.

In addition, Hagen oversees the Master Gardener Program in Hillsborough County and tapes a weekly tv spot, "Grow It Green" for WMUR TV. She is also co-author of two books, "The Best Plants for New Hampshire Gardens" and "Landscapes and Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: an Ecological Approach."

Hagen has a Master’s of Science in horticulture from Colorado State University.

The meeting will be held at the Bedford Library on Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. (come early, social time at 6 p.m.) Donations to defray the cost of the program are greatly appreciated or consider becoming a member for $20 per year.

Bedford residency and Italian heritage are not required.