Which bugs are beneficial for gardens

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Laural Hardin will talk about beneficial insects for your greenhouse or garden. The talk is 6:30 p.m., June 27 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Cost is $6 per person, or just $5 for PEEC members, and no advance registration is required.
Predacious beneficial insects are becoming the preferred method for treating problem insects in professional greenhouse production and in the backyard garden. Many people are unwittingly destroying beneficial insect populations with poor gardening practices. This workshop will cover the types of beneficial insects and how they can be encouraged thrive, or be safely introduced into your environment.
Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist. She specializes in diagnosing and solving tree and garden problems. With an interest in helping people understand the natural balance in the landscape, Hardin teaches how to avoid most issues by learning to see the root cause.
Also at PEEC, artist and illustrator Lisa Coddington teaches botanical illustration. The all-day class is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 28. Cost $50 or $40 for PEEC members and advance registration is required.
The art session will introduce step-by-step drawing and watercolor. Specimens and prints will be provided for various skill levels. You will learn the glazing technique that master botanical artists used to create their detailed plant illustrations.
Coddington will also provide an overview of botanical art history and excellent examples of past and present master botanical artists. 
Demonstrations will include: subject selection, lighting, drawing, composition, color mixing and painting technique. 
Coddington earned her master of art at Syracuse in illustration. She has illustrated a children’s book and has received commissions by regional and national firms for her artwork and her art instruction.
To register visit PajaritoEEC.org, or call 662-0460.