StonecropStonecrop Gardens invites the community to a lecture, “Why we need public gardens and parks more than ever,” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at Stonecrop Gardens.

Dr. Donald Rakow of Cornell University will discuss the many ways in which public green spaces address human needs for quiet reflection and stimulation, education and meditation, reconnection with nature and exposure to human creativity, solitude and socialization. Learn about various efforts in which communities are developing or enhancing public gardens and parks, and the many ways in which they are touching and improving the lives of individuals and groups.

The event will be held in the library at Stonecrop Gardens, 81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring. Admission is free but space is limited. RSVP to reserve a spot by calling 845-265-2000. Visit

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