By the Bay

Thursday is a big green day for Sage gardens

June 17, 2013 

If you’ve never visited Sage Eco-Gardens and Nursery in Los Osos, mark your calendar for Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sage General Manager Todd Davidson and his eco-team are hosts for the annual Solstice Green Directory’s Summer Green Mixer and Mini-Eco Expo.

Solstice’s marketing and community relations manager, Madeline Palaszewski, said, “Currently 33 of our directory’s members will be at Sage to share their ideas and products. The magazine lists information and resources for sustainable environmental solutions. We have quarterly mixers and once a year the miniexpo. It is open to the public. We always request a $5 donation to a nonprofit. The Expo donations will go to the San Luis Obispo Land Conservancy.”

Eco expo participants include the Jimmy Towel, an alternative to paper towels developed here on the Central Coast; Sweet Alexis Bakery of Los Osos, which offers vegan and 100 percent nut-free bakery products; and Mia Simmons who will demonstrate meridian tapping to reduce stress.

It’s worth the donation to discover what some of these companies actually do: aroma therapy, oxygen therapy, acupuncture and much more.

Margaret Hennessy founded and published the directory in 2008. She wasn’t looking for another career when she moved to the Central Coast from Florida, where she owned an advertising agency, by way of Colorado, where she owned and sold a newspaper.

“An acquaintance said the Central Coast needed a directory for all the green startup companies,” Hennessy said. “So we started it together, but then she sat me down one day to say it was too much work and we should create a women’s group. The directory was work I preferred, so I continued on and she went to Santa Barbara. Then Madeline found me. I couldn’t do it without her.”

Many will recall working with Palaszewski at KSBY-TV where she did marketing and community relations.

“Once my children were grown, I decided to take some time for myself and discovered Solstice. I always tried to be environmentally sensitive, but I wasn’t a total advocate. I’m learning so much. Individually there is much we can do to help preserve our planet.”

Davidson, with a bachelor of science degree in environmental horticulture from Cal Poly and some graduate studies at Virginia Tech, is doing his part hosting such events and inviting the public into Sage’s expansive demonstration garden.

“Our local natural landscapes are full of wisdom and suggestions of how to garden here successfully if we merely observe carefully.”

Judy Salamacha’s column is special to The Tribune. Reach her at or 801-1422.

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