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Summer 2019: The first town in Conn. to be designated by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as a Community Wildlife Habitat was Colchester. See how Colchester Garden Club and Colchester Land Trust partnered to achieve the NWF designation and how they maintain their status to this day. Writer and CT Hort member, Jody Morgan, shows us how trees may have played a diplomatic role at the start of our country. Doug Tallamy’s June talk had the audience on their feet. A copy of his handout is included in this issue. Sarah Bailey, CT Hort member and State Coordinator for the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program, discusses the science behind those DIY weed killer recipes that are making the rounds… are they really NATURAL?! Catch Tom Christopher on his new radio show on WESU-FM at 88.1. His show airs on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Listen to a past show by visiting www.wesufm.org and choosing Archives.
June 2019: June is Pollinator month with National Pollinator Week falling on June 17-23. CT Hort member and writer Jody Morgan explains some of the strategies plants have developed to lure pollinators to them! Doug Tallamy will be our June speaker! It’s also the evening of the end-of-season, Ice Cream Social. View the upcoming Officers and Board of Directors for the 2019-20 season. See what this year’s holiday trip includes!
May 2019: CT Hort Director of Communications, Barbara Skomorowski, offers several resources to search for eco-beneficial plant species for Conn. New England Wild Flower Society is renamed to Native Plant Trust and receives special certification. See who celebrated their anniversary. Spring in Bloom concert takes place May 5. Travel to Ithaca this summer. See how we made out at the Spring Plant Sale & Auction.
April 2019: The April Speaker, Kim Eierman, writes about the incredible biodiversity you’ll find in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. She also suggests some items to consider before shopping for plants this spring. Member anniversaries will be celebrated in April. See how CT Hort and the New Britain Museum of American Art crossed paths. It’s the Spring Marketplace issue – please support the businesses that give so generously to CT Hort. Tickets to the New Britain Symphony Orchestra Spring in Bloom concert are available to members at a reduced rate. See you at the Spring Plant Sale & Auction. Welcome new members. Consider the one-of-a-kind trip to Ithaca. Attend the Go a Little Batty! workshop on the 9th.
March 2019: CT Hort celebrates its 60th year of awarding scholarships to plant science students at UConn. Review the timeline of this extraordinary commitment to plant science secondary education. Looking for enthusiastic plant buyers to attend the 4/26 CT Hort Plant Sale & Auction. Mehlquist Award nominees requested. “Go a Little Batty!” workshop announced. Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery receives the CT Hort Best-in-Show Award at the CT Flower and Garden Show.
February 2019: Member Jody Morgan and American Violet Society member Elizabeth Scott discuss violets and butterflies. Service Award nominees requested. Get full details on the Ithaca trip. Flower Show specifics on the last page.
January 2019: See what’s trending in the world of gardening based on the annual survey and report from Garden Media Group. Member Karen Bussolini launches a new Eco-Friendly e-newletter. Educational events at Ballek’s and February Floral Design in Bristol. David C. H. Austin Snr OBE VMH; rosarian and founder of David Austin Roses Ltd. dies peacefully at his
home at the age of 92. New trip to Ithaca NY is in the works! Flower Show updates.
Winter 2018: CT Hort members review 10 gardening books to give a gardener you love or choose for yourself. This season’s scholarship recipients are noted. Broadway Show trip sells out. Enjoy a December day in Boston or sign up for the Phila. Flower Show! Even though many tax changes became effective in 2018, there is still a way to receive a tax credit for your charitable donations.
October 2018: Member Sarah Bailey explains the science behind Phenology – using reoccurring horticultural events to help determine when certain pests or problems are likely to appear. Tovah Martin will present Boot Camp for Your Senses in the Fall & Winter Garden at this month’s Speaker Meeting. Garden Show activities begin with the Fall Bulb Fundraiser taking place at the October meeting. Welcome new members! Marketplace ads. Master Gardener program turn 40 this year. Trips include a Broadway Show, a day in Boston and the Philadelphia Flower Show.
September 2018: Welcome a new season at CT Hort! Learn about renowned German plantsman, Ernst Pagels as seen through the eyes of Robert Herman, the 2018 Mehlquist Award winner. Membership renewal begins for the 2018-19 season. New CT Hort President, Brett Isaacson, sends his greetings. Mehlquist winner, Robert Herman, will also be our speaker and will discuss Hardy Geraniums. Member Rose Riley contributes to her community. CT Hort heads to Broadway! Flower Show preparations begin.