Visit Colorblends Spring Garden in Bridgeport! Spring explodes in flowers as 40,000 snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, tulips, alliums and other bulbs bloom in sequence at the Colorblends House & Spring Garden at 893 Clinton Avenue in Bridgeport. The public is welcome to visit the garden from early-April through mid-May. Street parking is plentiful. To learn what’s blooming, visitors can follow garden updates on facebook.com/colorblendshouseandspringgarden. All bulb flowers and blends in the garden are labeled. Design ideas abound. During the six-week bloom season, visitors are also welcome to tour Colorblends House where a pop-up art gallery showcases the work of invited local artists and artisans. There is no admission fee to enjoy the garden. A donation of $3 ($10 for four or more) is requested to visit the house and art gallery. Visit gardennewsbreak.com for details.
Thurs., May 4, noon – West Hartford Garden Club presents Sarah Bailey, Master Gardener Coordinator at the University of Connecticut. Sarah will discuss how to create a balanced ecosystem in your backyard or at your business to reduce your ecological footprint and enrich our planet. Meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Fee: Guest donation: $10 for light lunch and speaker. Reservations required. Call (860) 561-0724 or visit www.westhartfordgardenclub.org for more info.
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Connecticut Orchid Society holds its Orchid Auction. Admission is FREE! Plant preview from 10 a.m. to noon. You’ll find Specimen and Fred Clarke plants. Location: Waverly Inn, 286 Maple Ave., Chesire.
Wednesday, May 10, noon to 2 p.m. – Lynden B. Miller will be the final lecturer in the Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s Garden Lecture Series. She will present an inspirational lecture based on her 39 years of experience designing urban green space in New York City. Her book, ‘Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape,’ will be available for $38. Luncheon, lecture and book signing take place at the Hartford Golf Club; tickets are $45, and copies of Miller’s book, will be available for $38. Tickets are available through the Elizabeth Park website, elizabethparkct.org.
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine! – Connecticut Daylily Society holds its Annual Plant Sale. Browse daylilies — large, miniature, single, double, eyed, spidery, ruffled, classic, and cutting-edge cultivars in every color imaginable— freshly dug from member gardens. Additionally, various member-grown perennials will be available for purchase. Bonus daylilies are given with every purchase—the more you buy the more free plants you receive! Location: Avon Senior Center, located at the Sycamore Hills Recreation Center, 635 West Avon Road (Rt. 167), Avon. For more information, visit simsburygardenclub.org.
Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The Gardeners of Simsbury holds its Annual Sale of perennials dug from members’ gardens, as well as a selection of hanging baskets and annuals. All are suitable for Mother’s Day gifts for someone you love, including yourself. Satisfy your Spring Fever and buy something to enhance your patio, or to plant in your garden. Location: Boy Scout Hall, Simsbury. Follow us on Facebook: Gardeners of Simsbury.
Rescheduled to: Saturday, May 20 (due to weather) 9:30 am to 2:30 pm – It’s a “P(lant)demonium” of a Sale at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford. You’ll find a fabulous sale of native perennials, shrubs and trees. Aromatic and culinary herbs. Veggies propagated and grown organically. Combo baskets for specialties like salsa, ratatouille or even potpourri! Mother’s Day gifts available along with “boutique” of flower- and garden-themed items, new, antique or gently used. Hundreds of plants and Master Gardeners serving as salespeople to assist you in making the best choice for your particular needs. For more info, visit www.bartlettarboretum.org.
Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Simsbury Garden Club holds its Annual Plant Sale at Simsbury Farms Rink, 100 Old Farms Road, West Simsbury. The annual fund-raiser features choice annuals, members’ perennials and a tag sale of select yard and garden items. All proceeds go to support scholarships given to Simsbury High School and UConn students. For more information, please visit simsburygardenclub.org.
Saturday, May 20, 10 to 11 a.m. – Perennial & Shade Garden Tour, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, meet at The Cottage, free.
Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Connecticut Iris Society 76th Annual Exhibition, Pond House at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, free.
Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Connecticut Rhododendron Show, Pond House at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, free.
Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m. – Hardy Plant Society presents Ruth Bennett – The Iris Lady – who will discuss Growing Irises in Connecticut & New England. She will share her knowledge of Connecticut irises with a focus on those bred by hybridizers here in New England. Ruth is Treasurer for the Connecticut Iris Society and a Master Judge for the American Iris Society. Meet at the Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Ave, Wethersfield. Fee: Free to members. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members. Visit cthardyplantsociety.org for more info.
Thursday, May 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Herb Society of America, Connecticut Unit. Five Experts Present Easy Steps to Herbal Success, Pond House at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford. Registration and $50 fee required; www.ctuhsa.org.