Hollister House Garden, Washington, Conn., announces a series of visual arts workshops for this coming summer. Following last year’s sold-out workshops, the program has been expanded with two new workshops and special open hours for artists who would like to paint or draw in the garden.
The first two workshops of the series, led by renowned botanical artist Carol Ann Morley, are ‘A Garden Sketchbook: Using Graphite Pencil’, June 11-12, and ‘A Garden Sketchbook: The Colors of June’, June 13-14. A two day painting workshop, “Introduction to Botanical Watercolor”, July 19-20th, will be led by Betsy Rogers-Knox, a noted botanical painter new to Hollister House Garden. As the garden reaches its full summer glory, Rich Pomerantz, back by popular demand, will teach his photography workshop “The Camera as a Garden Tool” on August 10-11. Detailed information including dates, times and reservation options for each workshop can be found on the website at www.hollistergarden.org/events.
New this year, Hollister House Garden will host “Plein Air Painting in the Garden” on three consecutive Wednesdays in July from 9am-12pm. Artists, both amateur and professional, are invited to set up their easels and paint in the garden on July 11, 18, and/or July 25th. Reservations required: call the office at 860-868-2200.
Hollister House Garden, a non-profit corporation, is one of only 16 exceptional gardens currently designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to identify and preserve important private gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public. Hollister House in 2010 achieved its prestigious listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the property was also named a Town Landmark Site by the Town of Washington.
Hollister House Garden is open to visitors April 27th through October 6th. Friday hours are 1-4 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm. Private group visits are welcome weekdays by appointment only. Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are available on the website – www.hollistergarden.org. Contact: Pamela Moffett, 860-868-2200 email@example.com
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A big THANK YOU to the local clubs that support the Connecticut Horticultural Society. Visit their sites for more gardening events:
- New Britain Garden Club
- Farmington Garden Club
- Gardeners of Simsbury
- Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut
- Suffield Garden Club
- Cherry Brook Garden Club
- Garden Club of Madison
Thurs., June 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m. – Farm Pollinator Dinner & Soirée at Sugar & Olives, Norwalk, a fundraising dinner to support CT NOFA’s Organic Farming and Organic Gardening Programs. Feast and celebrate bees, butterflies, and all the local organic farmers who provide pollinators good habitat and in by doing so, gives us all a bit of hope for the future. Dinner will be followed by a “Pollinator Party” with dancing into the late evening. For reservations, email us at: email@example.com. To reserve tickets by phone, call 7 days a week: (203) 613-8813.
Fri., June 8, 6:30 to 9 p.m. – Elizabeth Park Conservancy Wine & Roses 11th Annual Signature Fundraiser, Wine & Roses, is a great opportunity to support Elizabeth Park Conservancy and benefit the gardens of Elizabeth Park.
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Sat., June 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine – enjoy seven amazing West Hartford Garden Club member gardens during the JUNE BLOOMS Garden Tour. Tickets available May 1 and can be purchased in advance for $20 at Moscarillo’s Garden Shop and at Butler Florist & Garden Center. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the Noah Webster House for $25. For details, visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun., June 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine – celebrate the 114-year old Rose Garden in Elizabeth Park on Rose Sunday hosted by the Elizabeth Park Conservancy. This Community Day at the park is FREE to the public. For more information about the Conservancy and Elizabeth Park, visit www.elizabethparkct.org.
Weds. to Sat., July 11 to 14 – the American Horticultural Society (AHS) will hold its National Children and Youth Garden Symposium in Ithaca, New York. There is a discounted rate for AHS members so if anyone wants to attend, this is a great opportunity to join now for some further savings. This event is for formal and informal educators and designers who work with kids in the garden. Find more information at: www.ahsgardening.org/ncygs.
Thurs., July 26, day trip leaving at 8:15 a.m. – join The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut and members of The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on a day trip to Newport and Middletown Rhode Island. Chartered bus will depart Wethersfield at 8:15 and stop in Old Lyme to pick up participants living in that area. Destinations include The Blue Garden and the Whitehall Museum House. Contact Tita Hyland, email@example.com, (860) 716-4169 or Cindy Greenblatt, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 416-2918 or visit webb-deane-stevens.org
Weds., August 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine – The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station hosts Plant Science Day 2018 at their Lockwood Farms location, 890 Evergreen Ave, Hamden. A family day that is FREE and open to the public. No pets, please, service animals only. For more information visit: http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2813&q=376664