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March 30 through May 13, 2018: enjoy an evolving display of 40,000 crocuses, daffodils, tulips and other spring blooms at Colorblends House and Spring Garden, 893 Clinton Avenue in Bridgeport. A collaboration between Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs and famed Dutch designer Jacqueline van der Kloet, the garden is adjacent to Colorblends’ restored 1903 Colonial Revival mansion in Bridgeport’s Stratfield Historic District just off King’s Highway East (North Avenue/Route 1). Street parking is plentiful.
For updates on what’s in bloom, visit: http://facebook.com/
Garden: free and open to the public daily in spring, dawn to dusk. House: open daily in spring, 10 am to 4 pm, with a pop-up gallery showcasing work of local artists and artisans: Suggested donation $3 per person, $25 for groups of 10 and up.
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
Sat., April 21, 9:30-11 a.m. – Barn Talks Workshop at Hollister House Garden – “The Living Lawn: Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care” – This presentation presents many compelling reasons why you should consider a natural approach to lawn care. The presenter, Chip Osborne, is a professional horticulturalist with over forty-five years in the green industry. He is the founder of Osborne Organics, a company providing natural turf consulting services. Chip will offer a detailed and systematic approach to natural lawn care, including basic soil biology and testing, proper use of organic products and sound cultural practices. These steps will be outlined and explained in a common sense way. This talk is suitable for the homeowner as well as for landscape professionals. Location: Hollister House Garden, Washington. HHG Members $30|Non-Members $35. Visit www.hollisterhousegarden.org/events for more information.
Sat., April 28, 9:30-11 a.m. – Barn Talks Workshop at Hollister House Garden – “Creating a Landscape for Your Table” – Learn how to create a landscape for your table that goes far beyond the usual cut flower arrangement. Well-know designer and artist Chris Zaima will demonstrate the art of using miniature potted plants and succulents to make unique, sophisticated centerpieces. Following his talk and demonstration Chris will work with participants to create table landscapes to take home. Please bring your own container, suitable for a table centerpiece. All other materials will be provided. Location: Hollister House Garden, Washington. HHG Members $75 | Non-Members. $85.
Visit www.hollisterhousegarden.org/events for more information.
Weds., May 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Third and final keynote speaker in the Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s Garden Lecture Series is internationally renowned interior designer Charlotte Moss. Her newly published book, Charlotte Moss Entertains, embraces gracious hospitality. Come hear how Moss celebrates the day-to-day by bringing her enthusiasm, impeccable style, and Southern roots to every domestic activity. Tickets are available at elizabethparkct.org.
Sat., May 5, 9:30- 11 a.m. – ‘Barn Talks’ at Hollister House Garden – How to Create a Small & Productive Cutting Garden – Cutting gardens are lovely to view, provide fresh-cut flowers and keep your perennial borders from being raided for indoor display. Learn how to grow a small, highly productive cutting garden as an addition to the vegetable patch or as a stand-alone garden. Location: Hollister House Garden, Washington. Visit www.hollisterhousegarden.org/events for more information.
Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Suffield Garden Club 41st Annual May Market – Free admission to this annual community event which is held rain or shine. You’ll find specialty plants, geraniums, flowers grown by FFA students who attend the Regional Agriscience Program at Suffield High School, plants donated by Garden Club members, food, raffle, crafts, AND MORE! Location: Phelps-Hatheway House, 55 Main St., Suffield.
Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Spring Plant Fair at Hollister House Garden. Favorite “plants people” will set up shop in the barn. They include: Broken Arrow Nursery, Battle Hills Forge, Galls Village Flower Farm, McCue Gardens and Something to Crow About Dahlias. Fair opens at 9 a.m. for HHG members; 10 a.m. to the general public. Location: Hollister House Garden, Washington. Visit www.hollisterhousegarden.org/events for more information.
Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The Gardeners of Simsbury Annual Plant Sale. Plants dug from member gardens, hanging baskets and annuals are all available for Mother’s Day gifting or for your garden. Location: Boy Scout Hall, 695 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. Follow them on Facebook.
Mon., May 14, 11:30 a.m. – Farmington Garden Club will host Sarah Bailey, UConn Extension State and Hartford County Master Garden Coordinator, at the Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High St. Farmington. Her talk entitled “The Good, the Bad and the Natural IPM for the Home Garden” manages plant health in an environmentally friendly and economic manner. She shows us how to adapt this practice to our own gardens, to learn to see cues in the landscape, and prevent problems instead of reacting to them. Light refreshments. Free.
Sat., May 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Connecticut Daylily Society Annual Daylily and Perennial Sale. Rain or shine, there is sure to be a huge assortment of flowers for sale. Bonus daylilies given with every purchase – the more you buy, the more bonus plants you get! Location: Avon Senior Center located at the Sycamore Hills Recreation Center, 635 West Avon Rd (Rt 167). For more info, visit www.ctdaylilyclub.com .
Sat., May 26, 9:30 to 11 a.m. – ‘Barn Talks’ at Hollister House Garden – DECORATIVE KITCHEN GARDEN CONTAINERS –Learn how to create fabulous, decorative outdoor containers combining vegetables, herbs, flowers and vines. Designer Chris Zaima will begin the program with a selection of images of finished plantings. He will then demonstrate the art of mixing plant material to create beautiful and useful kitchen garden containers. Location: Hollister House Garden, Washington. HHG Members $30 | Non-Members $35. Visit www.hollisterhousegarden.org/events for more information.
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. Tickets & Registration
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.