Sat., March 18, noon to 5 p.m. & Sun., March 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Nutmeg State Orchid Society Show & Sale. Vendors, arts & crafts and door prizes. On Sunday from 8-9:45 a.m. the show is open to photographers only! Tripods allowed during this session. Location: West Hartford Conference and Meeting Center, 50 South Main St. and parking is FREE in the lot next to the Center. Admission: $10 with children 12 & under free. Visit www.nutmegorchids.org for additional info.
Sat., March 18, 8 a.m.to 4 p.m., CT Master Gardener Association 24th Annual Symposium – LANDSCAPE BY DESIGN, Or Not! This year’s event features five fascinating experts, PLUS Keynote Speaker Julie Moir Messervy, landscape designer and author from Vermont, and Closing Speaker Bill Cullina, Executive Director of Coastal Main Botanical Gardens. Also enjoy a light breakfast and buffet lunch with fellow gardeners, visit vendors and bid on Silent Auction treasures at this year’s event. Location: Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London. Visit www.ctmga.org for full speaker biographies and to register.
Sat., March 18, noon – Connecticut Daylily Society hosts speaker David Jewell of Ontario, Canada, who will present The Secret Life of a Daylily Superhero. Location: Avon Senior Center for a scrumptious potluck lunch followed by the 1 p.m. presentation. Visit ctdaylilysociety.wordpress.com for more details.
Mon., March 20, 6:30 p.m. – PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN PRESENTER – Simsbury Garden Club and Simsbury Public Library welcome Flower Arranging and Floraculture” with Jim Palmieri. Jim Palmieri currently teaches Floriculture at UConn and manages UConn Blooms, where students are taught all the skills they need to become successful florists. Meet at Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury. No charge for guests at this special evening meeting. Visit simsburygardenclub.org for more information. Please bring any clean glass vases that you would like to donate to the Floriculture program at UConn. Your donations will be much appreciated!
Weds., March 22, 7 p.m. – Learn about “Great Non-Wimpy Plants You Don’t Already Grow” from Joseph Tychonievich at this month’s Hardy Plant Society meeting. 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.
Fri., March 24, 10 a.m. – PLEASE NOTE ONE WEEK DELAY (originally scheduled for March 17) Elizabeth Park Conservancy opens its Spring Greenhouse Show at the historic greenhouse in Elizabeth Park. The show runs from March 24-30 with a one-day plant sale on Sat., April 1 from 10 a.. to 2 p.m. Show Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24, 25 and 26 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 27 through Thursday, March 30. On Friday, March 31, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coffee and refreshments will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, when former Conservancy Horticulturalist Bob Prill, will offer tours of the Greenhouse Show at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The reception and tours are free, and reservations, which are required, can be made by emailing email@example.com, or by calling (860) 231-9443, ext. 101.
Sat. March 25 (snow date Sat., April 1) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Connecticut Orchid Society presents Orchid Workshop, Repotting Clinic and Sale hosted by Sam Bridge Nursery at 437 North Street in Greenwich. Bring lunch, drinks provided. Please call (203) 869-3418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for sessions. Visit ctorchids.org for more info.
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.