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.
Throughout April – Revay’s Garden and Gift Shop offers seminars and classes on garden design, fairy gardens, herbs, perennials, Easter baskets, and more. New seminars and classes are regularly added so visit revaysgardens.com for the latest offerings and to register.
Thurs., April 6, noon – West Hartford Garden Club presents Bill Cusano, owner of De Vars-Phillips Florist and Antiques who will create five Spring floral arrangements that will be raffled off at the end of the demonstration. 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.
Tues., April 11, noon to 2 p.m. – Martha Stewart will be the keynote speaker at Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s annual Garden Lecture Series. The luncheon, lecture and book signing featuring Stewart will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hartford Golf Club; tickets are $150, and copies of her new book, Vegetables, will be available for $25. Stewart’s talk will focus on Two Very Different Gardens: A Mountain Landscape and a Rural Farm – a discussion of works in progress. Tickets are available through the Elizabeth Park website, elizabethparkct.org.
Mon., Apr. 17, 11:30 a.m. – Simsbury Garden Club welcomes Susan Pelton of UConn Home & Garden Education Center who will discuss Container Gardening. Learn tips and tricks of design and how to maintain a beautiful container through the season. Guests are welcome (fee $10). Location: Apple Barn, 60 Old Farms Road, West Simsbury. For more information, please visit simsburygardenclub.org.
Thurs., April 20, 6:30 p.m. – Windsor Conservation Commission and The Windsor Garden Club jointly are planning a forum on Invasive Vines and Plants. The FREE event will be held in the Ludlow Room at Windsor Town Hall. Contact Maureen Vagnini at (860) 688-6753 for more information.
Thurs., April 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Broken Arrow Nursery will celebrate Earth Day with a FREE Magonolia Festival to showcase one of the greatest and oldest flowering plants. For details visit: www.brokenarrownursery.com/events.html.
Weds., Apr. 26, 7 p.m. – Hardy Plant Society presents Urban & Backyard Foraging — Plant Lore & How To by Master Gardener, Terri Cusson. Terri will introduce us to some common and some not-so-well-known ways to use your backyard as a food & herbary source. Meet at the Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Ave, Wethersfield. Fee: Free to members. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members. ***Special opportunity*** to meet at McCue’s Wholesale Nursery before the meeting, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., for a tour & shopping. Visit www.cthardyplantsociety.org for more info.
Thurs., April 27, 2 p.m. – Jaw-Dropping Flowering Shrubs – the New No-Fuss Glamour Plants! Online lecture by Kerry Mendez of Perennially Yours, includes a detailed handout, opportunity to ask questions during the webinar, door prizes and a CEU form. Registrants do not have to attend the live broadcast – a link and password will be sent to all registrants after the lecture to view at your leisure. For more information visit www.pyours.com/webinar-jaw-dropping-shrubs.