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A big THANK YOU to the local clubs that support the Connecticut Horticultural Society.
Visit their sites for more gardening adventures:
- Cherry Brook Garden Club
- Colchester Garden Club
- Farmington Garden Club
- Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut
- Gardeners of Simsbury
- Garden Club of Madison
- New Britain Garden Club
- Suffield Garden Club
Sat., Feb. 23, 11 a.m. – Kerry Ann Mendez of Perennially Yours presents Not Your Grandma’s Hydrangea: Exceptional Hydrangeas Plus Tried-and-Proven Tips for Growing Them. This webinar includes many new cultivars as well as recommendations for growing gorgeous specimens, even in colder climates. Fee: $12 registration fee for one hour lecture. Registrants do NOT have to watch the live broadcast. All registrants receive a personal link and password after the live broadcast so they can watch the presentation wherever, whenever, and as many times as they wish!
Weds., March 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s Garden Lecture Series features Victoria Johnson, author of American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Johnson’s talk will focus on the extraordinary contributions of Dr. David Hosack, who founded the first public botanical garden in New York City at the site of the current Rockefeller Center. Location: Pond House Garden Room. Visit for more info, fees and to register.
Fri., March 15 through Friday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Elizabeth Park Conservancy Spring Greenhouse Show features a spectacular array of spring bulbs and plants. The show tours and sale will take place in the historic greenhouse in Elizabeth Park. A one-day plant sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Plants may be purchased by cash or check only on the day of the sale. Visitors are asked to bring their own trays, boxes or carts to carry away their plant purchases. The Spring Greenhouse Sale helps support Elizabeth Park Conservancy in its mission to maintain, restore and protect the gardens, grounds and buildings in Elizabeth Park. Visit http://elizabethparkct.org/ for all events that occur this week.
Sat., March 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 26th Annual CMGA Garden Symposium at Connecticut College in New London. This year’s theme is Nature’s Creatures: Bring More Life to Your Landscape! Keynote speaker is Doug Tallamy and Heather Holm is the closing speaker. Six fascinating break-out experts round out the day. Fee: $65 for CMGA members and guests; $95 for non-members and walk-ins, For more information, visit www.ctmga.org or email email@example.com.
Sat., March 16, noon to 5 p.m. and Sun., Mar. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Nutmeg State Orchid Society show and sale – Come See Our Bloomers! Enjoy beautiful orchids from around the world as displayed by hobbyists, commercial growers and orchid societies. Exhibits, vendors and related arts & crafts. Fee: $10 per person with children 12 & under free. For more info, visit www.nutmegorchids.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sat., March 16, noon – Connecticut Daylily Society welcomes Adele Keohan. Adele is an avid gardener and daylily enthusiast, a certified American Daylily Society garden judge, and the new ADS Daylily Journal editor. With her mysteriously named presentation, “H is for Daylily,” Adele will walk us through the daylily basics. Not sure if daylilies are right for you? Have some questions about daylily culture? Maybe you want to work daylilies into your landscape, but aren’t sure how? Have no fear, Adele is here to give you the Daylily 101! Fee: Free! Location: Avon Senior Center at the Sycamore Hills Recreation Center.
Mon., Mar 18, 6:30 p.m. – Simsbury Garden Club presents “Going Native,” by Margery Winters. Discover the ecological benefits of our native plants and how we can recapture native habitats in our gardens. The public is cordially invited. Location: Simsbury Public Library Program Room. Please see the Club website for additional information at www.simsburygardenclub.org
Mon., Mar. 18, 6:30 p.m. – SEED: The Untold Story. An award-winning film about the vital role seeds play and the issue of diminishing diversity in the world’s seed supply. (2016, 94 min.). Part of the 2019 Garden Series at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd. in Avon. Programs are free and open to all, no need to register.
Tues., Mar. 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – The Gardeners of Simsbury will host Historical Gardens of CT with Laurie Masciandaro. Program is held at the Simsbury Public Library in the Large Program Room on the ground floor. The public is welcome. Free.
Weds, March 20, Fri., March 22, 11:30 a.m. – the Farmington Garden Club will celebrate its Founders at the Farmington Main Library. Dr. Kirby Stafford, III, PhD, will be speaking on Gypsy Moths. Dr. Kirby is Chief Entomologist of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Kirby will review the current outbreak, its impact and prospects for 2019. Program is open to the public without charge. Light refreshments will be served.
Sat., Mar. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s Garden Lecture Series features Jana Milbocker, owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design/construction firm located in Boston will discuss her book, The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast. During Milbocker’s lecture, attendees will learn about the history, horticultural highlights and special events of the best public gardens and hidden gems of the Northeast. Location: Pond House Garden Room. Visitfor more info, fees and to register.
Sat., Mar. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Sun., Mar. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Connecticut Orchid Society presents Spring into Orchids. This AOS-sanctioned show will be held at the Bristol Senior Center in Bristol. There will be displays, vendors and lectures. Fee: $5 Admission. Visit www.ctorchids.org for additional details.
Weds, April 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s Garden Lecture Series features Barbara Paul Robinson discussing her new book, Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape. Robinson’s lecture will explore the vibrant stories of eighteen contemporary heroes of horticulture – “institution builders, plant explorers and garden creators who have all had a major impact on the American landscape.”
Location: Pond House Garden Room. Visit for more info, fees and to register.
Fri. & Sat, April 12 & 13 – 15th Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium takes place at the luxurious Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock VT and features nationally renowned speakers, book signings, and the popular Gardeners Marketplace. There is a special registration discount for groups of 5 or more as well as for Master Gardeners. Click for more info.
Sat. April 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun., April 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society 36th Annual Show and Sale. Free admission with a free plant presented to the first 50 families each day. There are lectures and demonstrations both days. Please visit www.ctcactussociety.org for more info.
Tues., April 30, 1:30 p.m. – Growing Unusual Garden Vegetables. Presented by Abigail Maynard from the CT Agricultural Experiment Station. Part of the 2019 Garden Series at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd. in Avon. Programs are free and open to all, no need to register.
Thurs., May 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s Garden Lecture Series welcomes Linda Jane Holden presenting her lecture “A Look Behind the Scenes: The Story of the Writing of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon.” “It is a story of family – a family of gardeners – and the noblesse oblige and talents of Rachel Lambert Mellon, now known to many simply as ‘Bunny.’” Location: Pond House Garden Room. Visit elizabethparkct.org/events/lecture for more info, fees and to register.