Thanks to chairperson, Joan Stubenrauch and a top-notch group of CHS member volunteers our Gardening with a Purpose Symposium at Mark Twain House was a ‘springing’ success. Donations, admissions & silent auction donations totaled almost $9,000 for our educational mission. We are grateful for the participation of dozens of volunteers who made the day run smoothly.
Featuring — Ken Druse, well known garden writer & designer, Nancy Dubrule-Clemente, landscape designer and owner of Natureworks Organic Garden Center, Northford, CT, and Dan Furman, new guiding spirit of famed peony source: Cricket Hill Nursery, Thomaston, CT.
As the world warms and cools, it may seem as if our plants won’t know what to do… but what about us gardeners? How can we best create gardens to survive in a time of ‘climate change’? Our panel of experts will help us develop a new skill set for the the challenges ahead.
Full day symposium of four presentations, lunchtime workshop, silent auction and a dozen + vendors of garden-related products to get ready for Spring! Includes continental breakfast and gourmet lunch.
Sat. February 6, 2016 8:30 am-4-pm at The Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT.
Fee: Members $89 Non-members: $99 Students: $30. Pre-registration required.
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Check In ~ Coffee and Pastries ~ Vendor Market ~ Silent Auction begins
9:45 – 10 a.m.
Welcome by the Connecticut Horticultural Society
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
KEN DRUSE – Join the celebrated lecturer, award-winning photographer, blogger, and author of 20 books including the classic The Natural Garden, for a talk on the subject of his latest book, The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change.
DAN FURMAN – Learn about pawpaw and persimmon trees from the co-owner Cricket Hill Garden, a second-generation nursery and forest farm in Thomaston, Conn. Furman’s talk, “Native Edibles,” examines these two under-appreciated and under-utilized fruit trees.
12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Box Lunch by the Kitchen at Billings Forge ~ Vendor Market ~
Flower Arranging Demonstration by TRISH MANFREDI ~
Tours of the Mark Twain House ~ Book Signing by Ken Druse
Silent Auction ends
NANCY DUBRULE-CLEMENTE – The owner of Natureworks organic nursery in Northford, Conn., and author of two books including, with Marny Smith, A Country Garden for Your Backyard, discusses “Plants with a Purpose.”
4 – 5 p.m.
Vendor Market ~ Silent Auction Winners’ Board: Pay for and pick up items
Departure of Attendees