Mrs. Anita Ballek is the matriarch of the Ballek family of East Haddam. Her family proudly boasts 350 years of land stewardship, with no end in sight! Ballek’s Garden Center is a strong supporter of CHS and now Mrs. Ballek has graciously made herself available to help you with your latest gardening conundrum. To avail yourself of […]
News of interest to the gardeners and nature lovers of Connecticut.
The Connecticut DOT has recently issued three important policies which address pollinator habitat along roadsides. Those policies include reduced mowing, plant replacement plots, and establishment of native plants at new construction sites.
Late summer may be a popular time to mow fields and meadows, but because many pollinator populations are shrinking to the point of extinction, it’s important to be “slow to mow” and wait to until after the first frost to mow fields, meadows and roadsides.
This year’s winner of the coveted Mehlquist award is long-time CHS member Tom Christopher. Tom’s career in gardening really began in his mother’s garden under her fine tutelage. He further enhanced his knowledge at the New York Botanic Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture and then honed his craft as a horticulturist at the Olmsted Brothers […]
Fourteen generations of Anita Ballek’s family have lived on and farmed their property at Town Street and Maple Avenue in East Haddam. The location was hand selected in 1661 by an Englishman Nicholas Ackley, given a Land Grant from King Charles II. Naturally, the 55.2 acres have seen various phases throughout the centuries. These days, […]
Great news! We’re holding down the cost of membership and it will remain unchanged for the 2017–2018 CHS Season that begins on September 1, 2017:
2017–2018 Membership Levels
C.L. Fornari’s Entertaining People, Pollinators and Birds Workshop is a Hit! Members were treated to a spectacular day at the June 15th workshop with C.L.Fornari, that evening’s speaker. Lynn Cavo’s meticulous Farmington garden was the setting and you couldn’t have asked for better weather. Huge thanks to Lynn and her family for preparing her garden […]