February 15, 2018: Don Leopold – Terrestrial Orchids of the Northeast
Many people think of tropical, epiphytic plants when they think about orchids. But over 70 species of terrestrial orchids naturally occur in the northeastern U.S. in a very wide range of habitats, including woodlands, bogs, fens, and swamps. Some are small, have no leaves, and are relatively common; others are among our showiest native wildflower species. Nearly all are native to the Northeast. A few can be readily cultivated by even the novice gardener while others are among the most difficult plant species to cultivate. Most are protected by state law throughout the Northeast due to their susceptibility to illegal collection, habitat change, and more recently, deer herbivory. On Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 pm, Dr. Donald J. Leopold will introduce us to these many and varied Terrestrial Orchids of the Northeast during his presentation at February’s Speaker Meeting.
Program starts at 7:30 p.m. but come early – 7 p.m. – to socialize, browse the CHS library books, participate in raffle items (proceeds go to our scholarship fund – click here for details), look at travel fliers or get your plant questions answered by our resident horticulturalist, Kevin Wilcox.
Location: Emanuel Auditorium – 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. Cost for non-members is $10 (free for full-time students with a valid ID).
Upcoming Speakers for the 2017-2018 Season:
March 15, 2018: Eric Hsu – Lessons from Chanticleer: Plants & Planting Style For Your Garden’s Micro-Climates
April 19, 2018: Eugenia Bone – Mycophilia: All Things Mushroom
May 17, 2018: Louis Raymond – At Play, with Nature: Snoozes & Celebrations on your Terrace
June 21, 2018: Paul Zimmerman – Roses are Plants, Too
Past Speakers from 2017-2018:
Dawn Pettinelli is an Assistant Extension Educator at the University of Connecticut. She manages the UConn Home and Garden Education Center and the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory. Both facilities provide information, testing and advice to residential and commercial clientele. She also developed and coordinates the UConn Master Composter Program, a train-the-trainer volunteer outreach program that was started in 2009. Click here to evaluate Dawn’s presentation.
Larry Weaner is nationally recognized for combining expertise in horticulture, landscape design, and ecological restoration. His latest book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (Timber Press, 2016), co-written with CHS member Tom Christopher, recently received a 2017 American Horticultural Society Book Award. Larry’s presentation on September 14 will explain the revolutionary garden practices discussed in his award-winning book. Click here for meeting handout. Click here to evaluate Larry’s presentation.
Jason Delaney began breeding daffodils – and daylilies, lilies, and crinums – in the late 1990s and will share his love of bulbs – especially daffodils – with us on October 19. For nearly twenty-one years, he worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden as North Gardens Supervisor and Bulb Collections Specialist and the champion of the Samuels and Heckman Bulb Gardens. The splendid spring show in these gardens, beginning with little crocuses and snowdrops and then progressing to a breathtaking crescendo of hundreds of different daffodil cultivars, is a tribute to Jason’s favorite flower. Click here for meeting handout. Click here to evaluate Jason’s presentation.
John Lonsdale is currently a Research Specialist at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Penn. where he is responsible for managing the experimental nursery and plant trials. John has traveled extensively to study plants in habitat, especially Trillium in the southeastern U.S. He regularly contributes articles to the publications of a number of horticultural societies, lectures widely and maintains a website (www.edgewoodgardens.net) featuring over 10,000 images of plants growing in his Exton, Penn. garden. Click here for meeting handout. Click here to evaluate John’s presentation.