May 17, 2018: Louis Raymond – At Play, with Nature: Snoozes & Celebrations on your Terrace
Don’t we all love to be outside on a terrace, enjoying the warm-season weather? Well, if there’s shade, a cool drink, and comfy seating. Being comfortable outdoors is only simple for the first ten minutes, when the chair, the shade, and the patch of pavement are all you need. But to really enjoy being outdoors? That’s where planning and nuance come in.
On Thursday evening, May 17, Louis will explore the many ways that a terrace can be shaped into your property’s must-use focus during his presentation, “At Play, with Nature.” The more thought and possibility we bring to our outdoor space, the more inviting it becomes, the more we and our friends will want to get together in the one space that unites the best of our house with the best of our garden: our terrace.
Landscape designer Louis Raymond (www.louistheplantgeek.com) has been creating terraces for over fifty years—since setting second-hand bricks into the dirt at the back of his family’s first real house, near Washington, DC. He was ten. His terraces have gotten much better.
Raymond has been gardening for over sixty years. As a pre-schooler, he “borrowed” geraniums from public gardens across the street from the family home. By first grade, he demonstrated to classmates how to sprout an avocado pit in a glass of water.
So it may be a bit of a surprise that Raymond took the scenic route to his current vocations as designer, board president, lecturer, writer and occasional auctioneer. At twenty-five, he had already earned baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, piano and voice — and still found time for a couple of years of medical school along the way — before launching a successful career as an opera singer. By thirty, he had retired from the stage to take up the trowel full-time. His exuberant designs have been widely published, including in Good Housekeeping, USA Today, House & Garden Magazine (on the cover), Design New England, The Boston Globe, and Metropolitan Home.
You will surely be educated and entertained when Louis Raymond visits. See you there! Click here to evaluate Louis’ presentation.
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:
June 21, 2018: Paul Zimmerman – Roses are Plants, Too
Past Speakers from 2017-2018:
As the daughter of accomplished Italian cook and cookbook author Ed Giobbi, Eugenia Bone grew up in a food environment. Her parents socialized with a group of chefs who were influential in their day and Eugenia learned a lot through observation that remains with her to this day: use everything, taste constantly, and be grateful for every mouthful. These days, Eugenia spends her time as a food writer, author, Italian cook, mushroom hunter and master canner. On Thursday, April 19, she will present her talk on The Mycobiome of the Garden. Her presentation will provide an overview of fungal biology and illustrate how a little mycology can make you a better gardener AND mushroom cook. Click here to evaluate Eugenia’s presentation.
Before becoming Plant Information Coordinator at Chanticleer in 2011, Eric Hsu spent time at some of the most prestigious woody-plant collections in the Eastern United States: Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College; the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard. Eric earned bachelor’s from Cornell, and master’s degrees from both the University of Reading in England, and the University of Tasmania in Australia. He has botanized in Australia, Greece, and Turkey, and maintains a blog Plinth et al. Click here for meeting handout. Click here to evaluate Eric’s presentation.
Dr. Donald J. Leopold introduced us to these many and varied Terrestrial Orchids of the Northeast during his presentation at February’s Speaker Meeting. 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. Click here to evaluate Don’s presentation.
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.
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.
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.
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.