Hope everyone is enjoying summer! We’re excited to begin the 2017-2018 season and want to share information on the interesting line-up of speakers and meeting dates for the upcoming season. Scroll down for even more detail about each lecture:
September 14, 2017 – Larry Weaner – Garden Revolution: An Easier, Smarter Way to Garden
October 19, 2017 – Jason Delaney – A Passion for Daffodils
November 16, 2017 – John Lonsdale – Woodland Treasures
January 18, 2018 – Dawn Pettinelli – Soil, Sense and Sustainability
February 15, 2018 – Don Leopold
March 15, 2018 – TBA
April 19, 2018 – Eugenia Bone
May 17, 2018 – TBA
June 21, 2018 – Paul Zimmerman
Join us at 6:30 p.m. for the monthly CHS Speaker Meeting and to catch up with old friends and meet new ones at the Emanuel Auditorium, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. The cost for non-members is $10 (free for full-time students with a valid ID). Most meetings are preceded by a Plant Raffle of member donated plants and garden treasures. All proceeds go to our scholarship fund (click here for details).
Sept 14, 2017 – Larry Weaner – Garden Revolution: An Easier, Smarter Way to Garden
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.
Larry founded the firm Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982. His work at public facilities and private residences through the eastern U.S. has received numerous recognitions and been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Garden Design, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and American Gardener, among other publications. Larry is an active guest lecturer and instructor for horticultural and environmental organizations throughout the U.S., and in 1990 he developed New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL), an educational programming series with a national following.
Oct 19, 2017 – Jason Delaney – A Passion for Daffodils
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.
Jason has participated in conservation-focused plant collecting expeditions to the Altai mountains of southern Siberia, the Caucasus mountains of the Republic of Georgia, the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, and the Changbaishan mountains in northeastern China. He has also traveled to Taiwan, New Zealand, the Netherlands and throughout the U.S. for his work with daffodils, his greatest passion. Jason’s work with bulbs has been featured in numerous magazines, journals, newspapers, and television programs.
After Jason left Missouri Botanical Garden, he became the horticulture director at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum in St. Louis. Bellefontaine, which occupies 314 acres, was established in 1849 during an era when many great landscaped, parklike cemeteries were created. Bellefontaine is the final resting place of notable soldiers, beer barons, fur traders, engineers, poets, suffragettes, rascals, politicians, and athletes, among many others. It is also a living museum of plants and landscape design, a distinguished horticultural setting, with many possibilities to explore. Within a few years, as more daffodils are planted, Jason hopes the cemetery will be added to the list of American Daffodil Society display gardens.
After hours, Jason operates Professional Horticultural Services which specializes in residential garden design and maintenance, and PHS Daffodils which specializes in daffodil production. Jason’s daffodil collection is situated on three acres of family land in Flora, IL where over 2,500 varieties of daffodils are grown for commercial production, breeding, and evaluation. Collecting novel garden varieties and preserving historic varieties are Jason’s primary foci. Jason’s daffodil collection was one of the major tour attractions during the 2016 World Daffodil Convention held in St. Louis.
As is tradition, CHS will hold its annual bulb sale the same evening. Come early for the best selection! Proceeds from the sale will help to defray costs associated with our involvement at the 2018 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, February 22-25, 2018.
Nov 16, 2017 – John Lonsdale – Woodland Treasures
JOHN LONSDALE was born in in Sheffield, England, and has grown a wide variety of alpine and woodland plants and bulbs for more than 30 years and is a recipient of the Alpine Garden Society Gold Merit Medal. In 1995, John and his family moved to Exton, Penn. to a climate which has proved to be wonderful for growing in-character hardy plants and bulbs. John is currently a Research Specialist at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Penn. where he is responsible for managing the experimental nursery and plant trials. On November 16, John will discuss a selection of the many unusual and beautiful woodland plants which he grows in his own garden.
John has traveled extensively to study plants in habitat, especially Trillium in the southeastern US. He regularly contributes articles to the publications of a number of horticultural societies, lectures widely and maintains a website (edgewoodgardens.net) featuring over 10,000 images of plants growing in his Exton, Pennsylvania garden.
Jan 18, 2018 – Dawn Pettinelli – Soil, Sense and Sustainability
Society’s fate is inextricably linked to its soils. All too often we take for granted this vital, living resource. Let’s stop treating our soils like dirt – our lives depend on it!
Join us on January 18 to learn about the basic tenets of soil science. Delve into the mysteries of the living ecosystem below our feet. Find out about some of the threats to healthy soil and discover some ways both gardeners and communities can protect one of their most valuable assets.
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.