The Genus Geranium: Cranesbills for Every Garden
Thursday, September 20
with Robert Herman, Plantsman
Not to be confused with geraniums that fall into the tender Pelargonium species, the hardy Cranesbills are a diverse group of plants suited to practically every gardening situation. The medley of Cranesbills offer up a profusion of blooms in early summer while the fascinating foliage patterns, markings and fall color can provide three-season interest.
As manager of the Countess von Zeppelin Nursery in Germany and Director of Horticulture at White Flower Farm, Mr. Herman cultivated over 30 species and cultivars of the genus Geranium. He will share his knowledge and provide advice on selecting and raising some of the best plants for Connecticut gardens.
The first meeting of the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s (CT Hort) season traditionally begins with the presentation of our prestigious Mehlquist Award to ‘a Connecticut resident who deserves to be honored and recognized for their significant and extraordinary contributions in horticulture or the art of gardening,’ In addition to being the evening’s presenter, Mr. Herman is also the winner of the 2018 Mehlquist Award.
Please join us for this very special start to the 2018-19 Season!
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 2018-2019 Season:
October 25, 2018: Tovah Martin – Boot Camp for Your Senses in the Fall & Winter Garden
November 15, 2018: Leslie Duthie – Fronds with Benefits: Ferns from the Wild to the Garden
January 17, 2019: Sheri Forster – Seasonal Garden Design – Creating Year-Round Interest
February 21, 2019: Mike McGrath – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Getting Toads, Birds and Bugs to Eat your Garden
March 21, 2019: Sharon Gensler – Putting Carbon in its Place: a Gardener’s Plan for Sequestration
April 11, 2019: Kim Eierman – Gardening Inspirations from the Smoky Mountains
May 16, 2019: Rosa Raudales, PhD. – Old, New and Emerging Applications of Hydroponics
June 20, 2019: Doug Tallamy, PhD. – A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening