Tonight: Thurs Nov. 15. meeting cancelled due to weather.
Next speaker will be January 17. Sheri Forster will discuss ‘Seasonal Garden Design – Creating Year-Round Interest.’ See you next year!
Fronds with Benefits; Ferns from the Wild to the Garden
Thursday, November 15
with Leslie Duthie, Horticulturalist
A life-long gardener, Leslie Duthie’s devotion to ferns began the first time she grew a fern from spore. She has dedicated her career to learning about, gardening with, and propagating native plants.
Learn how ferns grow from fiddlehead to frond and how to incorporate these plants into your landscape. Ferns can be used anywhere from specimens to mass plantings and in locations from the rock garden to the deep shade of the woodlands.
Leslie is a horticulturist at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Wales Mass. The gardens of Norcross are full of plants that she has raised and her knowledge of the ferns is extensive. She works with the local Land Trust and Conservation Commission to preserve land for both our native plants and wildlife as well as for people to enjoy. Leslie has a BS in Plant Science and has experience in greenhouse growing of both landscape plants and native plants.
Program Meeting 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).
In the event of inclement weather on the night of a Program Meeting, tune into WFSB TV Channel 3, or call the CT Hort office at 860-529-8713 for a recorded message of the meeting status.
Upcoming Speakers for the 2018-2019 Season:
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
Past Speakers from the 2018-2019 Season:
November 15, 2018: Leslie Duthie – Fronds with Benefits: Ferns from the Wild to the Garden
Join Tovah Martin as she takes us on a journey through the fall and winter garden unlike any you’ve been on before. This lecture explores the garden on all levels by attuning your nose to the scents and training your ears to listen. Learn to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched. Click here to let us know what you thought about Tovah’s presentation. Click to view her presentation handout.
As manager of the Countess von Zeppelin Nursery in Germany and Director of Horticulture at White Flower Farm, Robert 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. In addition to being the evening’s presenter, Mr. Herman is also the winner of the 2018 Mehlquist Award. Click here to let us know what you thought about Robert’s presentation. Click here to view his meeting handout.