Ticks: It’s Not Just Lyme Disease Anymore
with Dr. Kirby Stafford, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 7 p.m.
In order to comply with public health guidelines at this time, the April Speaker Meeting with guest Dr. Kirby Stafford from the Conn. Agricultural Experiment Station will NOT be held. Dr. Stafford was to present Ticks: It’s Not Just Lyme Disease Anymore.
In the next few days we will be emailing members to survey your interest in seeing our speakers in a different manner, given the state we are in. An option would be to set up a webcast and you could view the presenter on your computer. Please let us know if you are open to trying something new to see our speaker or dead set against it in the survey you get from us. Thanks.
Meetings are open to everyone and are free for full-time students with a valid ID. A donation of $10 is suggested from non-members.
Location: Emanuel Synagogue Auditorium – Please park and enter at rear of building, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.
Cost for non-members is $10 .
Important Reminder: Emanuel Synagogue requires that we institute formal sign-in procedures for added safety and security at their facility. Please bear this in mind, and we appreciate your patience as we carry out their request. Thank you.
Upcoming Speakers for the 2019-2020 Season:
- Thursday, May 21, 2020 The Art of Growing Food. Ellen Ogden, writer, gardener, cook
- Thursday, June 18, 2020 A Garden of Well-Being: Creating Your “Gardentopia.” Jan Johnsen, Landscape Designer, Author and Speaker. This lecture is possible due to generous funding from the Lois and Herb Isaacson speaker endowment.
Past Speakers from the 2019-2020 Season:
Thursday, March 19, 2020 Fronds with Benefits: Ferns from the Wild into the Garden, Leslie Duthie, Horticulturist:
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.
Unfortunately due to the coronavirus, Leslie’s presentation had to be cancelled.
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 Cannabis on Campus: Not What you Think!, Peter Apicella, University of Connecticut:
Peter successfully obtained the first medical marijuana research license for plant science research in the state of Connecticut. In the process, he authored standard operating procedures by which he and his collaborators abide. Peter has presented his research at national and international forums, and is an advocate for hemp production. In fact, he even testified before the Connecticut State Legislature on behalf of the University of Connecticut in support of the CT hemp pilot program.
Please click here to let us know what you thought of Peter’s presentation.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 The New Zen Garden: Japanese Design Styles for Home Gardens, Christopher Tuccio, Professor of Horticulture, Naugatuck Valley Community College:
Prof. Tuccio’s talk will focus on the key elements of creating a Japanese Zen Garden for the residential landscape. Chris will review the history, cultural significance and design elements of traditional Japanese Zen gardens and provide practical ways in which garden enthusiasts can adapt these strategies in their yards.
Please click here to give feedback on Chris’s presentation.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 Saving the Bees: The Sweet Life of a Beekeeping Entrepreneur, C. Marina Marchese:
C. Marina Marchese is changing the way people taste and think about honey. This designer turned beekeeper is the visionary behind the iconic brand Red Bee Honey. During a former career as an international designer, Marina unexpectedly visited a neighbor’s apiary where her first taste of fresh honey from the beehive would change the course of her life. She quit her job, built a beehive and acquired some Italian honeybees to become a beekeeper.
Please click here to tell us what you thought of Marina’s presentation.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 My Life with Daffodils, Eric Breed, Dutch International Photographer and bulb expert:
Eric was born in the Netherlands, quite literally into a world filled with flower bulbs. He is the son of Kees and the late Fia Breed, who owned what may be the largest collection of narcissi, tulip and colchicums in the world. Famed bulb expert Wim Lemmers is his uncle. And his grandfather’s former growing fields, Zandvliet, are now part of the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens in South Holland that attracts over one million visitors annually. We were delighted to have Eric enlighten us on his travels into the wild, his family’s legendary bulb collection, and the criteria used by the Dutch when seeking new flower bulb varieties for the industry.
Please click here to let us know what you thought of Eric’s presentation.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 The Photo-Graphic Garden: Mastering the Art of Digital Garden Photography, Matthew Benson, Award-Winning Photographer:
Matthew’s presentation on the fundamentals of creating beautiful, compelling photography in the garden includes working with light and composition, developing a personal style, post production and image editing techniques, the best basic equipment– from cameras and filters to iPhones and Instagram.
Click here to let us know what you thought about Matthew’s presentation.