The New Zen Garden: Japanese Design Styles for Home Gardens
with Christopher Tuccio, Professor of Horticulture, Naugatuck Valley Community College
on Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7 p.m.
Chris’s interest in design emerged as a young teenager. He received his first portable drafting table for Christmas when he was just fourteen. It remains an unforgettable treasure that has traveled the world with him as he built on his design knowledge – earning a BS in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University – and remains with him to this day in his home studio.
Prof. Tuccio’s January 16 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.
Chris shares much more information about Landscape Design on his website: draftscapes.com.
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, Jan. 16, 2020 The New Zen Garden. Christopher Tuccio, Professor of Horticulture, Naugatuck Valley Community College
- Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 Cannabis on Campus: Not What you Think! Gerald Berkowitz, Professor, University of Connecticut
- Thursday, March 19, 2020 Fronds with Benefits: Ferns from the Wild into the Garden. Leslie Duthie, Horticulturist
- Thursday, April 23, 2020 Ticks: It’s Not Just Lyme Disease Anymore. Dr. Kirby Stafford, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
- Thursday, May 21, 2020 The Art of Growing Food. Ellen Ogden, writer, gardener, cook
- Thursday, June 18, 2020 TBA. 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, 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.