The current month’s newsletter is first distributed only to members. It will be archived here at the end of the month.
July (Summer) 2020: author and garden coach, Karen Bussollini explains why some native plants provide greater benefits for pollinators than their related cultivars. Next season’s speakers announced. Alternative ways to generate scholarship funds while in-person auctions are not an option. Be mindful when planting milkweed and dogbane.
June 2020: writer and member Jody Morgan shares Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for vanilla ice cream! Jan Johnsen, final speaker of the season will present her talk online. Identify this orchid, if you can!
May 2020: guest speaker Ellen Ogden agrees to a virtual presentation and will also return in person in November. Writer and member Jody Morgan discusses plants with healing qualities. Virtual classes and garden tours become more popular. Spring plant deliveries delight long-time members.
April 2020: member and writer Jody Morgan introduces us to Ruth Bancroft whose garden helped found the Garden Conservancy. Spring Plant Sale and Auction canceled. Pres. Brett Isaacson and VP Cheryl Marino share an uplifting message. Welcome new members! Latest update on the status of trips. Try your hand at seed starting.
March 2020: Leslie Duthie will discuss ferns in her March 19 talk – Fronds with Benefits – that was rescheduled from last season, when we had a weather cancellation in November! Learn about an extensive fern garden located at one of our member organizations – Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford. Sign up for the ever-popular Ballek’s Greenhouse gathering. Two day trips added. Longtime member, Gene Goodwin, passes.
February 2020: member and UConn Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Sarah Bailey, cautions us to watch for signs of new invasives. CT Master Gardeners extend their book sale to CT Hort members. CT Flower & Garden Show starts on February 20 and runs through the 23rd. CT Hort scholarship recipient, UConn’s Jackie Stupienski, is recognized with a national award. April 24 is the date of the Spring Plant Sale & Auction. Reserve your spot for the Philadelphia Flower Show trip.
January 2020: Garden Media Group’s industry report for 2020 indicates that being green is gathering momentum. Sign up for the CT Hort 2020 Symposium by January 10 to get the best price. Member and Naugatuck Valley Community College Prof. Christopher Tuccio will show us how to add zen to our garden. CT Flower Show preparations are underway. Bartlett Arboretum adds an interesting garden to their property.
November 2019: Several CT Hort members review the latest gardening books. November 21 guest speaker C. Marina Marchese will discuss ‘The Sweet Life of a Beekeeping Entrepreneur’ at the Thursday, November 21 Speaker Meeting. This issue contains ads from advertisers and supporters of CT Hort who can help to make your holiday shopping a breeze! Successful Fall Plant Sale & Auction is recapped.
October 2019: Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) Professor Christopher Tuccio prepares us for his upcoming January 16, 2020 presentation with an article on ‘Finding Your Backyard Zen.’ 2018 Mehlquist Award winner (and retired NVCC professor) Robert Herman offers several Anemone options for your autumn garden. Eric Breed will visit us from the Netherlands to talk bulbs on the night of our next Speaker Meeting and annual Bulb Sale – October 17. Reserve your seat for the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show trip. See what topics will be discussed at the February 1, 2020 CT Hort Symposium.
September 2019: CT Hort member, Photographer and Garden Coach Karen Bussolini reflects on Dr. Doug Tallamy’s message that he presented at the June Speaker Meeting. Matthew Benson, our September speaker will offer a hands-on photography workshop the day after we hear him speak. We bid a fond farewell to Past President and CT Hort friend, Ken Stubenrauch. 2019-20 Speakers and their topics are listed. Looking for readers to review gardening books for the Winter Newsletter. Save the date for the 2020 Symposium – February 1. Fall Plant Sale & Auction takes place on September 27. Check out the new trips!