Please join the Hardy Plant Society of New England Connecticut Chapter on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:15 pm, when they host Andy Brand from Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, who will speak about ornamental and native grasses.
Ornamental grasses are valuable additions to our landscapes and make ideal garden plants, often throughout the year. Andy Brand, Director of Horticulture at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will share the wide diversity of colors, textures, and habits found in both native and non-native grasses, including shade- and sun-loving options. He will also highlight a few grass relatives, like sedges, and touch on the ecological benefits of a number of grass species.
For 27 years Andy Brand was employed at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT where he was the nursery manager. In March, 2018 Andy joined the staff at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden as Curator of Living Collections. His responsibilities include plant selection and introducing new plants to the Garden’s collection and maintaining plant records and labels. In November 2021, Andy was named Director of Horticulture.
He is past President of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association and is an avid naturalist. He is a cofounder and past President of the Connecticut Butterfly Association. He has put his interest in native plants to use as a volunteer for the New England Plant Conservation Program where he has helped monitor historical sites of endangered native plants. He has spoken to groups throughout the Northeast on a range of topics including native plants, new and unusual ornamentals, butterfly gardening, butterflies and their life histories, and increasing biodiversity in landscapes. Andy, along with his wife Michelle, lives in Bristol, Maine. He has a Facebook page, Seeing Nature: Observations from New England, dedicated to native flora and fauna.
The talk is on Zoom only. It’s free for HPS members and $10 for guests. Guests can pay by credit or debit card or PayPal using this link: https://www.paypal.com/donate/… Email [email protected] for more information.
ZOOM invites will be emailed a couple days before the event. Please be sure to provide contact info.