To satisfy your curious nature, you’ll find a number of interesting horticultural programs, classes, and tours listed here.
A big THANK YOU to the local clubs that support the Connecticut Horticultural Society. Visit their sites for more gardening adventures:
- Colchester Garden Club
- Connecticut Valley Garden Club
- Farmington Garden Club
- Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut
- Gardeners of Simsbury
- Garden Club of Madison
- New Britain Garden Club
- Suffield Garden Club
- The West Hartford Garden Club
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Sat., July 3 and Sat., July 24 from 2-3 pm — The Peach Bros. on Tour at The Garden Barn, Vernon. The Peach Brothers return this year with the freshest peaches from around the country! The Peach Brothers are pre-order only this year, although they will be sure to bring extra boxes to each stop to allow walk-up customers the chance to purchase. Please click on the link below for more information about The Peach Brothers and don’t forget to check out their awesome recipes for Peach Cobbler and Peach Margaritas! https://www.thepeachbrothers.com/The Garden Barn is at 228 West Street, Vernon.
Thurs, & Fri., July 9 & 10 – Hillstead Museum presents Come Fly Away With Us! This event is inspired by Theodate Pope Riddle’s extensive travels and collection of souvenir postcards. The evening will feature a Spanish-inspired multi-course dinner and wine pairings by Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s, as well as top-notch musical talent, and live and silent auctions. Taking place outdoors on Hill-Stead’s West Lawn, it will be al fresco dining at its finest—and guests will be safely socially distanced at tables spaced at least 6 feet apart and may indicate their seating preferences on their ticket order: table of 2, 4, 6, or 8 guests. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.hillstead.org/benefit-dinner/.
Wed., July 21, 6:30 pm West Hartford Noah Webster Library presents Container Gardening. From raised beds to pots and everything in between, learn the ins and outs of growing vegetables and fruits successfully in small spaces and unconventional containers. This session covers everything you need to know about setting up for success, including location, design, light, and containers. Learn how to choose your edible plants, planting methods, seasons, crop mapping, seeds and starts, where to get your plants, soil mix, and define your goals for the season. This is a virtual program. Register at https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/events
Fri., August 6, 1-4 pm – Hollister House presents the workshop Flower Arranging from the Garden. This workshop will explore the joys of creating a seasonal floral design foraged from one’s own garden, the fields and woods. Horticulturalist and landscape designer Deborah Munson will begin by introducing you to her work and reviewing the tools of the trade. She will follow it with a walk through the Hollister House Garden discussing floral design, structure and color and a return to the barn to create a design on your own. Please bring your own glass or ceramic container. All floral material will be provided. The cost is $85 for HHG members $85 (includes $50 materials fee) and $95 for non-members $95 (includes $50 materials fee). Go to https://hollisterhousegarden.org to register.
Weds. Aug 18, 3 p.m. – The Avon Free Public Library will present Back Yard Composting. Don’t let those vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, and tea leaves go to waste. Learn how to easily turn household scraps into compost that your backyard garden will LOVE! Presented by Dr. Yonghao Li from the CT Agricultural Experiment Station. Program is suitable for adults and children 6th grade and older. This virtual program will be presented online through Zoom. Please register and a Zoom link will be sent out before the program. The program will be closed-captioned. To register or for more information, please visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call the library at 860.673.9712.
The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) is pleased to announce that following a national search, Sydney Everhart, Ph.D. will serve as the next head of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA). She replaces Richard McAvoy, Ph.D., who is retiring after serving in the role for 10 years.Ms. Everhart comes to UConn from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she is an associate professor and graduate chair in the Department of Plant Pathology. Her recent research projects are focused on the application of molecular tools for elucidating the biology, epidemiology, and origins of fungal plant pathogens causing disease within cultivated crops. She received her M.S. degree in biology from the University of Central Missouri and a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Georgia.
ctnofa lists a number of interesting distance learning opportunities on their event calendar. Click here to review.
Native Plant Trust Online Educational Programming
The nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, offers an abundance of online courses in plant science. Click here for more information and to register. The Trust has re-opened Garden in the Woods to the public with timed ticketing. Visit their website to purchase your advance ticket.
UConn Home & Garden Education Center (HGEC)
An invaluable horticultural information resource for novice and seasoned gardeners. At present, analysis of physical samples has been suspended but digital images can be sent to [email protected] along with description of symptoms or problems, and any other relevant information/questions.
UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) Blog https://blog.extension.uconn.edu/vegetable-gardening/
Here you’ll find an abundance of information on current topics from COVID to Vegetable Gardening. Check link regularly as content changes frequently.