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. April 11, 10:00 a.m – Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass. reopens for the season. Visit their website to reserve a time to visit (last timed ticket is 4:00 p.m.) and to view their current safety protocol details.
Sat. April 17, 10-11:30 am – Hollister House Barn Talk: Waking Up Your Garden, Presented by Daryl Byers Spring cleaning is crucial to get shrubs and herbaceous borders looking their best, and to prepare beds for a successful season Daryl will review a checklist of gardening tasks to be performed during spring maintenance that will give your garden a head start on a great season. Click here for additional details and to register: https://hollisterhousegarden.org/event/waking-up-your-garden/
Thurs. May 6, 9:00 am to 4 pm – Rather than holding its traditional plant sale at Boy Scout Hall, The Gardeners of Simsbury will partner with Gresczyk Farm, 860 Litchfield Tpke. (Rte. 202), New Hartford for their spring fundraiser. On this one day, 20% of sales will be donated to the club. The farm carries a beautiful selection of annuals, perennials, and beautiful hanging baskets. http://www.gresczykfarms.com
Thurs. May 6, noon – West Hartford Garden Club presents Christine Darnell of Christine Darnell Gardens, Old Lyme. She will present ‘Gardening Design for a Changing Climate’ and will share her specialty of plant combinations that are rich in form and texture. The gardens she designs celebrate the beauty of nature and reflect a sense of place. To register for this free Zoom presentation, go to www.WestHartfordGardenClub.org. You will receive a Zoom link to attend a few days prior to the presentation. The club business meeting is 12:30 – 1:00 followed by the speaker at 1:00. Please sign in thru the Zoom link at 12:50 to attend the 1:00 presentation.
Sat. May 8, 10-11:30 am – Hollister House Barn Talk: Mind Your Matrix: Successful Plant Combinations, Presented by Robert Clyde Anderson Learn about matrix planting! It is the planting of three to five equally competitive plants that are vigorous enough to act as “living mulch” providing weed suppression and moisture retention around larger perennials and shrubs. Emphasis on, but not exclusively using, native plants. Click here for additional details and to register: https://hollisterhousegarden.org/event/mind-your-matrix-successful-plant-combinations-to-create-a-living-landscape/
Weds. May 26, 7:30 to 8:30 pm – The Hardy Plant Society of New England CT Chapter zoom presentation Natives for the Gardener as well as the Garden presented by Lisa Turoczi of Earth Tones LLC, Woodbury, CT. Open to members and guests. Click for additional details or to register.
Sat. June 5, 10 am-12 pm – Hollister House Lecture – Go Beyond the Basics: Smartphone Photography for the Garden, Presented by Thad Kubis. Go beyond the basics of your device’s camera and learn how to integrate these controls and create images of your garden, house, and landscapes. This introductory class begins with an overview of smartphone camera systems and functionality, followed by a hands-on, application-based introduction to composition, editing, posting, sharing, archiving, and more! Click here for additional details and to register: https://hollisterhousegarden.org/event/go-beyond-the-basics-smartphone-photography-for-the-garden/
Sat. June 12, 9:30 am-3:30 pm rain or shine – Perennial Planters Garden Club of Manchester “Through the Garden Gate” garden tour. Visit beautifully designed and landscaped private backyard gardens in Manchester. Proceeds fund local horticulture-related activities. For more information, visit www.manchestergardenclubs.org and click on Perennial Planters.
Sat. & Sun. June 12-13, 10 am to 5 pm – Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut – This free self-guided tour features 10 artists’ gardens displaying the works of 15 artists. All covid protocols will be observed, including masks and social distancing. Enjoy paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and other works of art set out in cottage gardens, a meditation garden, a landscape garden, and more. Click here for more information.
Sat. June 19, 10 am to 4 pm – Simsbury Garden Club will hold its garden tour Beyond the Garden Gate – Save the Date! This free self-guided tour features 10 artists’ gardens displaying the works of 15 artists. All covid protocols will be observed, including masks and social distancing. Enjoy paintings, sculpture, ceramics and other works of art set out in cottage gardens, a mediation garden, a landscape garden and more. Click for more information.
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.
Rutgers University Home Gardeners School @Home Edition will air a series of one-hour online workshops. Continue learning from the comfort and safety of your home. Click for more info (including fees) or to register.
– May 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Cultivate Summer Blooms and Bounties
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.