June 16,2016: Ice Cream Social & The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer, R. William Thomas, Exec. Dir. Chanticleer Foundation. Our speaker, Bill Thomas, will bring you on a visual tour of Chanticleer and share some of their design and gardening tips and techniques. You’ll leave knowing more about garden practices specific to different conditions and plant palettes; how to use hardscape materials in a fresh way; and how to achieve the perfect union between plant and site. Bill has led the talented and creative staff at Chanticleer for the past 13 years as their Executive Director and they recently co-authored “The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer.” Bring your copy of “The Art of Gardening” to the meeting and Bill will gladly sign your book. Evaluate this speaker by clicking this link
May 19,2016: Beautiful Landscapes for Pollinator and Wildlife Habitats, James Gagliardi, Smithsonian Gardens, Wash., DC Mr Gagliardi, is a UCONN, CAHNR graduate who in 2003/04 was a CHS scholarship recipient. Click here for speaker handout.
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April 21, 2016: Lois and Herbert Isaacson Endowed Lecture: Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, Jessica Walliser, Horticulturist& author, radio host: The Organic Gardeners, KDKA , Pittsburgh. Evaluate this speaker by clicking this link
Mar.17, 2016: Native Plants & Ecological Research at the CT College Arboretum, Glenn Dreyer, Adjunct Associate Botany Professor, Connecticut College Evaluate this speaker by clicking this link
Feb. 18, 2016: The Art and Elegance of Composting, Rebecca Louie , a certified Master Composter, is also a journalist, beekeeper, and friend to all worms. Her book “Compost City: Practical Composting Know How for Small Space Living” has been heralded by TreeHugger, The Denver Post, Edible Manhattan and more. Rebecca and her work were recently recently celebrated in a full-page feature in the January 2016 issue of Rodale’s Organic Life Magazine. She divides her time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains . Evaluate this speaker by clicking this link
Jan.21, 2016: Annual Physical for Connecticut Forests, Eric Lukingbeal, environmental litigator at Robinson & Cole. A lifelong interest in environmental stewardship fuels Mr. Lukingbeal’s involvement in environmental causes beyond his profession. He is a past member of the Town of Granby’s Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission and currently serves on the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission. He is a longtime member of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and its current president, has served on the Lower Farmington River & Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic Study Committee to develop a plan to protect and enhance those waterways, is a former president of Holcomb Farm in Granby, and has worked to preserve farming in Connecticut. Evaluate this speaker by clicking this link
Nov. 19,2015: Seed Saving Strategies for Resilient Gardens,Petra Page-Mann & Matthew Goldfarb, founders Fruition Seeds
Oct.15,2015: Sustainable Design, Lelaneia Dubay, landscape designer. The founder of Dubay Design has created gardens for a wide variety of clients in a diverse array of settings – from a rain garden to a native planting project at Bradley Airport in Windsor, and from New York City brownstone garden spaces to gardens for a large Avon estate. Between projects, she found time to create Landscape Designers Challenge in Hartford, which brings new front landscapes to inner city neighborhoods. Dubay Speaker handout. Evaluate this speaker by clicking this link
Sept.10,2015: GMOS: Fact and Fiction, Barry Avery, CHS vice president. Evaluate this speaker by clicking this link.