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June 23-25 (Fri-Sun) Newport Flower Show: Fête des Fleurs - Paintings & Parterres. newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show
June 24 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm The Garden Conservancy Open Days in Harford County
- Creating Magic in Glastonbury
- The Garden of Ed Goracy in Glastonbury
- The Murray Gardens in Glastonbury
- The Stubenrauch Gardens in Glastonbury
All gardens $7. gardenconservancy.org
June 24 (Sat) 8-5 & June 25 (Sun) 11-5 Oliver Nurseries Summer Sale. All trees, shrubs, perennials, annual and alpine plants will be on sale. olivernurseries.com
June 24 (Sat) 8:30-6 & June 25 (Sun) 9-4 Gilbertie's Two-Day Summer Sale. 50% off plants. gilbertiesherbs.com
June 24 & 25 (Sat & Sun) 10 am to 4 pm Gardening with the Masters. Rhode Island Master Gardener Garden Tour. web.uri.edu/mastergardener/tour/
June 25 (Sun) 12 to 4 pm Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day. A state-wide celebration of Connecticut's stunning historic gardens. Member sites (15) host special events and activities celebrating their gardens. Choose the gardens in your own backyard, or plan a daytrip to see those further afield. Events will take place rain or shine, though activities may vary depending on the weather. cthistoricgardens.org
July 10 (Mon) 7 to 8 pm Flower & Garden Photography with David Candler at the East Lyme Garden Club. This event is free and refreshments will be served. They meet at the Police Station on Main Street in Niantic. eastlymegardenclub.org
July 13 (Thurs) 4 pm to dusk Nichols Garden Club Secret Garden Tour of five private gardens. Tour begins at Trumbull Historical Society, where a tour booklet will be provided. Tickets are $30 and available at nicholsgc.org
July 15 (Sat) 9 am to 3 pm Windsor Garden Club Garden Tour. Self-guided tour of eight gardens, rain or shine. Advance tickets ($10) are available at many Windsor locations. Day of the tour tickets ($15) are available on the Windsor green from 9:30 am to 12 pm. windsorgardenclubct.org
July 15 (Sat) 9:30 am to 12 pm Hike with a Forester: A Walk & Talk with Jeff Ward from CAES at the Naugatuck State Forest in Hamden. See a variety of habitats and forest management practices, invasive species, recovery from a wildfire in the mid-1990s, and an excellent view from the Mt. Sanford overlook. The hike is 2.5 to 3 hours. Info at ctwoodlands.org
July 15 (Sat) 9 am Digging Deeper: An Artist's Palette at High Meadow in Norfolk. Registration is required as space is limited. $30/$35. gardenconservancy.org
July 15 (Sat) 10 am Digging Deeper: Insider's Tips on Trees with Buddy Nixon at Mica Quarry Estate, the Garden of Monika & Buddy Nixon in Kent. Registration is required as space is limited. $30/$35. gardenconservancy.org
July 15 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Days at
- Hollister House Garden in Washington
- Garden of Lee Link in Sharon
- Peter's Opus in Sherman
- Garden of Bunny Williams in Falls Village
- Fernwood in Norfolk
Each garden $7. gardenconservancy.org
July 15 (Sat) 1 to 5 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at the Garden of Jane Garmey, West Cornwall. $7. gardenconservancy.org
July 16 (Sun) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at The Murray Gardens in Glastonbury. $7. gardenconservancy.org
July 26 (Wed) 8:30 am to 3 pm CNLA Summer Symposium at Prides Corner Farms in Lebanon. Rain or shine. cnla.biz
July 27-30 (Thurs-Sun) The American Community Garden Association's annual conference will be held at Capital Community College in Hartford. Workshops, keynote speakers, and visits to community gardens, parks, schools, and other green spaces throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. The public is welcome. $250-$360. communitygarden.org
Aug. 2 (Wed) 10 am to 4 pm CAES Plant Science Day at Lockwood Farm in Hamden. ct.gov/caes
Aug. 5 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at the Garden of George Trecina in Meriden. $7. gardenconservancy.org
Aug. 5 (Sat) 12 to 5 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Jardin des Brabant in Meriden. $7. gardenconservancy.org
Aug. 11-13 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 4 pm NOFA Summer Conference at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. nofasummerconference.org
Aug. 26 (Sat) CT Dahlia Society Show at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford. ctdahlia.org
Aug. 26 (Sat) 10 am to 2 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Stone Acres Farm in Stonington. $7. gardenconservancy.org
Aug. 26 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Days at Kentford Farm in Stonington and Maywood Gardens in Bridgewater. $7 each. gardenconservancy.org
Aug. 26 (Sat) 1:30 pm Digging Deeper: Vineyard Tour, Winemaking Demo & Wine Tasting at Maywood Gardens in Bridgewater. Registration is required as space is limited. $30/$35. gardenconservancy.org
TO AVOID POTENTIAL DISAPPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM DETAILS. This calendar is a FREE service to the gardening community. We do our best to be accurate but events can change and errors occasionally creep in for one reason or another.
Aton Forest 270 North Colebrook Road, Norfolk, CT 06058
For more info, email contact@atonforest.org or call (860) 542-5125. http://atonforesthome.blogspot.com/
Ballek's Garden Center 90 Maple Ave., East Haddam, CT 06423
Summer hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, visit www.balleksgardencenter.com or call 860.873.8878
For groups of 10 or more, Ballek's will provide free tours, lectures and workshops. Each attendee is given a $5 gift coupon toward a purchase of $25 during their next visit. Slide lectures are given in their stone house meeting room. Check website for a list of available topics.
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903
For more info go to www.bartlettarboretum.org
The grounds are open to the public every day of the year. They offer professional landscaper courses.
  • June 25 (Sun) 11-11:45 am Herb Garden Tour
  • June 26 (Mon) 10:30-11:15 am Highlights Tour
Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Call 413.298.3926, email info@berkshirebotanical.org or visit www.berkshirebotanical.org
  • July 19 (Wed) 10 am to 12 pm Offsite Field Study: Vegetable Gardeners Garden Tour with Ron Kujawski. $25/$35
  • July 27 (Thurs) 10:30 am to 12 pm Offsite Field Study: The Garden of Lynden Miller in Sharon, CT. $40/$50
  • Aug. 9 (Wed) 10 am to 2:30 pm Offsite Field Study: Gardeners Who Inspire. $40/$50
  • Aug. 31 (Thurs) 10 am to 12 pm Offsite Field Study: Digging Dahlias with Amanda Chase at Something To Crow About Dahlias in Cornwall, CT. $25/$30
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses 437 North St., Greenwich, CT 06830
Dress appropriately for the weather. Some classes are held outside. Call the store at (203) 869-3418 or email maggie@sambridge.com to sign up for classes and events. Be sure to specify which class you'd like to attend. Spaces are limited. Reservations required. Most classes are free unless stated otherwise. www.sambridge.com
  • June 23 & 24 Hydrangea Weekend
Broken Arrow Nursery 13 Broken Arrow Road, Hamden, CT 06518
Call 203.288.1026, email info@brokenarrownursery.com or abrand@brokenarrownursery.com , or visit www.brokenarrownursery.com
  • June 28 (Wed) 10 am to 1 pm Cuttings Propagation for the Home Gardener with Adam Wheeler. Following the lecture participants will construct their own home propagation systems and stick a selection of cuttings from the nursery collection. $39
Butternut Gardens 54 Butternut Lane, Southport, CT 06890
Pre-registration required. Visit www.butternutgardens.com for workshop information and sign-ups.
  • June 25 (Sun) 1 to 4 pm June Floral Design with Peonies. $84
  • July 23 (Sun) 1 to 4 pm July Floral Design. $84
  • Aug. 20 (Sun) 1 to 4 pm August Floral Design. $84
The Center for Sustainable Living 90 Cabbage Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751
Call (203) 982-1884, email cynthia@hgconnsoil.com or visit www.hgconnsoil.com
Comstock, Ferre & Co. 263 Main St., Wethersfield, CT 06109
Classes are free unless stated otherwise. Register in advance by caling at 860.571.6590 or emailing sales@comstockferre.com and providing your name and contact information. http://comstockferre.com Registration is closed at 4 pm the Friday before the class.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) New Haven
www.ct.gov/caes

CAES Seminar Series in Jones Auditorium. Food and coffee available at 11:45 am. Free and open to the public.

Connecticut Botanical Society www.ct-botanical-society.org
Field trips are a long-standing tradition of the society. They provide an opportunity to learn about Connecticut's plants and habitats from some of the area's most knowledgeable botanists -- and an opportunity to share your knowledge with others. Wear sturdy footwear and bring lunch. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. For plant ID, you may want to bring field guide(s), a hand lens, and a small notebook. Familiarity with plant taxonomy is helpful, but not required. Non-members are welcome to join our field trips. No registration is required, unless otherwise stated in the trip description. Visit the society's website for details.
  • June 24 (Sat) 10 am Field Trip - Cedar Mountain in Newington. Free
  • June 25 (Sun) 2 to 5 pm Workshop on Grasses with Lauren Brown in Branford. $5/$10. See website for info and how to register.
  • July 8 (Sat) 8 am Field Trip - Bent of the River Audubon Center in Southbury.
  • July 15 (Sat) 9 am to 1 pm Field Trip - Beaver Ledges Preserve, a new preserve of the Haddam Land Trust.
  • July 23 (Sun) 10 am Field Trip - Salt Meadow Park in Madison. For kids and their adults. No pets please.
  • July 30 (Sun) 10 am Field Trip - Kayak/canoe trip to Salmon River Cove in East Haddam.
  • Aug. 5 (Sat) 10 am Field Trip - Long Pond Preserve in Killingly.
  • Aug. 13 (Sun) 10 am Field Trip - Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden.
  • Aug. 19 (Sat) 10 am to 12:30 pm Field Trip - North Shore of Hanover Pond in Meriden.
Connecticut College Arboretum 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320
Call 860.439.5020 or visit arboretum.conncoll.edu
Free guided tours run Saturdays May through October. Meet at 10 am at the Blue Sculpture between Fanning and New London Halls on the campus of Connecticut College. First Saturday - Campus Landscape. Second and fifth Saturday - Caroline Black Garden. Third and fourth Saturdays - Native Plant Collection. Tours are open to the public and no reservations are required. Rain or shine. For more info, call or email arbor@conncoll.edu
Wild Ones meet the second Saturday of every month from 10 am to noon at Connecticut College, Olin Science Center Lounge. Call (860) 439-5060 for more information. We welcome people to join the CT Mountain Laurel Chapter of Wild Ones (WO). WO promotes the concept of landscaping in harmony with nature and the use of native plants.
Connecticut Daylily Society Call (860) 673-8445 or go to http://ctdaylilysociety.wordpress.com
Meetings at the Avon Senior Center are free and open to the public. No advance notice is required. Social hour starts at noon. Speakers follow a brief 1 PM business meeting.
Connecticut Forest & Park Association Call (860) 346-TREE or go to ctwoodlands.org
16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT 066481
Connecticut Horticultural Society 2433 Main St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Regular program meetings are held on Thursday at the Emanuel Auditorium, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. Doors open at 7 pm. Non-members $10. For more information call (860) 529-8713, email connhort@gmail.com or go to www.cthort.org
  • July 19 (Wed) 6 to 8 pm Second Crop Workshop at Ballek's Garden Center in East Haddam with Nancy Ballek MacKinnon and Nancy DuBrule-Clemente. Come early and shop the Farmers Market from 4-7 pm. Light refreshments.
  • Connecticut Rose Society Meetings at the The Congregational Church of Plainville are free and open to the public unless noted. Doors open at 1:30 pmwww.ctrose.org
    Ecological Landscaping Alliance 841 Worcester Road #326, Natick, MA 01760
    www.ecolandscaping.org
    Elizabeth Park Prospect Avenue and Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117
    Call 860.231.9443 or visit http://elizabethparkct.org
    Elizabeth Park is America's oldest municipal Rose Garden and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in Hartford, on the West Hartford border. They have many gardens in addition to the 15,000 rose bush garden: a bulb garden, annual garden, perennial sun garden and perennial shade garden. The Herb Society, Dahlia Society, Hosta Society and Iris Society have display gardens as well. Events are free unless noted.
    Ganim's Garden Center & Florist 320 Kings Highway Cutoff, Fairfield, CT 06824
    Call 203.333.5662 or visit shop.ganimsgardencenter.com
    The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program Self-guided tours of hundreds of private gardens from coast to coast. Many are rarely, if ever, open to the public. In Connecticut, Open Days usually run from May to October. For a schedule with info on gardens visit www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays/open-days-schedule . You can sort the schedule by state. Admission to most gardens is $7 per person; children 12 and under are free. Open Days are rain or shine events and no reservations are required. Open Days in Connecticut run from May until October but keep in mind that there are Open Days at nearby gardens in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days
    Garden Education Center of Greenwich 130 Bible St., Cos Cob, CT 06807
    Call 203.869.9242 or visit www.gecgreenwich.org
    Registration required.
    Gilbertie's Herb Gardens 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport, CT 06880
    Visit www.gilbertiesherbs.com or call (203) 227-4175 to register.
    Goodwin Forest & Conservation Education Center 23 Potter Road, Hampton, CT 06247
    Registration is requested for most programs. www.friendsofgoodwinforest.org For more information, or to register, call (860) 455-9534.
    Hardy Plant Society, Conn. Chapter For more information, contact Leslie Shields at (860) 747-8175 or Selchie1@comcast.net or visit cthardyplantsociety.org
    Meetings are held on Wednesday at the Solomon Welles House in Wethersfield. A coffee hour, starting at 7 pm, precedes meetings. The public is welcome. $10 suggested donation for non-members.
    Hollister House Garden 300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington, CT 06793
    Visit www.hollisterhousegarden.org, email office@holisterhousegarden.org or call 860.868.2200.
    The Hollister House Garden in Washington opens on Friday, April 28. The non-profit garden will be open to the public every Friday from 2-5 and every Saturday from 10-4, from April 28 through Sept. 30. The garden is also open for early birds from 8-10 on the first Saturday of the month. A classic garden in the English manner, with a loosely formal structure, informally planted in generous abundance, situated in the Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut. There is a requested $5 donation. Group visits are welcome by appointment.
    • July 20-22 (Thurs-Sat) Photography in the Garden with Rich Pomerantz. $150-$300
    • Aug. 5 (Sat) 3 to 4:30 pm Seed Saving in the Garden with Lee Buttala
    • Aug. 11 (Fri) 2 to 5 pm Flower Arranging in the Garden with Debbie Brown. $30/$35
    Natureworks 518 Forest Road (Route 22), Northford, CT 06472
    Call 203.484.2748, email nature@iconn.net or visit http://naturework.com
    Natureworks hosts a variety of workshops, walks and classes. Free unless noted otherwise. Visit their website for details. You can register and pay at http://naturework.com/events/
    • June 25 (Sun) 1 to 2 pm All About the Monarch Butterfly. Learn what you can do to help the monarch butterfly. We have everything you need to raise monarchs this year! Free
    New Canaan Nature Center 144 Oeneke Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
    Call 203.966.9577 or visit www.newcanaannature.org
    New England Wildflower Society 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701.
    Call (508) 877-7630 or visit www.newfs.org
    A great variety of classes, courses and field trips are offered for adults throughout New England. Pre-registration required for most courses. Contact the registrar at extension 3303 for more details.
    • June 29 (Thurs) 6:30 to 7:30 pm Live Webinar - Twenty Great Natives for Butterflies with Dan Jaffe. $10/$13
    • July 18 (Tues) 6:30 to 7:30 pm Live Webinar: Why are Some Plants Rare? with Laney Widener. $10/$13
    • July 19 (Wed) 6:30 to 7:30 pm Live Webinar: How Are Rare Plants Conserved? with Laney Widener. $10/$13
    • July 21 (Fri) 1 to 2 pm Live Webinar: Green Garden Infrastructure with Anna Fialkoff. $10/$13
    • July 27 (Thurs) 6:30 to 7:30 pm Live Webinar: Twenty Great Natives for Birds with Dan Jaffe. $10/$13
    The New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126
    For class information, call Adult Education at 800.322.6924 (NYBG), email conted@nybg.org or visit www.nybg.org
    • June 24 (Sat) 10 am to 1 pm Foolproof Hydrangeas with Lorraine Ballato. $55/$59
    Nutmeg State Orchid Society
    Meetings at Farmington Senior Center, Unionville. First meeting free. $10 to join. www.nutmegorchids.org
    O'Brien Nurserymen 40 Wells Road, Granby, CT 06035
    Hours 10-5 only on the days listed or by appointment. Call 860.653.0163 or visit www.obrienhosta.com
    • June 23-25 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Summer Blooming Azaleas for Fragrance
    • June 30 to July 2 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Hostas in a Thousand Shades of Green
    • July 7-9 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Check Out Our Cool Ferns
    • July 14-16 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Dazzling Daylilies Displays
    • July 21-23 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Polygonatums - New Selections of Solomon Seal
    • July 28-30 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Tricyrtis - Toadlilies. Great Summer Flowers for Shade
    • Aug. 11-13 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Hosta Dividing Demo each day at noon
    • Aug. 25-27 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Japanese Stewartia
    The Organic Gardening Workshop 484 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT 06880
    *Private classes and consultations are available. For info, call (203) 227-4715, email Nick@OrganicGardeningSimplified.com or got to www.OrganicGardeningSimplified.com
    Rhododendron Society of Connecticut CAES Valley Lab, 153 Cook Hill Road, Windsor, CT 06095
    Meetings are free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 pm. For more information, visit http://ctrhododendronsociety.org
    Tower Hill Botanic Garden 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505-0598
    www.towerhillbg.org
    • June 25 (Sun) 12 to 4 pm New England Rose Society's Rose Show. Free with admission.
    UConn Extension Garden Master Classes are open to the public. For info and registration, visit http://mastergardener.uconn.edu and check out the latest course catalog.
    URI Outreach Center 3 East Alumni Ave., University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881
    (401) 874-2900, outreach@uri.edu, www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc/index.html
    Van Wilgen's Garden Center 51 Valley Road (off Route 139), North Branford, CT
    Call 203.488.2110, ext. 0, email info@vanwilgens.com or visit www.vanwilgens.com
    Pre-registration is appreciated.
    White Flower Farm 167 Litchfield Road, Morris, CT 06763
    Store events start at 10 am and take place in the Farm's lecture room located in the upper parking lot. For more info, or to register, call (860) 567-8789 or go to www.whiteflowerfarm.com
    • July 1 (Sat) 10 to 11 am - CANCELLED Lavender Growing & Craft Event. Learn the important cultural considerations required for being successful with your lavender plantings. Discuss how to use them in your home gardens and then stick around to create a beautiful lavender craft. $20. Reservations required.
    Woodland Gardens 168 Woodland St., Manchester, CT 06042
    Call 860.643.8474, email WoodlandGardens@sbcglobal.net or visit www.woodlandgardensct.com for a class schedule or to register. Advance registration is required only where noted.
    Yale Peabody Museum 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT
    For information on events or programs, call (203) 432-3776, email peabody.events@yale.edu or visit www.peabody.yale.edu
    TO AVOID POTENTIAL DISAPPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM DETAILS. This calendar is a FREE service to the gardening community. We do our best to be accurate but events can change and errors occasionally creep in for one reason or another.