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April 26 (Wed) 6 to 7:30 pm CT Hop Growers Association quarterly meeting at CAES' Valley Lab in Windsor. All are welcome. cthopgrowers.org
April 28 (Fri) 8:30 am to 9:00 pm Tree Wardens' Association of Connecticut 25th Anniversary Meeting at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. Speakers include Dr. Michael Dirr and Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Includes breakout sessions, lunch, vendors, a social hour, dinner and evening entertainment. ctreewardens.org
April 28 (Fri) 6:30 pm CT Horticultural Society's Spring Plant Sale & Auction will again be held at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin. Plant viewing and silent auction begins at 6:30 pm, sale begins at 7 pm, followed by the live auction. Free admission. cthort.org
April 28 & 29 (Fri & Sat) Eastern Connecticut Conservation District Plant Sale at Brooklyn Fairgrounds. A limited supply of extra plants will be available at each location for those that missed the March 31 ordering deadline. conservect.org
April 28-30 (Fri-Sun) CT River Coastal Conservation District Plant & Seedling Sale at Tanger Outlets in Wetbrook. Advance orders due April 7. conservect.org/ctrivercoastal
April 28-30 (Fri-Sun) Fine Art & Flowers at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. thewadsworth.org
April 30 (Sun) 10 am to 1 pm Uber Tuber Sale at Trout Lily Farm, 3700 Durham Road, Guilford. Exhibition quality dahlia tubers will be for for sale. Limited supplies available on some varieties. (203) 710-0282. trout-lily-farm.com
April 30 (Sun) 10 am to 3 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at the White Garden in Lewisboro, NY. $7. gardenconservancy.org
May 3 (Wed) 11 am to 2 pm Lecture and luncheon with Bunny Williams at the Woodway Country Club in Darien. $150. newcanaannature.org
May 4 (Thurs) 5:30 pm Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party and Collectors Plant Sale at NYBG. Includes a silent auction and a plant sale. Special ticket required. nybg.org
May 5-7 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Antique Garden Furniture Fair. Includes a specialty plant sale. nybg.org
May 6 (Sat) 9 am to 1 pm URI Spring Festival at the URI Botanical & Fine Arts building parking lot on URI's Kingston, RI campus. Admittance and parking is free. Call (401) 874-2900 or email outreach@uri.edu
May 6 & 7 (Sat & Sun) 10 am to 4 pm May Market at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. $15/$20 (good for both days). Rain or shine. hillstead.org
May 11 (Thurs) 7 pm A presentation on Proven Winners at the Down to Earth Garden Club, Avery Street Christian Reformed Church, South Windsor. downtoearthgardenclub.webs.com
May 12 (Fri) 9:30 am to 1:30 pm Westport Garden Club Plant Sale on the Great Lawn at Saugatuck Congregational Church. Includes a plant doctor and Mother's Day gifts. Rain or shine. westportgardenclub.org
May 12 (Fri) 12-6 & May 13 (Sat) 10-2 Wilton Garden Club Plant Sale on the Town Green. Rain or shine. wiltongardenclub.org
May 12 (Fri) 3-6 & May 13 (Sat) 9-12 Old Saybrook Garden Club May Market and Plant Sale on the Old Saybrook Town Green. Rain or shine. They're on Facebook.
May 12 & 13 (Fri & Sat) 10-5 & May 14 (Sun) 12-5 Dogwood Festival at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church on Greenfield Hill in Fairfield. Includes a plant and garden boutique. There are guided tours on the weekend. Admission is free. For more info call (203) 259-5596, email info@greenfieldhillchurch.com or go to greenfieldhillchurch.com/dogwood-festival-2017
May 13 (Sat) 7 am to 12 pm Annual Plant Sale of the Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire on the Congregational Church Green. cheshiregardeners.org
May 13 (Sat) 8 am to 12 pm East Lyme Garden Club May Mart Plant Sale in East Lyme's Town Hall Pavilion in NianticT. Features plants from the Thomas Lee and Samuel Smith Houses historic garden. There will also be a selection of well-established plants from member gardens. eastlymegardenclub.org
May 13 (Sat) 9 am to 2 pm Essex Garden Club's May Market in the Town Park. essexgardenclubct.org
May 13 (Sat) 9 am to 3 pm Windsor Garden Club's Garden Mart on the green. windsorgardenclubct.org
May 13 (Sat) 10 am to 2 pm Annual Daylily & Plant Sale of CT Daylily Society at the Avon Senior Center. Rain or shine. ctdaylilysociety.wordpress.com
May 13 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at the Garden of Shobha Vanchiswar & Murali Mani in Chappaqua, NY. $7. gardenconservancy.org
May 13 (Sat) Rare Plants & Garden Antiques Sale at LionRock Farm in Sharon. $25 (1 pm), $50 (10 am) and $125 (8 am). No pets. tradesecretsct.com
May 13 & 14 (Sat & Sun) 10 am to 6 pm Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party. Live music, games, picknicking and more. Make a reservation for brunch. nybg.org
May 14 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Trade Secrets Extraordinary Garden Tour. Self-guided tour of four gardens. $75. Advance tickets only. No pets. tradesecretsct.com
May 14 (Sun) 1 to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Cobble Farm Pond in Sharon. $7. gardenconservancy.org
May 14, 21 & 28 (Sun) 2 to 2:30 pm Dan Furman will lead a garden walk at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston to discuss what they're growing and what's in bloom. Limited to 20 people. treepeony.com
May 15 to May 31 (approx) Annual Peony Festival at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston. Call (860) 283-1042 or email info@crickethillgarden.com for bloom updates. treepeony.com
May 18 (Thurs) 6 to 8 pm CFPA Annual Meeting at Eolia Mansion, Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford. Tours, dinner, a brief meeting, and speakers featuring DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. All are welcome. Suggested donation $15. RSVP by May 12. ctwoodlands.org
May 18 (Thurs) 9 am to 5 pm Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill in Boston, Mass. Rain or shine. $45/$55. beaconhillgardenclub.org
May 19 & 20 (Fri & Sat) 10 am to 2:30 pm Black Rock Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale at 220 Balmforth St. in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. Annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables. blackrockgardenclub@gmail.com
May 19-21 (Fri-Sun) 9 am to 5pm The Great Tomato Celebration at White Flower Farm in Morris. whiteflowerfarm.com
May 19-21 (Fri-Sun) 9 am Biodynamic Plant Sale at The Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY. pfeiffercenter.org
May 20 (Sat) 9 am to 1 pm Greens Farms Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale at the Gazebo on Sherman Green in the center of downtown Fairfield. greensfarmsgardenclub.org
May 20 (Sat) 8:30 am to 12 pm Ledyard Garden Club's Plant Sale at Ledyard Congregational Church. ledyardgardenclub.org
May 20 (Sat) 9 am to 1 pm Simsbury Garden Club Plant Sale at Simsbury Farms Rink in West Simsbury. The annual fund-raiser will feature a tag sale of yard and garden items. For more info, go to simsburygardenclub.org
May 20 (Sat) 10 am The Designer's Eye - A lecture and garden tour with Lynden Miller in Millbrook, NY. A lecture at the Cary Institute will be followed by a tour of Innisfree Garden. $30/$35. gardenconservancy.org
May 20 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, NY. $7. gardenconservancy.org
May 20 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at the Garden of Phillis Warden in Bedford Hills, NY. $7. gardenconservancy.org
May 20 & 21 (Sat & Sun) 9:30 am to 6 pm Garden Conservancy Open Days at Sakonnet Garden in Little Compton, R.I. Nurseries on site include Broken Arrow Nursery, Opus Nursery, Peckham's Greenhouse and Rare Find Nursery. $20. sakonnetgarden.com
May 21 (Sun) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at 12 Bayberry Lane in Greenwich. $7. gardenconservancy.org
May 21 (Sun) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Harmony Farms in Greenwich. $7. gardenconservancy.org
June 1 (Thurs) 7:30 to 11:30 pm Conservatory Ball at NYBG. Dinner and dancing. Benefits education, plant research and observation. nybg.org
June 2-5 (Fri-Mon) 7:30 to 11:30 pm Hartford Blooms Garden Tours. $15. hartfordblooms.org
June 3 (Sat) 11 am to 3 pm Turkey Hill Garden Tour to benefit Positive Directions. See the iconic former home and garden of Martha Stewart on Turkey Hill Road South in Westport. Three donation levels give varying degrees of access to the home and Martha Stewart. positivedirections.org
June 3 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Cherry Brook in Canton. $7. gardenconservancy.org
June 3 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at The Kaminski Garden in Plantsville. $7. gardenconservancy.org
June 3 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Small Pleasures in Collinsville. $7. gardenconservancy.org
June 3 (Sat) 10 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Sudden Delight in Canton. $7. gardenconservancy.org
June 3 (Sat) 11 am to 4 pm Garden Conservancy Open Day at Washington Hill in Barkhamsted. $7. gardenconservancy.org
June 3 & 4 (Sat & Sun) 11 am to 4 pm Rose Garden Weekend at NYBG. Live music, plant care demos, tours and refreshments. nybg.org
June 4 (Sun) 10 am to 4 pm Grandiflora Garden Tour in Greenwich. Self-guided. Rain or shine. No children under 12 or pets. $75/$95. gecgreenwich.org
June 10 (Sat) 1 to 6 pm Stars of the 1950s - A Standard Flower Show. 60th Anniversary of the Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire at Elim Park. Free admission. cheshiregardeners.org
June 11 (Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Garden Market on the lawn of the Westport Historical Society. Free and open to the public. westporthistory.org
June 11 (Sun) 11 am to 4 pm Westport Historical Society's Hidden Garden Tour. westporthistory.org
June 11 (Sun) 12-4 & June 12 (Mon) 10-4 Bartlett Arboretum Garden Tour in Stamford. bartlettarboretum.org
June 12 (Mon) 6:30 to 8:30 pm June meeting of the Windsor Garden Club. Refreshments will be served. Free. For more information call (860) 298-9550 or go to windsorgardenclubct.org
June 14 (Wed) 5:30 to 9:30 pm Before the Green Is Gone: Sustainability Summit and Dinner at NYBG. nybg.org
June 16-18 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Newport Secret Garden Tour. Self-guided walking tours of private gardens in Newport, R.I. Each tour features about a dozen gardens. The tours run daily and tickets are good for any or all days of the tour. $20. Group rates are available for four or more people. secretgardentours.org
June 18 (Sun) Annual CT Rose Society Rose Show at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford. ctrose.org
June 23-25 (Fri-Sun) Newport Flower Show: Fête des Fleurs - Paintings & Parterres. newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show
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
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Aton Forest 270 North Colebrook Road, Norfolk, CT 06058
For more info, email contact@atonforest.org or call (860) 542-5125. http://afworkshops.blogspot.com
  • May 23 (Tues) 9 am to 3 pm Willows Demystified, a workshop led by Bill Moorhead. $75
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.
  • May 13 (Sat) 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Annual Plant Sale. Rain date May 20.
Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Call 413.298.3926, email info@berkshirebotanical.org or visit www.berkshirebotanical.org
  • April 29 (Sat) 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Transplanting Shrubs & Planting Small Ornamental Trees with Ken Gooch. Free
  • May 6 (Sat) 10 am to 12 pm Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers of the Northeast with Ted Elliman. $15/$20
  • May 19 (Fri) 11-5 & May 20 (Sat) 9-5 Plant Sale
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
  • April 29 (Sat) 10 am Entryway Planters
  • May 6 (Sat) 10 am Show Stopping Summer Patio Pots
  • 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
  • May 3 (Wed) 5 to 6:30 pm Spring Ephemerals with Carl Galanter. $15
  • May 17 (Wed) 5 to 6 pm Japanese Maples with Christopher Koppel. Free. Pre-registration required.
  • June 3 & 4 (Sat & Sun) 10 am to 4 pm Mountain Laurel Festival. Visit when the world's largest collection of mountain laurel is in its glory. Tours of the collection each day at 10:30. Admission is free.
  • 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.
  • May 21 (Sun) 2 to 5 pm May Floral Design with Tulips, Anemone and More. $84
  • June 4 (Sun) 1 to 5 pm DIY Wedding Flowers. $96
  • June 25 (Sun) 1 to 4 pm June Floral Design with Peonies. $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.

  • May 10 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm TBA with Dr. Craig Brodersen, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
  • May 24 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Willows Beyond Wetlands: Uses of Salix Species for Ecosystem Services with Prof. Julia Kuzovkina from UConn.
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.
  • May 6 (Sat) 9 am Regional Water Authority properties in Killingworth.
  • May 20 (Sat) 10 am Boston Hollow in Ashford.
  • June 3 (Sat) 10 am Westchester Wilderness Walk (Zonfass Family Preserve) in Pound Ridge, NY. Rain date Sunday, June 4.
  • June 13 (Tues) 3 pm Botanizing walk at East Rock Park in New Haven.
  • June 14 (Wed) 3 pm Tour of the Notable Trees in New Haven. Registration recommended.
  • June 17 (Sat) 10 am Biehn Open Space and Highstead Arboretum in Redding. Rain date Sunday, June 18.
  • June 24 (Sat) 10 am Cedar Mountain in Newington.
Connecticut College Arboretum 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320
Call 860.439.5020 or visit www.conncoll.edu/the-arboretum
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.
  • April 27 (Thurs) 1-3 pm & 6-8 pm Free screening of Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home at the Cragin Library in Colchester. A discussion will follow the 90-minute film.
  • May 5 (Fri) 12 to 1 pm Annual Wildflower Walk with Glenn Dreyer. Free
  • May 5 (Fri) 4 to 5 pm Just for Kids Wildflower Walk. Ages 4-10, accompanied by an adult. Free
  • May 7 (Sun) 2 to 5 pm Bonsai Workshop with Todd Hansen. Following a lecture, participants will begin working on a small plant with a focus on care, maintenance and design. $35/$45.
  • May 14 (Sun) 10 am Wildflower ID with Susan Munger.
  • May 20 (Sat) 10:30 am to 12 pm New London Tree Walk from A to Z with Maggie Redfern. Meet at the Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St. Free
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.
  • May 13 (Sat) 10 am to 2 pm Annual Daylily Plant Sale at the Avon Senior Center.
Connecticut Forest & Park Association Call (860) 346-TREE or go to ctwoodlands.org
16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT 066481
  • April 29 (Sun) 9 am to 2 pm Traprock Field Trip with Peter LeTourneau. Starts from CFPA HQ in Middlefield with car pool to sites. Free. RSVP required to Alison Guinness at wjguinness@snet.net
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 6:45 pm. Non-members $10. For more information call (860) 529-8713, email connhort@gmail.com or go to www.cthort.org
  • April 28 (Fri) 6:30 pm Spring Plant Sale & Auction at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin. Free admission.
  • May 18 (Thurs) 7:30 pm Why Grow That, When You Can Grow This? with Andrew Keys, author and plantsman.
  • May 24 (Wed) Annual Nursery Crawl in northeast Massachusetts. $85/$89
  • June 15 (Thurs) 7:30 pm Landscape Design Bloopers with C.L. Fornari, author, speaker and consultant. Ice Cream Social 6:30 pm
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
  • June 18 (Sun) Annual CT Rose Society Rose Show at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford.
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.
  • April 30 (Sun) 12 pm until sell out CT Dahlia Society Tuber Sale at The Pond House.
  • May 10 (Wed) 12 to 2 pm Parks, Plants & People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape with Lynden B. Miller at the Hartford Golf Club. Luncheon, lecture and book signing. $45
  • June 9 (Fri) 6:30 to 9 pm Wine & Roses - A Magical Garden Party at The Pond House. Cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction. A ticketed fund-raising event.
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 $5 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.
  • May 4 (Thurs) Early Bird Plant Sale
  • May 6 (Sat) May Gardeners Market
  • May 15 (Mon) 1 pm Beauty in the Landscape with Alan Gorkin at Sleepy Cat Farm. $35/$45
  • May 17 (Wed) 10:30 am Dahlia Potting Workshop. $40/$50
  • May 24 (Wed) 10 am to 12:30 pm Cutting Garden Flowers, Houseplants & Herbs with Trish O'Sullivan. $100/$110
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.
  • April 26 (Wed) 7:30 pm Foraging in Your Yard with Terri Cusson.
  • May 24 (Wed) 7:30 pm Growing Iris in Connecticut & New England with Ruth Bennett (The Iris Lady).
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.
  • May 6 (Sat) 8:30 to 10 am Pruning Workshop with Carl Galanter and Plant Sale. Reservations required. Call (860) 868-2200. $15. The plant sale will be open to all garden visitors at 10 AM.
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/
  • April 29 (Sat) 10 to 11 am Wickedly Wonderful Wildflowers and Native Plants for Your Spring Garden. Nancy will share with you her love of the very special wildflowers and native plants that you can add to your beds. Free
  • April 30 (Sun) 1 to 2 pm Raised Bed Gardening with Sue Lavalle from Coast of Maine. Sue will show you how to create a raised bed garden from A-Z.
  • May 13 (Sat) Ask A Veggie Head! Vegetable gardening questions answered all day.
  • May 13 (Sat) 10 to 11 am The latest in organic dwarf tomatoes and other patio project veggies. Free
  • May 20 (Sat) 1 to 2 pm Less Work, Less Problems, More Veggies! Easy veggies to direct sow. Free
  • May 21 (Sun) 1 to 2 pm Meet-n-Greet Our May Pollinators and the Flowers They Love. Free
  • May 27 (Sat) 10 to 11 am The Power of Flowers with Nancy. Free
  • June 3 (Sat) 10 to 11 am Edibles Everywhere! You don't need a dedicated vegetable garden to grow food, small fruits, and delicious herbs. Free
  • June 10 (Sat) 10 to 11 am Double Your Color with Half the Work. June is the time to prune your perennials. Free
  • June 15 (Thurs) 5 to 6 pm The June Prune with Nancy. Don't miss our most famous garden walk! June is the time to prune all of your spring-blooming shrubs. Free
  • June 17 (Sat) 10 to 11 am The June Prune with Nancy. Don't miss our most famous garden walk! June is the time to prune all of your spring-blooming shrubs. Free
  • June 18 (Sun) 1 to 2 pm Kassie's Crash Course in Feeding Your Veggies (and other plants). Learn why it's important to keep your veggie beds, containers and other planted areas well-fed in June.
  • June 24 (Sat) 10 to 11 am Meet-n-Greet our June Pollinators. Learn about the important June pollinators and our favorite June-blooming plants. Free
  • 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
  • May 16 to June 20 (Tuesdays) 10 am to 12:40 pm Plants for Landscaping with Michael Ruggiero. $395/$435. Register at nybg.org
  • May 20 (Sat) 10 am to 1 pm Growing a Culinary Herb Garden with Richard Rosiello. $59. Register at nybg.org
  • May 22 (Mon) 10 am to 1 pm Whip Your Garden Into Shape with Daryl Beyers. $59. Register at nybg.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.
  • May 21 (Sun) 10 am to 3 pm Critical Habitats of the Hanging Hills in Meriden with Bill Moorhead. $48/$60
  • May 24 (Wed) 6:30 to 7:30 pm Live Webinar - Time-Sharing Natives with Mark Richardson. $10/$13
  • May 29 - July 2 Online - Plants 102: Deeper Into the Green World with Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth. One field trip will be held in each New England state; participation is optional. $100/$125 without field trip.
  • June 6 (Tues) 7 to 8:30 pm Live Webinar - Edible Natives for City Landscapes with Dan Jaffe. $10/$13
  • June 13 (Tues) 6 to 7 pm Live Webinar - CT Plant Communities with Lany Widener. $10/$13
  • June 14 (Wed) 11 am to 12 pm Live Webinar - Color Combinations with Mark Richardson. $10/$13
  • June 29 (Thurs) 6:30 to 7:30 pm Live Webinar - Twenty Great Natives for Butterflies 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
  • April 29 & 30 (Sat & Sun) Daffodil Celebration & Wine Weekend
  • May 2 (Tues) 10 am to 1 pm Perfect Peonies with Dan Furman from Cricket Hill Garden. $55/$59
  • May 4 (Thurs) 10 am to 2:30 pm The Spirit of the Stone with Jan Johnsen. $119/$129
  • May 9 (Tues) 10 am to 12 pm Compost: The Key to Healthy Gardens with Claudia Joseph. $39/$45
  • May 13 (Sat) 10 am to 12 pm All About Containers Saturday: Container Gardening 101 with Daryl Beyers. $39/$45
  • May 13 (Sat) 1:30 to 5:30 pm Deer Resistant Landscape with Vincent Simeone. $75/$85
  • May 13 (Sat) 3 to 5 pm All About Containers Saturday: Designing with Containers with Richard Rosiello. $39/$45
  • May 20 & 21 (Sat & Sun) 10 am to 2:30 pm Weekend Garden Design Workshop with Daryl Beyers. $225/$249
  • June 1 (Thurs) 10 am to 2:30 pm Landscape Design Tips: Learning from Before & After with Jan Johnsen. $119/$129
  • 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
  • April 28-30 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Japanese Maples for Great Spring & Fall Color
  • May 5-7 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Diverse, Dynamic and Fragrant Daphne
  • May 12-14 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Enticing Epimediums - Explore Our Expanded Choices
  • May 19-21 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Cypripediums - Yes, we have lady-slippers
  • May 26-29 (Fri-Mon) 10 am to 5 pm Don't miss our Itoh Peonies in Flower
  • June 2-4 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Come see the hostas at their best
  • June 9-11 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Exotic, Elegant & Amazing Arisaemas
  • June 16-18 (Fri-Sun) 10 am to 5 pm Heucheras - Foliage in Many Colors
  • 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
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
  • May 2 (Tues) First Truss Show at the Valley Lab
  • May 20 (Sat) Second Truss Show at the Pond House, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford
  • May 30 (Tues) Final Truss Show at the Valley Lab
Tower Hill Botanic Garden 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505-0598
www.towerhillbg.org
  • April 29 (Sat) 10-5 & April 30 (Sun) 10-4 Baystate African Violet Society's Show & Sale. Free with admission.
  • May 6 (Sat) 1-5 & May 7 (Sun) 10-4 Seven States Daffodil Society's Daffodil Show. Free with admission.
  • May 6 (Sat) 10-5 & May 7 (Sun) 10-4 American Primrose Society's Primrose Show. Free with admission.
  • May 20 (Sat) 11 am to 2 pm Plant Sale. Free with admission.
  • 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.
  • April 28 (Fri) 1 to 3 pm Ethnobotany with Prof. Manuel Lizarralde at Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam. $40/$50. Deadline April 14.
  • April 29 (Sat) 10 am to 1 pm Enhancing Your Backyard Habitat for Wildlife with Peter Picone at Sessions Woods in Burlington. $60/$70. Deadline April 15.
  • May 6 (Sat) 10 am to 12 pm Grow Your Own Meadow with Kathy Connolly at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam. $40/$50. Deadline April 21.
  • May 9 (Tues) 1 to 3 pm Grow Your Own Bouquets with Evelyn Lee at the Fairfield County Extension Center in Bethel. $40/$50. Deadline April 25.
  • May 17 (Wed) 12 to 2 pm Weeds for Your Needs with Pam Brundage at the Windham County Extension Center in Brooklyn. $40/$50. Deadline May 3.
  • May 24 (Wed) 1 to 3 pm Catching the Bug with Dr. Kirsten Martin at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. $40/$50. Deadline May 10.
  • June 2 (Fri) 10 am to 12 pm Identifying Wild & Native Grasses with Lauren Brown at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford. $40/$50. Deadline May 20.
  • June 6 (Tues) 10 am to 12 pm Identifying Wildflowers with Keys with Susan Munger at the New Haven County Extension Center in North Haven. $40/$50. Deadline May 23.
  • June 6 (Tues) 6:30 to 8:30 pm Arthropod Acupuncture & ID with Dr. Kirsten Martin at the Tolland County Extension Center in Vernon. $40/$50. Deadline May 23.
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
  • May 6 (Sat) 1 to 3 pm Grow It, Cook It, Eat It! - Workshop & Luncheon. Drinks and dessert included. Reservations required. Plants, container and soil provided. All inclusive fee $50. Without lunch $35.
  • May 14 (Sun) Mother's Day Gift - Each Mom receives a free 4-inch plant while supplies last.
  • May 19-21 (Fri-Sun) The Great Tomato Celebration
  • May 27 (Sat) 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm Container Planting - Make & Take Event. Shop for colorful annuals with a personal assistant and sit back as our staff assembles a unique planter perfect for a patio or entryway. Price includes a decorative container, up to five annuals, soil and labor. Space is limited. Reservations required. Starting at $45.
  • June 10 (Sat) Growing Roses Made Easy. Reservations appreciated.
  • June 17 (Sat) Open House. Take a guided tour of our gardens, enjoy fruit, tea sandwiches and fresh iced tea as you mingle. Be prepared to shop for great seasonal color to freshen up your home plantings.
  • July 1 (Sat) 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
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