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Nov. 17 to Dec. 31 (Thurs-Sun) 4 to 9 pm Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. mainegardens.org
Jan. 8, 2018 (Mon) 7 pm Sustainable Landscaping with Judith Dreyer at Manchester Garden Club. manchestergardenclubs.org
Jan. 10-12, 2018 (Wed-Fri) The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) at the Baltimore Convention Center. mants.com
Jan. 12 & 13, 2018 (Thurs & Fri) Analyzing the Wild, Designing the Garden - Ecological Landscape Symposium at CT College in New London. ndal.org and conncoll.edu/the-arboretum
Jan. 13, 2018 (Sat) 2 pm The New Shade Garden - Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change with Ken Druse at Lenox Memorial High School. Berkshire Botanical Garden's Winter Lecture. $35/$45. berkshirebotanical.org
Jan. 22, 2018 (Mon) 11:30 am Wild & Wooly Conifer World - Four Seasons of a Creative Conifer Wonderland with Chrissie & John D'Esopo at the Apple Barn in West Simsbury. Light refreshments. Guests $10. simsburygardenclub.org
Jan. 24 & 25, 2018 (Wed & Thurs) CNLA Winter Symposium at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Networking, lectures and trade show. cnla.biz
Feb. 3, 2018 (Sat) 8 am CT Horticultural Society's biennial Spring Gardening Symposium - Striking a Balance - at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Speakers include Rick Darke, Christina Salwitz and Claudia West. cthort.org
Feb. 6-9, 2018 (Tues-Fri) NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. organiclandcare.net
Feb. 11, 2018 (Sun) 2-4 pm Earthly Delights: Landscape Pleasures for The Mind and Body with Thomas Woltz. Berkshire Botanical Garden's Winter Lecture at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Mass. berkshirebotanical.org
Feb. 12, 2018 (Mon) 7 pm Cacti & Succulents for Connecticut Homes with Dr. Matthew Opel from UConn. manchestergardenclubs.org
Feb. 22-25, 2018 (Thurs-Sun) 10 am CT Flower & Garden Show - Breath of Spring - at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. Speakers include CG contributors Nancy DuBrule-Clemente and Stephanie Cohen as well as Doug Tallamy and Kerry Ann Mendez. Adults $18, seniors $16 (Thursday & Friday only), children 5-12 $5, children under 5 free. ctflowershow.com
Feb. 26, 2018 (Mon) 11:30 am Hostas, the Diamond of the Garden with Kathy Sisson at the Apple Barn in West Simsbury. Light refreshments. Guests $10. simsburygardenclub.org
March 10, 2018 (Sat) 8 am ORGANICONN - CT NOFA's Winter Conference at Western CT State University in Danbury. Workshops, vendors and lunch prepared by local restaurants. All things organic in farms, food and gardens. ctnofa.org/winterconference/
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.
Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Call 413.298.3926, email info@berkshirebotanical.org or visit berkshirebotanical.org
  • Feb. 3, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 1 pm Native Seed Starting with Dottie "Lou" Kratt. $15/$25
  • Feb. 10, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 1 pm Tree Care For Gardeners & Homeowners with Tom Ingersoll. $35/$45
  • March 10, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 12 pm Vegetable & Annual Flower Seed Starting with Ron Kujawski. $15/$25
  • March 18, 2018 (Sun) 11 am to 12:30 pm Veggie Garden Remix with Niki Jabbour. Includes a booksigning. $5/$15
  • March 24, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 1:00 pm Container Gardening with Jenna O’Brien. $25/$35
  • April 7, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 3:00 pm Pruning For Fruit Production: Pome & Stone Fruit Trees with Steve McKay. $45/$55
  • April 14, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 1:30 pm Spring Pruning of Woody Ornamental Plants with Ron Yaple. $25/$35
  • April 21, 2018 (Sat) 10 to 11:30 am War on Weeds - Controlling Invasive Plants with Teri Dunn Chase. $15/$25
  • April 28, 2018 (Sat) 9:30 am to 1:30 pm Transplanting Shrubs & Planting Small Ornamental Trees with Ken Gooch. $15/$25
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
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
  • Dec. 18 (Mon) 6:30-8:30 pm Holiday Centerpiece Workshop. Bring gloves and pruners. $46.
  • Feb. 22, 2018 (Thurs) 10 am to 1 pm Heirloom Apple Grafting for the Home Gardener with Adam Wheeler. Bring a bag lunch. $39.
  • Feb. 28, 2018 (Wed) 10 am to 1 pm Conifer Grafting for the Home Gardener with Adam Wheeler. Bring a bag lunch. $39.
  • March 11, 2018 (Sun) 12:30 to 2 pm Magical Witches of Winter with Adam Wheeler. $15.
Butternut Gardens 54 Butternut Lane, Southport, CT 06890
Pre-registration required. Visit www.butternutgardens.com for workshop information and sign-ups.
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.

  • Dec. 20 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Progress Toward Biocontrol of Emerald Ash Borer with Dr. Juli Gould, USDA.
  • Jan. 3, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Nanoparticles for Plant Disease Control with Dr. Wade Elmer, CAES.
  • Jan. 17, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Bioavailability of Pollutants in Ingested Particles: An in vitro gastrointestinal model applied to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soot with Dr. Joseph Pignatello, CAES.
  • Jan. 31, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Climate Impacts on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the Northeast with Dr. Carole Cheah, CAES.
  • Feb. 14, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Modeling Translocation and Metabolism in Plants with Dr. Martin Gent, CAES.
  • Feb. 21, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Nanoscale Oral Delivery Systems Made from All Natural Ingredients and Their Potential Applications in Functional Foods with Dr. Yangchao Luo, UConn.
  • Feb. 28, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Fungal Evolution and Ethnomycology with Dr. DeWei Li, CAES.
  • March 15, 2018 (Thurs) 12 to 1 pm Do Plants from Commercial Nurseries Have Pesticides in Their Pollen? Dr. Kimberly Stoner, CAES
  • March 28, 2018 (Thurs) 12 to 1 pm Dr. Scott Williams, CAES.
  • April 11, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Willows Beyond Wetlands - Uses of Salix L. Species for Ecosystem Services with Dr. Julia Kuzovkina, UConn.
  • April 25, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Soil Protists - Enhancing the Growth of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria with Dr. Dan Gage, UConn.
  • May 9, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Toxin-Antitoxin Systems - Implications for Plant Disease. Dr. Teja Shidore, CAES.
  • May 23, 2018 (Wed) 12 to 1 pm Select Agent Analysis at CAES with Dr. Christina Robb, CAES.
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.
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 ctdaylilyclub.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.
  • Jan. 20, 2018 (Sat) 12 to 3 pm Nick Chase
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. Non-members $10. Doors open at 7 PM for socializing, browsing books and fliers, raffles, and asking plant questions. For more information call (860) 529-8713, email connhort@gmail.com or go to www.cthort.org
  • Jan. 18, 2018 (Thurs) 7:30 pm Dawn Pettinelli - Soil, Sense & Sustainability
  • Feb. 15, 2018 (Thurs) 7:30 pm Don Leopold - Terrestrial Orchids
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
  • Jan. 17, 2018 (Wed) 4-5 pm Transitioning to Ecological Landscape Practices - Toxin-Free Landscapes. Webinar with Edwina von Gal. Free / $10
  • Jan. 24, 2018 (Wed) 7-8 pm Invasive Plants: What Are They? And What Can Be Done? Webinar with Bruce Wenning. Free
  • Feb. 1, 2018 (Thurs) 4-5 pm Landscape Maintenance Practices for Native Bees. Webinar with Sam Droege. Free / $10
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.
  • Dec. 23 (Sat) 10 to 11:30 am Gardener's Roundtable. Free. RSVP recommended.
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, 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.
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/
New Canaan Nature Center 144 Oeneke Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
Call 203.966.9577 or visit www.newcanaannature.org
  • Feb. 1, 2018 (Thurs) 10 am to 3 pm Perennial Plant Combinations with Sheri Forster. $79/$85. 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.
  • Nov. 13, 2017 to April 8, 2018 Designing with Native Plants. Self-paced online. $70/$85
  • Jan. 3, 2018 to March 31, 2018 Live Webinar Series - Creating Native Neighborhoods: Working Together to Connect the Habitat Dots with Rebecca Lindenmeyr. Four sessions. $40/$50
  • Jan. 24, 2018 (Wed) 6:30-7:30 pm Live Webinar - Wild & Wonderful Natives with Dan Jaffe. $10/$13
  • Jan. 30, 2018 (Tues) 12-1 pm Live Webinar - Rocky Outcrops & Talus Slopes with Elizabeth Farnsworth. $10/$13
  • Feb. 6, 2018 (Tues) 12-1 pm Live Webinar - Bogs & Fens with Elizabeth Farnsworth. $10/$13
  • Feb. 8, 2018 (Thurs) 6:30-7:30 pm Live Webinar - Sustainable Seed Collection of Common Native Species with Michael Piantedosih. $10/$13
  • Feb. 21, 2018 (Wed) 1-2 pm Live Webinar - Our Dynamic Flora with Arthur Haines. $10/$13
  • Feb. 21, 2018 (Wed) 3-4 pm Live Webinar - New England Plant Conservation in Practice. $10/$13
  • Feb. 28, 2018 (Wed) 6:30-7:30 pm Live Webinar - Weaving Texture into the Garden 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
  • Jan. 20, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 12 pm A Garden Design Primer with Daryl Beyers. $39/$45
  • Jan. 27 & Feb. 3, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 2:30 pm Garden Design Workshop with Daryl Beyers. $225/$249
  • Feb. 1, 2018 (Thurs) 10:30 am to 3 pm Perennial Plant Combinations with Sheri Forster at the New Canaan Nature Center. $79/$85
  • Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2018 (Fri) 10 am to 1 pm Fundamentals of Gardening with Daryl Beyers. $295/$325
  • Feb. 10, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 5 pm Wake Up Your Garden Saturday with Daryl Beyers, Manny Grossman and Michael Ruggiero. Three sections, each $39/$45
  • Feb. 16, 2018 (Fri) 10 am to 12 pm Naturalistic Landscape Design with Duncan Brine. $59/$65
  • Feb. 24, 2018 (Sat) 10 am to 5 pm Wake Up Your Garden Saturday at the New Canaan Nature Center with Daryl Beyers, Richard Rosiello and Michael Ruggiero. Three sections, each $39/$45
  • Feb. 26, 2018 (Mon) 6-8 pm A Garden Design Primer with Daryl Beyers (Midtown). $39/$45
  • Feb. 28, 2018 (Wed) 10:30 am to 3 pm Perennial Plant Combinations with Richard Rosiello. $79/$85
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
Rhododendron Society of Connecticut CAES Valley Lab, 153 Cook Hill Road, Windsor, CT 06095
Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://ctrhododendronsociety.org
  • Jan. 2, 2018 (Tues) 7:30 pm Members will present images and discuss their gardens or gardens they have visited.
  • Feb. 6, 2018 (Tues) 7:30 pm Joe Bruso from the Mass Chapter will discuss hybridizing.
  • March 6, 2018 (Tues) 7:30 pm Steve Hootman, executive and curator of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, will discuss their efforts and his explorations.
  • April 20, 2018 (Fri) Annual Spring Banquet & Auction at the Pond House in West Hartford.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505-0598
www.towerhillbg.org
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
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.
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.