Area Events

Upcoming Events

 ASLA– American Society of Landscape Gardeners –

  BBG – Berkshire Botanical Garden – Dec. 8 Garden Film Series

Capital District Garden & Flower ShowGardenAndFlowerShow.comMarch 22-24, 2019 in Troy, NY – Register now as a speaker, demonstration, marketplace, exhibits, competitions, or advertising:

  Cary Institute – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies –

CACIWC – Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions –

  CIPWG – Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group:

   CT NOFA – Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut – – 203-308-2584 – Dec. 11 Annual Gathering of Landscapers; Feb. 23 OrganiCONN Winter Conference

  GBC – Greenwich Botanical Center – – 203-869-9242 – Dec. 12 Holiday Winter White Centerpiece

Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington, Ct 06793 – 860-868-2200 –

  NCNC – New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840 – 203-966-9577 – – Jan. 31 Perennial Plant Combinations; Feb. 23 Wake Up Your Garden

  NEWFS – New England Wild Flower Society, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701 –

NYBG – New York Botanical Garden – Dec. 18 Japanese Spatial Concepts; Jan. 22 Designer’s Eye; Feb. 19 Planting for a Changing Climate; March 19 Sakonnet Garden

Trade Secrets Rare Plant & Garden Antiques annual event to benefit Women’s Support Services – www.tradesecretsct.comMay 18 & 19, 2019

UConn Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program:

  UConn College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources –

   UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program – French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst, MA 01003 – 413 – 545-0895 – www.UMassGreenInfo.orgMonthly Messages;

UMass Garden Calendar Now Available! –



• UMass Landscape Message
The LANDSCAPE MESSAGE is posted monthly at
UMass Landscape Message

• UMass Garden Calendars
University of Massachusetts Extension’s popular 2019 UMass Garden Calendar Now Available at
The 2019 UMass Garden Calendar features the use of tomography to identify internal decay in trees.
Many people also love the daily tips and find the daily sunrise/sunset times highly useful!
COST: $14, bulk pricing is available on orders of 10 copies or more.
Gardening is enjoyed by so many people — it can ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your mood! To help keep your plants healthy, productive, and beautiful, the 2019 UMass Garden Calendar offers helpful guidelines, daily tips, and an inspiring garden image each month!
For many years, UMass Extension has worked with the citizens of Massachusetts to help them make sound choices about growing, planting and maintaining plants in their landscapes, including vegetables, backyard fruits, and ornamental plants. Our 2019 calendar continues UMass Extension’s tradition of providing gardeners with useful information. This year’s calendar features the use of tomography to identify internal decay in mature trees that do not yet show any visible symptoms of damage, making it difficult to assess their potential risk in urban and suburban settings.
Go to to see images from this year’s calendar and online ordering, the chart for bulk discounts, and an printable order form, or call (413) 545-0895 (info only, we can’t take orders over the phone).
As always, each month features:
* An inspiring garden image.
* Daily gardening tips for Northeast growing conditions.
* Daily sunrise and sunset times.
* Phases of the moon.
* Plenty of room for notes.
* Low gloss paper for easy writing.

• DEC 8 – BBG and BIFF Co-Host Garden Film Series
Our Garden Film Series is open to BBG and BIFF members, admission includes a boxed lunch from Haven Cafe in Lenox, the film screening, and post-screening discussion. All three film events begin at noon and are held in BBG’s Center House.
December 8: The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand
Tickets are $35 per event and can be reserved by calling 413 354-8410

• DEC 11 – NOFA’s 14th Annual Gathering of Landscapers “sus-tain-a-bil-i-ty – Discovering the True Definition, Defining the New Paradigm” – in Southbury CT – details to come. Early registration is $100 until Oct. 15

• WED, DEC 12 – GBC -Floral Design Class with Trish O’Sullivan –  Holiday Winter White Centerpiece: English Garden Roses/Master Class
Elegant English Garden & Spray Roses, Dutch Ranunculus, Italian Lisianthus, Dutch Hydrangea, White Hypericum Berries, Silvery Dusty Miller, Princess Pines Branches & Pine Cones, Spiral and Flat Leaf Eucalyptus Branches with Berries in Silver Faux Mercury pedestal container.

Floral Design with Trish O’Sullivan

Wednesday, DECEMBER 12    10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Registration online deadline: December 7
Late registration contract Trish: text 917-328 4893
MEMBERS: Materials Fee:  $100 Class Fee: $100 Total $200
NON-MEMBERS: Materials Fee:  $100 Class Fee: $120 Total $220
Gallery viewing: M $20  N/M $25 Limited Seating
Leave class with a holiday arrangement with the “wow” factor.

• TUES., DEC 18 – Yoko Kawai: Mindfulness & Japanese Spatial Concepts at NYBG

Dec. 18 – Yoko Kawai at NYBG

Why do we feel contemplative in Japanese gardens and architecture? Can our physical environment foster mindfulness? Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture, examines how Japanese spatial concepts such as ma (in-between-ness), utsuroi (transience), and yugen (the unknown) create the mind-body-space relationship that is instrumental to mindfulness. Elements of tea gardens and teahouses are introduced as examples. Register at: Mindfulness at NYBG

• TUES., JAN 22 – Lynden B. Miller: The Designer’s Eye at NYBG

Jan. 22 – Lynden Miller at NYBG

Drawing on her experiences designing more than 45 New York City public spaces, and a lifetime of challenges in her own garden, Lynden B. Miller shares how she looks at a site—what’s there and what could be—and how she visualizes what plants are needed to achieve her goals. Her training as a painter is a key to educating her eye for garden design. Her lushly illustrated talk will showcase practical ideas for successful gardens that look good in every season. The purpose of her work is to give city dwellers beauty and pleasure in well-maintained public places. Register at: Lynden Miller at NYBG

• THURS., JAN 31 – NYBG: Perennial Plant Combinations at New Canaan Nature Center

NCNC presents:  NYBG Perennial Plant Combinations

Thursday, January 31
10:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining plants to create a harmonious look for your garden come spring. Please bring lunch. With Sheri Forster. REGISTER

• TUES., FEB 19 – Travis Beck: Planting for a Changing Climate at NYBG

Feb. 19 – Travis Beck at NYBG

As temperatures rise and precipitation patterns shift, it is essential for designers to consider how to select, place, and care for plants that will thrive in today’s conditions, as well as tomorrow’s. Landscape architect, plantsman, and author Travis Beck discusses how to create dynamic and resilient plant communities that will flourish in the landscape for years to come. Register at: Changing Climate at NYBG

• SAT., FEB 23 – OrganiCONN – CT NOFA’s 37th Winter Conference
New location: Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport

CT NOFA is excited to announce a new venue for our 2019 OrganiCONN Winter Conference. Save the date – February 23 – for our 37th annual event, to be held at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. This is the largest gathering of organic farmers, foodies, gardeners, and organic advocates in Connecticut. In addition to more than 40 organic garden, farm, and food-themed workshops, the 2019 Winter Conference will continue to include a locally-sourced lunch prepared by Connecticut chefs and over 75 vendors of farm goods and crafts. Visit for ticket information, volunteer and presenter opportunities, or to register to become a vendor.

• SAT., FEB 23 – NYBG: Wake Up Your Garden at New Canaan Nature Center

NCNC presents:  NYBG Gardening Workshops To Wake Up Your Garden

Saturday, February 23
10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Spring Gardeners Task List 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Spring cleaning in the garden can be fun. Get shrub and herbaceous borders spruced up and looking good! Review a checklist of tasks to be performed during spring maintenance, ranging from raking off winter mulch to looking for signs of winter injury and noting where gaps in the garden can be filled. All this gives your garden a head start on a great growing season. With Daryl Beyers.

Soil Basics: Get it Right! 12:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.
If you get your soil right from the start, your garden will explode in lushness. Rich, nutritious soil makes for large, healthy plants and reduces the need for regular fertilization. Learn the difference between soil structure and texture; how these differences affect plant growth; and how you can modify your soil to improve its qualities. Give your garden a solid foundation, and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come. With Richard Rosiello.

Pruning: Shape-Up For Spring 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Are you intimidated by the idea of pruning? March is a great time to get your woody plants in shape by thinning out overgrowth to create open, healthy, beautiful trees and shrubs. Learn how and when to prune, the tools needed for the job, why pruning is necessary, and the difference between maintenance and rejuvenation pruning. With Michael Ruggiero.


• TUES., MARCH 19 – John Gwynne: Sakonnet Garden: Current Design Experiments at NYBG

March 19 – John Gwynne at NYBG

Sakonnet Garden is a long-term personal experiment with plants and planting design. While working in New York, John Gwynne and his partner, Mikel Folcarelli, built a hidden garden in coastal Rhode Island that evolved into a series of intimate garden rooms, each reflecting an experimental approach to light, space, color, rare plants, and whimsical discovery. Gwynne will share the outside-the-box design and horticultural objectives behind his admittedly “eccentric labor of love.” Register at: Sakonnet Garden at NYBG

• MARCH 22-24, 2019 – Capital District Garden & Flower Show – Troy, NY –
You are invited to participate in the 32nd Annual Capital District Garden and Flower Show to be held March 22-24 at the Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY. This year’s theme is Vintage. Each year the show attracts approximately 15-16,000 garden and flower enthusiasts from all over the region.
Register now: Exhibitors, speakers, demonstrators, competition, marketplace, or advertisers:
Show Features
Average annual attendance is 14-16,000
17,000 square feet of garden exhibits (hockey rink)
Over 80 exhibits entered in the Floral Competition (lobby)
Over 50 hours of lectures and demonstrations
188 Marketplace Exhibitors (field house)
Marketplace exhibitor renewal rate is over 80%

• MAY 18 & 19, 2019 – Trade Secrets Save the date!
The Trade Secrets Rare Plant & Garden Antiques sale is Saturday, May 18, 2019 at LionRock Farm, Rt. 41 & Hosier Road, Sharon, CT. Early buying begins at 8am, regular admission is 10am and late bloomer at 1pm. The sale runs until 3pm.
The Trade Secrets Garden Tour is on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 10am – 4pm. For the privacy of our garden owners, we do not publish the physical address of the gardens online. The map will be mailed to you with your ticket. If you would like a copy of the directions for the garden tours, call the Women’s Support Services office at (860) 364-1080, Mon-Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm. We will be happy to email or mail you a copy.