Area Events

Upcoming Events

ALPHABETICAL LISTING

  •   BBG – Berkshire Botanical Garden – berkshirebotanical.org – Oct 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8 Garden Film Series – Nov. 11 Rooted in Place
  • Capital District Garden & Flower ShowGardenAndFlowerShow.com – March 22-24, 2019 in Troy, NY
  •   Cary Institute – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies – www.caryinstitute.org
  • CACIWC – Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions – www.caciwc.org– Nov. 17 Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference
  •   CIPWG – Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group: www.cipwg.uconn.edu
  •    CT NOFA – Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut – ctnofa.org – 203-308-2584 – Nov. 12-15 Accreditation Course – Dec. 11 Annual Gathering of Landscapers
  •   GBC – Greenwich Botanical Center – www.gecgreenwich.org – 203-869-9242 – Oct. 17 Historic Walk
  • Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington, Ct 06793 – 860-868-2200 – hollisterhousegarden.org – Sept. 29 Harvest Fest – Oct. 6 Planning the Late Season Garden
  •   NCNC – New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840 – 203-966-9577 – www.NewCanaanNature.org
  •   NEWFS – New England Wild Flower Society, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701 – www.newenglandwild.org
  • NYBG – New York Botanical Garden – nybg.org – Oct. 1, 15 & Nov. 5 Landscape Design Lecture Series – Oct. 26 Floral Design Showcase
  • UConn Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program: www.ipm.uconn.edu
  •   UConn College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources – www.uconn.edu – Oct. 16, 18, 23, 25 Master Composter Program – Oct. 20 Worm Day
  •    UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program – French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst, MA 01003 – 413 – 545-0895 – www.UMassGreenInfo.org – Monthly Messages – October Green School
  • UMass Garden Calendar Now Available! – umassgardencalendar.org

BY DATE
• SEPT – Landscape Message
The LANDSCAPE MESSAGE for September 21, 2018 has been posted. https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/landscape-message-sep-21-2018
UMass Extension’s LANDSCAPE MESSAGE is a regular update to inform and help guide Green Industry professionals in the management of our collective landscape.

• SEPT 20 and onward –  New England Wildflower Society Plant Sale
Plant sale at Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm. Up to 40% off. See www.newenglandwild.org

• OCT 4 – CIPWG SYMPOSIUM:
Invasive Plants in Uncertain Times: Achieving More with Less
Presented by the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG)
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Student Union, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
The following Pesticide Recertification Credits and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available at the CIPWG Invasive Plant Symposium:

  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Pesticide Applicator Recertification: 5 Credit Hours in the following categories: PA, ALL (available for New England states)
  • Certified Connecticut Forest Practitioners Continuing Education: 1.5 CEUs
  • Certified Master Gardeners can receive 2 Advanced Master Gardener (AMG) class Credits.
  • Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional (CANP) [Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association]: 1 Credit
  • Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH) [MA Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc.]: 1 Credit
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCP): 4 Credits
  • Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist (RICH) [RI Nursery and Landscape Association]: 1 Credit
  • Subject matter appropriate for 4.25 hours of continuing education for Connecticut-licensed landscape architects.
  • Tree Wardens Association of Connecticut: 5.00 CEUs

Online registration for the CIPWG symposium is available. Visit the CIPWG website or click here to register online. The symposium program and directions can be found on the CIPWG website.
This 9th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat. The symposium is open to the public and will include introductory information about invasive plants. People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend.
REGISTRATION FEE: $65; $25 – STUDENT (must bring current ID)
Attendees are advised to register early, as the last symposium had record attendance and sold out in advance with 500 attendees.
For additional information, please contact Donna Ellis at 860-486-6448; donna.ellis@uconn.edu.

• OCT 6 – Planning the Late Season Garden
Join beloved author and passionate gardener Page Dickey at Hollister House Graden on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am as she recommends the perennials, shrubs and small trees to buy and plant in your garden for fall interest. This season is often overlooked but with the right plant selection exciting things can happen. Visit https://hollisterhousegarden.org/events/ for more information and to register for this event.

• OCT 8 – Early-Bird Rate Deadline – classes start OCT 29
UMass Extension’s GREEN SCHOOL
Early-bird Rate Extended until October 8 – and you can now register using a credit card!
Classes start October 29
When: Oct. 29 – Dec. 13, 2018, twice weekly from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Doubletree Hotel, 11 Beaver St, Milford, MA.
Every two years, UMass Extension offers it’s popular Green School, a comprehensive 12-day certificate short course for Green Industry professionals taught by UMass Extension Specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty. This course will not be offered again until 2020.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, AS SPACE IS LIMITED! ag.umass.edu/landscape/education/umass-extensions-green-school
Designed for landscapers, lawn care specialists, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists and others in the green industry, our comprehensive course is for horticultural professionals who want to gain an understanding of economically feasible and environmentally responsible plant and land care practices and the relation of those practices to protecting the environment. Both experienced professionals as well as those entering the green industries will benefit from this course.
THREE SPECIALTY TRACKS ARE OFFERED
* Landscape Management
* Turf Management
* Arboriculture – specifically geared toward professional arborists
Students learn about sensible and sustainable methods of plant and land care as well as responsible nutrient and pest management. They learn scientifically sound information that enables them to make better purchasing and management decisions, and to be better stewards of the environment. The curriculum, which emphasizes a systems-based approach to plant care, is based on current research and focuses on environmental stewardship, Best Management Practices (BMPs) and integrated pest management (IPM). Students develop an understanding of how proper management practices can enhance conservation of precious natural resources such as soil and water.
Instruction is done via classroom style lecture and interactive activities, and is supplemented through online resources via an online learning management system.
Find the full schedule and info on registration at http://ag.umass.edu/landscape/education/umass-extensions-green-school
In addition, Green School is helpful for people preparing to take the following professional certification exams:
* Massachusetts Certified Arborist (MCA) offered by the Massachusetts Arborist Association
* Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH) offered by the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association
* Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional (MCLP) offered by the Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals
Cost: Early bird rate ($925) ends 9/24/18 ($925 after 9/24/18). The deadline for applications is October 15, 2018.
For more information or to have a registration form mailed, call UMass Extension at 413-545-0895.

• OCT 13 – BBG and BIFF Co-Host Garden Film Series
Our Garden Film Series begins October 13 with the screening of Five Seasons — The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. 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.
October 13: Five Seasons — The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
Tickets are $35 per event and can be reserved by calling 413 354-8410

• OCT 15 – NYBG 20th Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series
Three Mondays: October 1 & 15 and November 5
Time, Place, & Story: Design at the Crossroads
For the 20th anniversary of this series, we invite you to hear from three innovative leaders in the field of contemporary landscape design. From the tireless advocacy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation to the timeless designs of Reed Hilderbrand and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the collective work of this year’s speakers demonstrates a steadfast dedication to ensuring that the public has access to beautiful landscapes that heal the land, tell powerful stories, and celebrate history, culture, and ecology.
MON, OCT 15 – Beka Sturges: Giving Voice to the Land

• OCT 16, 18, 23 & 26 – UConn 2018 Master Composter Program
Almost 25% of household waste can be recycled through composting. The purpose of the UConn Master Composter program is to educate and train residents about the basics of small scale composting and in exchange for the training, volunteers will pass on their knowledge to others through outreach activities such as talks, demonstrations, tabling at events, providing promotional activities, working with schools or community gardens etc. Master Composter classes will be held at the Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon. There will be 4 week night lectures (October 16, 18, 23 & 25), Worm Day (Oct 20) and 2 Saturday field trips with only one being mandatory. The cost of the program is $100. The Master Composter brochure with registration information is available at www.ladybug.uconn.edu or www.soiltest.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-4274 for more information.

• OCT 17 – A Historic Walk in the Pinetum Park
Wednesday, October 17 @ 1:00 PM – Free to members, $10 non-members
Join Lisa Beebe, Director of Horticulture of the Greenwich Botanical Center as you look at how the landscape has changed over the past 75 years. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. For more information or to register click HERE

• OCT 20 – Worm Day – UConn Home & Garden Education Center – ww.uconn.edu
WORM DAY will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Tolland County Agricultural Center from 10 am to 2 pm.
Want to learn more about invasive earthworms in Connecticut? Ever thought about making a worm bin to recycle kitchen scraps into rich vermicompost? Join us for Worm Day! It is free and open to the public. Following presentations on beneficial and invasive earthworms, and how to make and care for a worm bin, folks are invited to make their own worm bins. Attendees supply the materials and we will supply the worms. A $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the worms. Go to www.ladybug.uconn.edu or www.soiltest.uconn.edu for more information. Please RSVP as we need to know how many worms to bring!

• OCT 26 – Floral Design Showcase with Putnam & Putnam at NYBG
Master floral designers Darroch and Michael Putnam, whose opulent arrangements were recently featured in a 14-page spread in Vogue, return to NYBG in October, taking to the Ross Hall stage for a large-scale floral demonstration and an in-depth discussion of their vision and process. They’ll also be signing copies of their newly published reference book, the lavishly illustrated Flower Color Guide

• Nov. 1 – END of FREE SHIPPING for UMass Garden Calendars
University of Massachusetts Extension’s popular 2019 UMass Garden Calendar Now Available at umassgardencalendar.org
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.
Shipping is FREE on orders of 9 or fewer calendars – FREE SHIPPING ENDS NOV 1!
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 umassgardencalendar.org 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.

• NOV 5 – NYBG 20th Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series
Three Mondays: October 1 & 15 and November 5
Time, Place, & Story: Design at the Crossroads
For the 20th anniversary of this series, we invite you to hear from three innovative leaders in the field of contemporary landscape design. From the tireless advocacy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation to the timeless designs of Reed Hilderbrand and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the collective work of this year’s speakers demonstrates a steadfast dedication to ensuring that the public has access to beautiful landscapes that heal the land, tell powerful stories, and celebrate history, culture, and ecology.
MON, NOV 5 – Thomas Woltz: At the Interface of Ecology and Culture

• SAT, NOV 10 – 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.
November 10: The Gardener – a documentary reflecting on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives featuring Les Quatre Vents – the private garden of influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot
Tickets are $35 per event and can be reserved by calling 413 354-8410

• SUN, NOV 11 – BBG -Rooted in Place: 3rd Annual Ecological Gardening Symposium, Berkshire Botanical Garden
For more information, go to https://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events/rooted-place-3rd-annual-ecological-gardening-symposium

• NOV 12-15 – Accreditation Course for Organic Land Care at Goodwin College in East Hartford – Scholarships Available!
Attendees will earn an organic land care credential – NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) – and will join a fast growing industry with the only credential of its kind in the US.

• Sat., Nov. 17 – 41st Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference
“Examining Climate Trends in the Northeast and Their Impacts on Riverine and Coastal Flood Behavior”
Location: Red Lion Hotel / Cromwell, CT
CEUs pending for SWS Recertification, CT DEEP, and RIDEM credits. Subject matter appropriate for continuing education credits for Connecticut-licensed landscape architects.
Registration (includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and workshops):
– CACIWC members (staff or members of CACIWC member commissions in good standing): $60
– Non-Members: $85
Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions
www.caciwc.org

• 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

• MARCH 22-24, 2019 – Capital District Garden & Flower Show – Troy, NY – GardenAndFlowerShow.com
2019 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
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%