Area Events


Alphabetical List of Organizations
 ASLA– American Society of Landscape Gardeners –

 BBG – Berkshire Botanical Garden –

Capital District Garden & Flower

 Cary Institute – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies –

CACIWC – Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions –

 CIPWG – Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group:

 Cornell Cooperative Extension – for information contact 518-272-4210

 CT NOFA – Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut – – 203-308-2584

 GBC – Greenwich Botanical Center – – 203-869-9242

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

Mad Gardeners –

 Nature’s Voice – White Memorial Conservation Center’s outreach show about everything Nature. Every Sunday at 2pm on WAPJ 89.9 & 105.1 FM Torrington Community Radio

 NCNC – New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840 – 203-966-9577 –

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

NYBG – New York Botanical Garden –
    – New Canaan Nature Center Classes
    – Classes at NYBG
    – Certificate Programs & Summer Intensives
    – Lectures & Symposia

Trade Secrets Rare Plant & Garden Antiques annual event to benefit Women’s Support Services –

UConn Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program:

 UConn College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources –

UMass – University of Massachusetts Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program – French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst, MA 01003 – 413 – 545-0895 –
   – Upcoming Programs & Events
   – Garden Calendar
   – Landscape Message


•   TickTalk is Back!
DATE: FEB 12 @ 12noon and continuing on the 2nd Wed. of the month
WHERE: Lenox Memorial School, 197 East St, Lenox, MA 01240
Starting in February, we will hear from Dr. Stephen Rich and the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) every month! This FREE series is brought to you by the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology and UMass Extension. TickTalk in 2020 will also feature exciting guest speakers on tick topics that you told us were important to YOU. The series will include seasonality and life stages of ticks (key to planning intervention and prevention), emerging or invasive tick species, how ticks use vegetation and leaf litter throughout their life cycle, increasing fears of Alpha-gal allergies (allergies to certain meat and animal-related products), dispelling myths of tick control, and many more. Mosquito concerns, including life cycle, behavior, and EEE infection, will also be addressed and Dr. Rich will discuss the tens of thousands of mosquitoes the LMZ tests each year for a range of viruses.

•   Webinar: Seasonal Variation in Activity and Abundance of Human-Biting Ticks
DATE: FEB 12 @ 12noon
WHERE: Online at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Rich, UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology
Throughout their ranges, human biting ticks can be found actively seeking hosts throughout the year, but the size (life stage) of ticks and their relative density varies through the seasons. In this presentation, we will cover the ticks’ life cycle and how it impacts the risk of tick-borne disease exposure. (There will be no pesticide contact hours or association credits for these free webinars.)

•   BBG Winter Lecture with Tom Coward
DATE: FEB 22 @ 2pm
WHERE: Lenox Memorial School, 197 East St, Lenox, MA 01240
COST: $35 members / $45 non-members
Tom Coward Tom Coward has worked as a gardener from the age of 15 at various gardens, but it was at Great Dixter (as Fergus Garrett’s assistant) that he believed he really honed his horticultural skills and style. In 2010, Coward joined Gravetye Manor in Sussex, England and set about the restoration of the garden, a project that has been extremely rewarding for him as a gardener.
Copies of the newest version of The Wild Garden will be available for sale along with other horticulture books and gifts. In case of inclement weather, the Lecture will be held on Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m.
LINK for information and to register

•   UMass Extension’s Pollinators in our Landscapes Conference
DATE: FEB 26 @ 9am to 3pm (snow date Feb 28)
WHERE: Doubletree Hotel, Milford, MA
COST: $95 / discount for 3 or more from the same company
UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program seeks to encourage communication between Green Industry professionals including landscapers, land managers, arborists, licensed pesticide applicators, and other landscape practitioners with professional beekeepers, researchers, and state officials who share the common goal of maintaining and encouraging pollinator health in Massachusetts. The goal of this shared day of education is not only to hear about the latest research, but also to encourage further networking between diverse groups of stakeholders who share at least one common interest: pollinator protection.
Credits: 4 Pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, 48 and Applicators License Association credits: ISA, MCA, MCLP, and MCH credits requested.
LINK for information and to register

•   39th Winter Conference – OrganiConn
DATE: March 7
WHERE: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
COST: See web site for information
Join CT NOFA for our 38th Annual Winter Conference—the largest gathering of organic farming and food enthusiasts in Connecticut..
LINK for information

Mad Gardeners Annual Symposium
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Just Us: Mad Gardeners Working with the Land, Part 2 

This is the second in a two-year series by our own excellent members, about what we—right here, right now—do in our gardens and landscapes. Our distinguished speaker lineup includes Page Dickey, Richard Rosiello, and Michael Nadeau & Robin Zitter.

You will hear very personal talks on the design process, on how gardens and gardeners grow and develop over time, and how our ever-expanding ecological awareness is affecting all that we do, supported by stunning visual examples from the speakers.


Recertification credits: Approved: CT DEEP, 3 credits for PA, 3A, and 3D and APLD.
Approval pending: NOFA Organic Land Care AOLPC.

More photos, information, and list of vendors HERE

•   The Earth In Her Hands
DATE: March 14,  4 to 5 pm
COST: $25 members / $35 non-members
Focus in a wholly unique way on how horticulture intersects with our everyday world, and on women whose work has enriched and expanded these intersections in the last 25 years. The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants by Jennifer Jewell explores and celebrates how the plant world is improved not only by greater representation of women, but also by diversity amongst those women. It chronicles how working in the world of plants is a more viable and creative career path for women than ever before and how the plant-work world is demonstrating greater social and environmental responsibility, in large part due to women’s contributions. Walking through profiles of women doing current and innovative work in all fields horticultural – botany, environmental science, landscape design and architecture, floriculture, agriculture, social justice, plant seeking and breeding, seed science, gardening, garden writing and garden photography, public garden administration, research, and public policy – we see how they often represent larger issues or shifts in our world. The work of these women illustrates how the many challenges of our world – environmental, economic, cultural/societal, individual – can be met through cultivating an interdependence with plants.
LINK for information

•   Capital District Garden & Flower Show
DATE: March 27 – 29
WHERE: Hudson Valley Community College
COST: See web site for prices ($12 – $33)
in Upstate New York is the Capital District Garden & Flower Show. You’ll see fully blooming flowers exploding with color.  You’ll hear the lullaby of trickling water from the many waterfalls and ponds.  You’ll smell the luscious fragrance from the first flowers of the season.  We welcome you to enjoy the brilliant features of the 33d Annual Capital District Garden & Flower Show.  Partial proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit Wildwood Programs.
LINK for information and tickets