Area Events

Upcoming Events


 ASLA– American Society of Landscape Gardeners – Feb. 21 Aesthetics Meets Function: Outdoor Kitchens, Exterior Lighting, Walls & Other Challenges

 BBG – Berkshire Botanical Garden – Feb. 16 Raising Nucs; Feb. 16 Genus Geranium; Feb. 23 Maple Sugaring at Home; March 4-29 Bulb Show

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 – Feb. 23 OrganiCONN Winter Conference

 GBC – Greenwich Botanical Center – – 203-869-9242 – Jan. 26 Beekeeping 101; Feb. 13 Valentine Topiary with Trish O’Sullivan

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

Mad Gardeners – madgardeners.org2019 SYMPOSIUM! Sat., March 2 from 8:30am to 3pm at HVRHS, Falls Village, CT – download the brochure HERE 

 NCNC – New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840 – 203-966-9577 – – NYBG Classes: Feb. 23 Wake Up Your Garden; March 2 Pruning; March 7 Intro to Landscape Design

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

NYBG – New York Botanical Garden – Dec. 18 Japanese Spatial Concepts; 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; Feb. 7 Spotted Lanternfly Preparedness Conference; Feb. 13 Tick Talk Webinar – also on March 13, April 10, May 8, Oct 9; Feb. 22 Tree Health Update

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The 2019 UMass Garden Calendar features the use of tomography to identify internal decay in trees.

• WED., Feb. 13 – UMASS Ext: Tick Talk Free Webinar 12 – 1pm
A FREE live webinar series by Dr. Stephen Rich, Director of the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in February, March, April, May, and October 2019 from noon to 1pm.  Preregistration is required to access the webinars. Register for “Ticks and Personal Protection” at:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. There will be no pesticide contact hours or association credits for these free webinars. More information HERE

• WED., Feb. 13 – GBC: Valentine Red Ruffled Garden Rose Topiary with Red Velvet Ribbon at 10am – 12:30pm

Join Trish O’Sullivan to sculpture a romantic topiary with Dutch “Hearts” ruffled roses. The beauty of this large garden rose with a velvet texture is breathtaking . . . a rose named “Hearts” is simply perfect for Valentines Day. Easy tips on crafting a Valentine’s topiary with artistic placement of bells of Ireland and bud moss will be presented with a step-by-step demonstration and hands-on instruction, insuring dazzling floral art success. Leave class with an opulent “Hearts” rose topiary, hand-tied with a lush velvet ribbon in a silver container, blooming with the message of love. Members $195 / Non-members $215 – More information & registration HERE.

• SAT., Feb. 16 – BBG: Raising Nucs – A Valuable Skill for all Beekeepers at 10am to 12pm
Most beekeepers lose some colonies every year and will need replacement colonies. Raising your own nucs allows the beekeeper to accomplish several things at the same time: swarming can be controlled, varroa mites can be partially managed, and great replacement colonies and queens can be produced with minimal investment. It also is a very enjoyable and rewarding pursuit. In this talk, Jack Rath, the Betterbee queen rearing and nuc production program manager, will focus on the theory and practice of nucleus production with an emphasis on later season nucs for overwintering.
Jack Rath currently manages the queen rearing and nuc production program at Betterbee in Greenwich, NY. Jack started keeping bees in 1968 with a beginners kit and package bees bought from the Montgomery Wards Catalog. He received his DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from Cornell University in 1978 and from 1979 to 2012 practiced veterinary medicine treating dairy cattle and horses. Jack became co-owner at Betterbee in 2012 and currently lives with his with wife Sarah in West Pawlet, VT.
$10 members / $15 non-members – more info & registration HERE

• SAT., Feb. 16 – BBG: The Genus Geranium – Hardy Cranesbills for Every Garden at 2 to 4pm
Not to be confused with the tender Pelargonium species, the hardy Cranesbills are a diverse group of plants in habitat, foliage and flower suited to practically every gardening situation. The medley of Cranesbills offers up a profusion of blooms in early summer while the fascinating foliage patterns, markings and fall color can provide three-season interest. As manager of the Countess von Zeppelin Nursery in Germany and Director of Horticulture at White Flower Farm, Mr. Herman cultivated over 30 species and cultivars of the genus Geranium. He will share his knowledge and provide advice on selecting and raising some of the best plants for New England gardens.
Robert Herman has over 25 years of experience as a professional horticulturist, almost 7 of which were spent in Europe as “Meister” for the Countess von Zeppelin Nursery in Germany. He served in the horticulture and education departments at the Missouri Botanical Garden; at White Flower Farm he was Director of Horticulture. From 1999-2007, he lead his own international consulting business, Uncommon Plants, specializing in perennials for gardens and green roofs – more info & registration HERE

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

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

• THURS., Feb. 21 – ASLA: Aesthetics Meets Function: Outdoor Kitchens, Exterior Lighting, Walls & Other Challenges for Designers at 9am – 4pm
Thursday, Feb. 21 (snow date: Feb. 28) from 9am-4pm (followed by a cocktail party, hosted by O&G)
Where: O&G Industries Earth Products Showcase, 325 Hancock Ave., Bridgeport, CT
Program registered with LACES (5.5 PDH/HSW) and AIA-CES (5.5 LU/HSW)

• FRI., Feb. 2 – CAPE COD EXT: Tree Health Update at 9am – 2pm
This one-day workshop is geared towards the industry professional, featuring four guest speakers and topics surrounding the health of trees.  Credits: 3 Pesticide re-certification contact hours in categories: Applicators License (00), 29, 35, and 36
Other CEU’s pending: ISA, MCA, MCLP, AOLCP, SAF & MCH. Cost: $60.00 (includes lunch and refreshments). Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Registration deadline is Feb. 18 For detailed information and registration form, go HERE, call 508-375-6638, or email

• SAT., Feb. 23 – BBG: Maple Sugaring at Home at 10am – 12:30pm
This workshop will demonstrate the beloved New England tradition of making maple syrup at home, using the sugar bush on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Chris Wellens, Director of Education at BBG, will cover all aspects of maple sugaring: identifying suitable trees, the when and how of collecting sap, the boiling down process for the home setting, and preserving the syrup for year-round use. Participants will walk through the BBG sugarbush, install spiles, consider collection schedules, and boil down the maple sap to syrup. A tasting will follow.  Chris Wellens, Director Education at BBG, is an experienced home maple syrup maker. He educates the community about the environment, gardening, beekeeping, and agriculture. $25 members / $35 non-members – more info & registration HERE

• 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 @ NCNC: Wake Up Your Garden at 10 am – 5 pm

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready to start the growing season right. Gain insights into getting the soil prepped and ready to go, best pruning practices, and waking up the garden after winter. Have the healthiest, best-looking garden in your neighborhood! Register for one or all 3 classes HERE

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 Richard Rosiello.


• SAT., MARCH 2 – Mad Gardeners Annual Symposium
JUST US: Mad Gardeners Working with the Land, Part 1

Featured speakers include:

Helen Dimos: Evolution of a Designer’s Personal Garden
Helen will talk about how her garden evolved after moving in 1995 from New York City to a 2.5 acre property in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The property contains an intact colonial saltbox listed on the National Register of Historic Places and situated on lovely open land.

Catharine Cooke: One Designer’s Process
Design….What does that word mean, what does it mean to be a “Landscape Designer”? To me, it means to be aware of the whole. Not one plant, not one garden, not one tree, not one patio. It is a process of absorbing the whole picture: the land, the architecture, the surrounding area and/or neighborhood, and then, taking it all apart. What is this process? How does it happen? ‘Designer’s block’? (hint—yes, it exists) How photos help—a lot. What is de-construction & why does it matter? I will attempt to explain what this means to me as a landscape designer; both with hardscaping and garden design. I will take you through some projects that were easy and not easy and share my mistakes and successes.

photo: Catharine Cooke

“Artists…can see patterns and details and connections that other people, distracted by the blur of life, might miss. Just sharing that truth can be a very powerful thing.” —Jay-Z

Laura Rissolo: Becoming Wild

More than I make gardens, I am made by the garden. Landscape provides us with our humanness, our wildness. Regardless. If we cannot act wildly—with innate integrity and within healthy boundarsies—nature shifts and provides us limits. This talk will realize the wild as guide to balanced gardening.

Click on the image below to download the symposium flyer:

2019 Symposium

To register after February 26, call 860-355-1547 or email to Registration at the door is usually possible but depends on enrollment. Same day enrollment may not include lunch.

Recertification credits: NOFA and APLD will each credit 4 CEU’s for this symposium. We are waiting to hear from DEEP about recertification credit for Connecticut private applicator, ornamental and turf, and arborist licenses. We expect them to be approved. Check this website or contact Eileen Mulvihill, , to check on approvals.

• SAT., MARCH 2 – NYBG @ NCNC: Pruning – How, When & Where at 10 am – 3 pm
This one-day course covers the basics of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, as well as how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners! We will discuss tool selection and maintenance, while we practice techniques using potted plants (at NYBG) and trees in the landscape (at NCNC). Class is held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and bring lunch. Info & registration HERE
Ann Perkowski | New Canaan Nature Center | 193GAR236B

• OPENING MON., MARCH 4 – BBG: Bulb Show
It’s all about spring at our annual Bulb Show March 4 through 29 featuring New England favorites and an ever-growing collection of stunning South African bulbs on display in the Fitzpatrick Greenhouse. This free event provides a well-deserved break from winter and a welcome glimpse of spring — plan several visits as the blooms develop during the month.

• THURS., MARCH 7 – NYBG @ NCNC: Intro to Landscape Design at 10 am – 1 pm
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home or who are considering a Certificate. Info & registration HERE

Sheri Forster | New Canaan Nature Center | 193LAN100D

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

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%

ONLY A FEW BOOTHS LEFT – Don’t Wait Any Longer
2019 Application (click here)  •  Marketplace Map (click here)

• 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.