Mad Gardeners


Who We Are

Mad Gardeners, Inc. is an organization of professional horticulturists and serious home gardeners. The Corporation is formed for charitable, scientific, and education purposes, including to promote and foster the appreciation and understanding of horticulture, botany, and related environmental and ecological concerns; to conduct educational programs and forums; to promote public education, the development of students, and the improvement of professional skill in the field; to provide support to schools, arboreta and other organizations qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and conduct any other activities and perform any and all acts which may be necessary, useful, suitable, or proper for the furtherance of the foregoing purposes.


Cultivating Beauty and Habitat

Symposium on Saturday, March 2, 2024

Mad Gardeners and Agricultural Education Dept. HVRHS will again host a Symposium on Saturday, March 2 at the Housatonic Valley Regional HS in Falls Village, CT. This year's theme is "Cultivating Beauty and Habitat" with lectures about blending ecology and horticulture for a better and more beautiful world.

The first presenter is Rebecca McMackin who will discuss "Adventures in Ecological Horticulture" - our gardens can be stunningly beautiful while also providing habitat for the wildlife that enriches our lives. The second presenter is Barbara Paul Robinson whose topic is "Creating Brush Hill" about the garden she created with her partner Charlie Robinson over the span of five decades. It is the story of how two people of very different temperaments and skills worked to create a place of great beauty. There will be a mid-day lunch break with full lunch available for those who reserve before Feburary 27. The afternoon presentation is by Ethan Kauffman with the topic "Wild and Wonderful: Stoneleigh's Traditional Landscapes Reimagined with Native Plants" discussing the transition of the 150 year old private estate from a historical landscape to a public garden with an ecologically vibrant wonderland of native plants.

Download the flyer through this link.

Register for the Symposium on line here!


Upcoming Meetings - Latest Bulletin

Members can see the full bulletin with photos and links on the members page.

Mad Gardeners' Winter Schedule

• February 3, Saturday—Annual Meeting for the Election of Directors
• March 2—Symposium, Housatonic Valley Regional High School
• April 12—Science Day, Housatonic Valley Regional High School

Meeting Details:

• Annual Meeting—February 3, Saturday at 2 PM—New Milford Public Library
Come early to socialize—the room will be open by 1:30. Beverages are provided. We always appreciate cookies and other refreshments.

Annual General Meeting for the Election of Directors

Program: Tom and Laura's First Gardens. In February of 2011, Kathleen presented "Gardening for My Son, or How to Close a Nursery in Three Easy Weekends". The talk ended with Laura and Kathleen planting perennials in the dark by torchlight. This talk will follow the story to a mature landscape enjoyed by family, friends, and lots of little kids.

Speakers: Tom and Kathleen Nelson. Of this mother-son team, Tom has the eye for the site, mom has more plant experience. It has been great fun!

Questions: contact meeting organizer Kathleen, knelson151@sbcglobal.net, 860-355-1547.

Directions to New Milford Public Library, 24 Main Street, New Milford, CT 06776 (newmilfordlibrary.org)
From Litchfield—head south on Route 202. In New Milford, turn right onto Bridge St then turn right onto Main St. The library is on the right.
From Bridgewater—head north on Route 67. In New Milford, turn left onto Bridge St then turn right onto Main St. The library is on the right.
From Kent or Danbury—follow Route 7 to New Milford. Turn onto RT 202/RT67 and cross the bridge. Continue just past second traffic light and turn left onto Main Street along the green. The library is on the right.

Saturday, March 2 - Symposium

SAVE THE DATE! The 2024 Mad Gardeners Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT. Mark your calendars for this always interesting and informative event. See the description above!



To Join Mad Gardeners: Membership renewal forms are mailed to members every fall. Membership applications for new members are available 1) on-line on our website, 2) by email from moebius122@optonline.net, or 3) by sending a request for an application with a stamped self-addressed business-sized envelope to the membership coordinator, Margaret Moebius, 122 Ridge Road, Clinton Corners, NY 12514-2549. People requesting membership applications after 9/1/2023 will receive the 2024 membership application when it is ready.

Donations: Mad Gardeners members have always been generous when we have been in need of money. Dues cover our basic expenses. Please continue your generosity. Your tax-deductible donations have allowed us to cover increased costs, organize educational programs, provide student scholarships and launch the Mile-a-Minute Control Project. Thank you!


Early Career Award for Horticulturists

The Early Career Award has been developed for professionals to further develop their desire to become more knowledgeable in their field. The purpose of this award is to provide a platform for new horticulturists to advance their work and reputation.

This opportunity is available to established professional gardeners, growers, landscape designers within the first 2 to 4 years of their current position to attend classes or meetings. It may also be awarded to qualifying second-year Horticultural and Environmental Science College students.

A one-time stipend not to exceed $2,000.00 will be offered.

Each participant will be required to submit details of the costs of the proposed program and an expanded 500-word letter detailing and explaining the entire learning program and how the learning opportunity will benefit them and the local community.

The applications will be judged by the Scholarship committee based on the following criteria:
• Applicants must be a member of Mad Gardeners and/or other professional Horticultural Organization.
• Scholarly Content: Description of the desired program is original, relevant, and presented clearly.
• Writing is concise, informative and effectively conveys knowledge. The story about the applicant's need is clear.
• Importance to Horticulture: The value and contribution to the horticultural science profession is substantiated.

Application may be submitted at any time.

For questions or to submit your application, please contact Robert Gambino, Chairman, Mad Gardeners' Scholarship Committee, 4 Old Mill Road, New Milford, CT 06776 • Telephone: 860 354-3319

The award will be announced as needed.



JOIN / RENEW Mad Gardeners Membership—Download the Mad Gardeners Membership Application HERE. Visit the About Us page to learn about the benefits of joining.

Do not hesitate to recommend us to anyone who might benefit from the networking and educational opportunities we provide. As always, any donation sent in with your membership is greatly appreciated!

OUR WEBSITE—Our website is now open to the public, so it is much easier for our members to spread the word about our organization. Feel free to share the website link with prospective members. The Members section of the site remains private, however, and requires use of our password.

AREA EVENTS—Noteworthy events and announcements are listed. It is a frequently updated resource for garden-related events in the area, and is a page we recommend you visit regularly. Events open only to MG members will be listed in the Members section of the site and accessible by password.

HOW TO SHARE NEWS & EVENTS—How to spread the word about your non-profit organization’s event through us: We are an informal group. Our 3 mailed newsletters are published fall, winter and spring.

Some events are included in the newsletter, but all are forwarded to our webmaster for possible posting. Note: notices emailed to members are restricted to business-related information and meeting reminders, with other events occasionally tacked on. They are sent infrequently so we recommend that you regularly check this website for area news and events.


2021 Virtual Lecture:

Thank you to Douglas Tallamy for his talk "Plant It And They Will Come" and thank you to all who attended! The video is posted below.

Douglas Tallamy: Plant It And They Will Come
sponsored by Mad Gardeners

a non-profit organization of professional and non-professional gardeners dedicated to promoting "appreciation and cultivation of plants, and the creation, conservation and maintenance of gardens and suitable habitats for such plants through educational programs and meetings.

LINKS—Here are some links from Douglas Tallamy's talk:
• Homegrown National Park—https://homegrownnationalpark.org/
• Native Plant Finder—https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/


Contact Mad Gardeners

Email  Email:   MadGardener@MadGardeners.org

mail  Mailing Address:   PO Box 146, Sherman, CT 06784-0146

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