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.


We're Back!

Sustainable For Our Future

2023 Symposium on Saturday, March 4

ONE HOUR DELAY! Registration 10 AM to 11 AM. Program Starts at 11 AM.

We've been watching the weather carefully. The forecast is for the main precipitation to end in the early hours of the morning with temperatures above freezing except for 32 degrees briefly at 6 am. A few very light snow showers are possible off and on later in the morning, but roads should be above freezing. Watch your email for more information!

After a two year absence, Mad Gardeners and Agricultural Education Dept. HVRHS will again host a Symposium on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the Housatonic Valley Regional HS in Falls Village, CT. This year's theme is "We're Back! Sustainable For Our Future".

The first presenter is Kim Eierman who will discuss "Beyond Sustainability: Using Our Landscapes as a Source of Environmental Change" followed by an informal Q & A session. A full lunch will be available for those who reserve before Feburary 27. The afternoon presentation is by Ellen Scheid who will discuss "Creating Beneficial Landscapes with Native Plants" concluding with another informal Q & A.

Download the flyer through this link

Register for the Symposium on line here
Note: No need to create an account!



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.


2022 CIPWG Symposium

CIPWG 2022 Symposium
Thank you to all who attended the Symposium!


Science Day

We organize this program annually for students at HVRHS in Falls Village. The 2022 Science Day was held on April 14. The fee of $25 includes lunch. Watch for information about next year's Science Day to be posted in February 2023 - or volunteer to help organize the event by contacting Margaret Moebius at moebius122@optonline.net. It is a lovely day. Those of us who attend often say it is the best MG event of the year.

Download the 2022 Science Day brochure through THIS LINK.


2022 Virtual Lecture:

Thank you to Dan Jaffe Wilder for his talk "Going Native" and thank you to all who attended!

For more information about the lecture contact MadGardener@madgardeners.org.


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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