Connecticut Flower & Garden Show

More than 80 hours of educational seminars and demonstrations by over 20 horticulturists and landscapers are free with general admission! The AHS will present Environmental Awards at this event.

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Fine Gardening Institute at Berkshire Botanical Garden (Stockbridge, MA)

This comprehensive program’s theme is How to Design, Plant, and Care for a Low-Maintenance, High-Impact, Pollinator-Friendly Flower Garden. The class will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This daylong program covers key components for designing a garden that provides maximum enjoyment (for you and pollinators) with minimal input – maintenance, pest control, water, and fertilizer. The class is ideal for those looking to create a new garden or tweak/revamp an existing one. Program led by award-winning educator, Kerry Ann Mendez.

The registration fee is $110 for Berkshire Botanical Garden members /$130 for non-members. This includes extensive handouts and gardening catalogs; lunch; class gift; refreshments; door prizes; a CEU form for Master Gardeners and green industry professionals; plus free admission to the botanical garden on that weekend. Discounted hotel rates available while rooms are available.

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The City Gardens Club of New York City 17th Annual Forum (New York, NY)

On Thursday, January 18th, our 17th annual forum “We Are What We Eat – Embracing a Healthy Food System” will be held at The Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York and online. Our panelists will discuss how our current food system evolved, organic farming, the challenges of “big ag”, and the marketing of fresh produce.

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Connecticut College SALT Conference (New London, CT)

For those wanting to make positive environmental change, join us at the SALT Conference to learn about planting native trees to make our landscape more biodiverse and ecologically resilient while supporting social and environmental justice. In person presentations and lunch included. Registration required (Register by Tuesday, October 31) Limited seating available, register early! Co-Sponsored by Wild Ones Mountain Laurel Chapter.

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Connecticut Horticultural Society – “Gardening Matters: Our Future is Growing” (VIRTUAL)

The Connecticut Horticultural Society is thrilled to announce that its 2024 Virtual Symposium on Saturday, February 3, “Gardening Matters: Our Future is Growing,” will feature talks by garden experts Fergus Garrett, John Forti, Jared Rosenbaum and Gary Lewis. The day-long symposium runs from 9am-4pm and is designed to inspire, enlighten, and educate novice and expert gardeners alike.

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Native Plant Talk – Your Story in Seed (Framingham, MA)

Artist-miniaturist Sergey Jivetin returns to Garden in the Woods to hand-engrave seeds with illustrations based on narratives about plants. By pre-registration only, a limited number of time slots are available for registrants to bring in a seed and have it engraved with their personal story. Jivetin’s work is in the permanent collections of many public institutions including the Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Dallas Museum of Art.

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Native Plant Talk – The Herbaria Series (Framingham, MA)

Join leaders of herbaria across New England to learn what herbaria are, why they exist, their contributions to botany, and how they are maintained. Each of these four experiences offer a unique opportunity to explore facilities that are usually only accessed by students and researchers.

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Native Plant Trust – The Seed Keeper (Framingham, MA)

Join author Diane Wilson (Dakota) at the Cambridge Foundry in Kendall Square, Cambridge, for a conversation about her award-winning book, The Seed Keeper. A haunting novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most. As Americans of all backgrounds awaken to the importance of storing seeds for future generations, The Seed Keeper unfolds a timeless story of our relationship to seeds. The talk will be followed by a book-signing.

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Native Plant Trust – Asters After Hours (Framingham, MA)

Stroll the woodlands of Garden in the Woods after hours during peak fall wildflower bloom. Garden admission, live music and light refreshment by Decanted Wine Truck, a local women-owned business, are included with registration.

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Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden – Bulb and Soil Workshop (Staten Island, NY)

Wonder how we design the landscape of Snug Harbor to come alive in spring? Want to extend the blooming season in your garden?

At the Bulb and Soil Workshop, learn about caring for tender versus hardy bulbs, how to use bulbs in your garden plan, pest control, and how to overwinter. Create an interplay between bloom times, foliage colors and height, and learn how to manage your garden soil so you have a thriving environment.

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