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2019 Hot Topics Video
F19/HT-Video
This class is a requirement to maintain active status as a UConn Certified Master Gardener. The primary topics are tree health and the challenges Connecticut forests are currently facing, presented by UConn Extension Associate Professor Tom Worthley and an overview of native plant use in the landscape presented by UConn Associate Professor Jessica Lubell-Brand. A pest update on a potential new invasive, Spotted Lanternfly, will also be provided. This class is an online video of the live presentation in May. Only one Hot Topics class per year is necessary to maintain Active Certified Master Gardener status. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with access instructions. To receive credit, you must complete the quiz included with the video with a score of 80% or better. More
Starts Starts: 9/1/2019 8:00 AM
Ends Ends: 9/1/2019 11:00 AM
Duration Duration: 3 hours
Credits Credits: 3 Class Hours
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Status Status: 76 open seats left
Introduction to Wild Mushrooms & Fungi
S19/34
NEW DATE - September 21st.     
This program will explore the biology and ecology of Fungi and the role they play in gardening, forest health, the importance of mycorrhizae, and nutrient cycling. Students will learn identification skills, common edible and poisonous mushrooms of Connecticut and a hands-on experience with wild mushrooms. For this program students are encouraged to bring wild mushrooms to this class that they have collected beforehand for examination and identification. We will spend some time learning what features need to be observed for successful identification.

*note- students who bring in wild mushrooms for identification are encouraged to carefully bring in the WHOLE mushroom, carefully extracted from the ground or tree, and placed in a brown paper bag. Do not mix different kinds, keep each one separate.
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Starts Starts: 9/21/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 9/21/2019 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 5 open seats left
Bark: Get to Know Your Trees
F19/02
The traits typically used to describe trees—leaves, twigs, and buds—are often hard to see or seasonally absent. This class will take you on an exploration of bark, which is always visible, in any season. As you hone your perceptive abilities you will learn about a system for identifying tree species by their bark, and discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why does bark peel? The class will begin with a presentation at the Hartford County Extension Center and will then move down the street to the MDC reservoir property for a hands-on exploration of the topic. Dress accordingly for a walk in the woods. More
Starts Starts: 9/24/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 9/24/2019 1:00 PM
Duration Duration: 3 hours
Credits Credits: 3 Class Hours
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Soil - It's not just Dirt
F19/08
Rarely discussed by gardeners, soil is, nonetheless, the foundation of a garden. Each tablespoon of healthy soil is alive with millions of creatures, many working to keep your plants healthy. Soil is full of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that we can't see. Learn more about this intriguing ecosystem. More
Starts Starts: 9/25/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 9/25/2019 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 17 open seats left
Wickham Park Walkabout with Kevin Wilcox
F19/12
Wickham Park is a horticultural gem that’s right in our backyard. Clarence and Edith Wickham bequeathed their 130-acre estate to become a park after their deaths, along with the bulk of his financial estate, which became the trust that originally maintained the park. Now 280 acres, the park contains gardens, woodlands, open space and ponds along with other attractions. Originally designed by Olmstead Associates, Inc., the park opened in 1961. It contains at least nine distinct gardens and the Park has also been labeling the trees in the collections to create an arboretum. More information can be found on their website at http://wickhampark.org/ Join horticulturalist Kevin Wilcox as we explore portions of the park, learning about many of the trees and shrubs on the property. There is a $5 per car parking fee, which supports the park. More
Starts Starts: 9/26/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 9/26/2019 1:00 PM
Duration Duration: 3 hours
Credits Credits: 3 Class Hours
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Status Status: 18 open seats left
2019 Year of the Dahlia
F19/14
Marge will give a slide show showing all of the aspects of raising and showing exhibition dahlias. The presentation will include review of the specifics of propagation, planting and digging the tubers to store them for next season. This will be followed by a short description of the blooms that will be on display in the room, with comments on the varieties and the features evaluated when judging dahlias. More
Starts Starts: 9/30/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 9/30/2019 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 24 open seats left
Plants & Insects/Friends or Foe?
F19/10
Plants aren't as helpless to insect attacks as they seem. Fascinating new scientific findings on the battle tactics and alliances between plants and insects might make us rethink some of our gardening practices. More
Starts Starts: 10/1/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 10/1/2019 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 18 open seats left
Native Plants: Not Just a Pretty Face
F19/04
Native plants are not just another pretty addition to your garden but a vital part of the local food chain. Native plants have co-evolved with local wildlife and provide ecological benefits that most non-native plants cannot. Learn how biologically productive native plants are in comparison to non-natives, how chemicals produced by specific native plants are essential to native insect life cycles and protection from predators, how flowers of native plants are often designed for specific native pollinators and require the aid of native insects and wildlife to disperse and even plant their seeds, and how native plants provide the correct nutrition for local wildlife at just the right time of the year. The benefits and ecological roles of specific native plants will also be discussed. More
Starts Starts: 10/8/2019 6:30 PM
Ends Ends: 10/8/2019 8:30 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Real-Time Garden Design
F19/17
Garden design doesn’t have to be complicated—with a few basic tools and skills, you can put together a plan in an afternoon (or morning). Come learn – or review - the basics and then apply them to a real‐life situation. Class will consist of a design basics talk, followed by a small-group project re-designing the landscape at the New Haven Extension Center. Sustainability, durability and four-season aesthetics will be design considerations. See how the concepts learned are applied to an actual site ‐ and how many different options one can come up with! More
Starts Starts: 10/12/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 10/12/2019 1:00 PM
Duration Duration: 3 hours
Credits Credits: 3 Class Hours
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Status Status: 9 open seats left
Rain Gardens with Donna Katsuranis
F19/05
Stormwater runoff is an increasing problem, both from pollution and conservation standpoints. This talk will address the best way to make a rain garden to optimize collection of runoff water while adding a beautiful, easy to maintain garden to the home landscape. Emphasis will be on using native plants, for their hardiness and their natural fit into the local ecology. More
Starts Starts: 10/16/2019 3:00 PM
Ends Ends: 10/16/2019 5:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 23 open seats left
Tree Risk: How Trees Stand Up
F19/06
We live under the canopy of trees. Our streets, parks, yards and homes lie under trees as they moderate our environment and offer a sense of home, safety and shelter. Trees are an important part of the human experience in the northeast yet many times trees are removed because of a lack of understanding of how trees stand up and the assumption of instability where none exist. In this course we will have a broad ranging discussion of how trees have evolved to stand up and why trees fail. Our goal is to help the landscape manager ask the right questions of tree care professionals and make informed decisions. What are the red flags of hazardous trees and how to advocate for tree preservation will be discussed. Dress for the weather as we will go outside to assess trees in the second half of the course. More
Starts Starts: 10/17/2019 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 10/17/2019 3:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 30 open seats left
Wetland Habitats and Plants of Connecticut
F19/03
In this class you will learn about Connecticut’s wetland habitats such as marshes, bogs, and forested wetlands along with the typical wetland plants of each. The focus will also be on wetland plant identification through slides, handouts, and hands-on work with dried and fresh specimens. We will touch upon wetland plant availability in the nursery trade and uses for managed and natural landscapes. More
Starts Starts: 11/2/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 11/2/2019 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 20 open seats left
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