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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: 65 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: Closed
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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: 16 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: 18 open seats left
All About Fungi and Fungicides – What Every Gardener Needs to Know
F19/15
Delve into the fascinating world of fungi and gain a deeper understanding of how to manage these pathogens in the garden. Learn what makes fungi unique in the plant disease world, and how to identify common garden fungal problems. Then learn all about how you can manage fungal diseases in your garden with both synthetic and organic fungicides. Dr. Li will discuss the properties of chemical fungicides including classification, mode of action and resistance. He will also discuss eco-friendly approaches including biological control agents. More
Starts Starts: 11/6/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 11/6/2019 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 19 open seats left
Birdscaping Basics
F19/13
Whether you have a few acres or a small balcony, you can attract birds to your yard. Bird feeders and bird houses help, but in this presentation, we will review all the things necessary to make sure that your property, large or small, is a happy haven for the avian tribe. We'll talk about the plants, shelter, food sources and other necessities to attract birds as well as some cautions to keep unwanted species out. Local and national resources to help you plan your own bird sanctuary will also be discussed. Let's make your garden “for the birds.” More
Starts Starts: 11/6/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 11/6/2019 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 24 open seats left
Pruning 101
F19/21
Pruning is an important horticultural skill and an art for us to keep our gardens in good order and beauty. This talk will cover why, when, where and how to prune trees and shrubs to maintain structural strength and sustainability in landscapes and home gardens. More
Starts Starts: 11/7/2019 6:00 PM
Ends Ends: 11/7/2019 8:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 40 open seats left
Latin For Gardeners: aka Do you know your rubra from your rubrum?
F19/19
The scientific names for plants intimidate many gardeners. When we use common names, we run the risk of purchasing the wrong plant or misidentifying plant problems. In this class we will review the history of plant names in the Western world, why they change and why we as gardeners should make an effort to use these names. It’s not all Greek or Latin, and we do not worry too much if we don’t pronounce it perfectly. Having this knowledge can expand your gardening expertise. More
Starts Starts: 11/8/2019 6:00 PM
Ends Ends: 11/8/2019 8:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 38 open seats left
Magical Witches of Winter with Adam Wheeler
F19/01
Think you know witch hazel? Think again! Join Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery, and discover the magical and ornamental side of witch hazel. Adam will present a slide lecture that touches on the storied history, ornamental appeal and noted selections of these underutilized shrubs. More
Starts Starts: 11/12/2019 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 11/12/2019 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 12 open seats left
Insects and Arthropods 101
F19/20
Bug basics! For those who want to kick start or even just brush up on their invertebrate identification game, this course will cover the basics of entomology, arthropod morphology, and most importantly, taxonomy and identification! Garden pests, curiosities, accidental home invaders, public health nuisances, and other commonly submitted-to-extension insects and arthropods as well as ‘red flag’ invasive species will be discussed. Preserved specimens (and potentially a few live ones!) will be on display. More
Starts Starts: 11/13/2019 9:00 AM
Ends Ends: 11/13/2019 11:00 AM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Good Bug Bad Bug: Keep Friends Close & Enemies Closer
F19/18
We all know there are good guys and bad guys in our gardens. Flies, wasps, beetles, bugs - are they good or bad? The answer is both. And while encouraging beneficials in the garden is important, gardeners usually don't understand their enemies well enough. So this class will concentrate on the biology and lifecycles of our most common garden pests. We will also discuss many of our beneficial friends and techniques to get more of them to help in the struggle. More
Starts Starts: 11/15/2019 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 11/15/2019 3:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 29 open seats left
Insect Pests of Plants
F19/22
More than you would ever want to know about plant insect pests. Who feeds on foliage? Which insects like roots better? Who feeds on vegetables? Fruit? What are the life cycles of these insects? How do they overwinter? We will answer these questions and more. Bring in any insects you want identified. Come join us for 1.5 hours of insect fun. More
Starts Starts: 11/19/2019 2:00 PM
Ends Ends: 11/19/2019 4:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
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