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F17/11
Collecting seeds of local plant populations is a key step in preserving our native plants and the habitats they create. Seed Banking ensures this critical natural resource is available for the future. Instructor Clara Holmes will explain why conserving and using local genetics is critical for the long‐term conservation of native plant species. You’ll learn how to make native seed collections and the various ways you can get involved in local conservation and restoration efforts. After the lecture, the class will move outside where participants will get hands‐on experience in the protocol for collecting seeds of native plants. More
Starts: 9/16/2017 10:00 AM
Ends: 9/16/2017 1:00 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Credits: 3 Class Hours
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F17/02
If you’ve been to the Connecticut shoreline, then you’ve experienced Long Island Sound, perhaps by swimming, boating, wading, birding, or shellfishing. Have you ever wondered what is hidden beneath its surface waters? The Sound is an estuary, where fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water from the Atlantic Ocean. Estuaries are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth and Long Island Sound abounds in plant life, finfish, shellfish, and waterfowl, and provides feeding, breeding, nesting and nursery areas for many organisms. In 1987, its “specialness” led to its designation as an “Estuary of National Significance”. The plants and animals of Long Island Sound are truly its “living treasures”. Did you know that kelp, a native brown seaweed, has become the new winter sea vegetable crop? Or that spider crabs use other organisms as camouflage? From frilly sea anemones to grey seals, there’s a lot happening out of sight! This course provides a visual journey under the Sound’s surface, and an opportunity to see and touch some of these amazing living treasures. More
Starts: 9/19/2017 10:00 AM
Ends: 9/19/2017 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 10 open seats left
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F17/13
Explore the world of herbal teas through tasting and discussing the nutritional benefits of these flavorful plants. If you have a favorite tea cup please bring it to class. More
Starts: 9/20/2017 11:00 AM
Ends: 9/20/2017 1:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 17 open seats left
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F17/01
Grasses, sedges, and rushes are all around us but, due to their lack of showy flowers and supposed difficulty of identification, are often ignored. Yet they have a singular beauty and can be identified with relative ease once you know a few key characteristics. Lauren Brown, author of Grasses: An Identification Guide, will walk you through the basics of grass identification, and then guide participants through an interactive grass identification clinic. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples to class, the more of the plant the better. It is essential that you have a copy of Ms. Brown’s book, published by Houghton Mifflin. She will bring copies to sell; if you would like that option, please notify judith.hsiang@uconn.edu by September 6, 2017.(Used copies are often available online.) A hand lens is useful but not essential. More
Starts: 9/20/2017 2:00 PM
Ends: 9/20/2017 4:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 9 open seats left
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F17/22
Ferns are all around us but, due to their lack of flowers and supposed difficulty of identification, they are often ignored. They have a singular beauty and can be identified with relative ease once you know a few key characteristics about their foliage and fruiting structures. After a lecture on fern identification at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam, the ferns growing at the nearby Haddam Meadows State Park will be explored and identified. It will be helpful for you to have a hand lens. The class may run a bit over past 11:00 AM as we will carpool the approx. one-half mile from the Extension center to Haddam Meadows State Park to investigate and identify wild ferns. Please wear sturdy shoes for the field portion of the class. More
Starts: 9/22/2017 9:00 AM
Ends: 9/22/2017 11:00 AM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 7 open seats left
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F17/03
Have you ever been completely flummoxed by the idea of keying out a plant sample in order to ID it – whether in the Master Gardener office, or in your own back yard? This presentation and hands-on tutorial will familiarize you with this most helpful of field guides, plus give you a refresher on all those botanical terms that are so useful when trying to ID plants! The Wildflower walk will be an opportunity to practice what you have just learned while we play with the local flora. The grounds around the Extension Center have a lovely variety of wildflowers, and we will explore what Mother Nature has to show us. Bring a copy of Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide if you have one, and a magnifying glass or hand lens. Dress properly for our walk, which will take place rain or shine. Feel free also to bring samples of mystery plants from your own yard, too (no poison ivy, please!). More
Starts: 9/26/2017 1:30 PM
Ends: 9/26/2017 3:30 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 14 open seats left
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F17/06
In April, D.E.E.P. Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone led a class at Session’s Woods, where he presented living examples of plants which provide food, conditions and shelter for backyard wildlife. Wildlife habitat has a seasonality to it, and fall brings different food and cover choices for our migratory and non-migratory wildlife. Here is your chance, whether you were lucky enough to have attended the last class or not, to join Peter as we walk a portion of the Beaver Pond Trail at Sessions Woods WMA in Burlington. He will highlight the habitat management activities that have taken place and the valuable seasonal habitat components located along the trail. Some of this class may be held indoors and the rest will be held outdoors to observe these habitats. The class includes about a ¾ mile walk. Dress appropriately! Directions to Sessions Woods will be sent to those who have registered. More
Starts: 9/30/2017 10:00 AM
Ends: 9/30/2017 12:30 PM
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 20 open seats left
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F17/27
Dr. Mervosh has expertise in the areas of weedy plant identification, weed biology, and weed management strategies for ornamental landscapes, field- and container-grown nursery stock, Christmas trees, pumpkins and small fruit crops. He will discuss invasive plants that impact non-croplands and natural areas (forests and wetlands), and methods for controlling them. More
Starts: 10/7/2017 10:00 AM
Ends: 10/7/2017 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 16 open seats left
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F17/09
The scientific names for plants intimidate many gardeners, but avoiding them can result in purchasing the wrong plant or misidentifying plant problems. In this class we’ll review the history of botanical nomenclature in the Western world: why names change and why we gardeners should make the effort to use them. It’s not all Greek, or Latin, and the knowledge can expand your gardening expertise. More
Starts: 10/10/2017 6:30 PM
Ends: 10/10/2017 8:30 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 23 open seats left
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F17/25
Sustainability has become a guiding principle for landscapes. How do we manage our soil-plant ecosystems to move closer to this goal? This talk will encompass practical knowledge about soil management, proper planting and aftercare for thoughtful gardeners. More
Starts: 10/11/2017 10:00 AM
Ends: 10/11/2017 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 17 open seats left
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F17/04
The instructor will lead the class on a visual tour of the latest trends in landscape design. Color blocking, “DIY” style, Mindful Gardening, and new ways to bring the outside in are some of the areas we will discuss. Using lecture, videos, and easy exercises, the class will learn the possibilities of applying some of these new ideas to their own gardens. Students are encouraged to bring in photos for discussion and suggestions. No drawing experience is required. More
Starts: 10/12/2017 2:00 PM
Ends: 10/12/2017 4:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 13 open seats left
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F17/24
Connecticut is home to many commercial nursery and greenhouse ventures. Come tour this family-owned wholesale nursery in Meriden that grows an extensive variety of plant material for garden centers. We’ll explore the many aspects of the plant production business and learn a little more about what it takes to get those plants ready for us to buy. More
Starts: 10/14/2017 10:00 AM
Ends: 10/14/2017 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 18 open seats left
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