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S18/19
Advanced Master Gardener Nicole Christensen has spent the past many months organizing, identifying, and pinning insects for the Fairfield Master Gardener office in Bethel. Here, she presents a fascinating look at the big world of bugs that’s right outside (and sometimes in) our homes. Find out just who is lurking in your garden while learning interesting and fun facts about the creatures who many times get an undeserved bad rap. Learn to recognize the good guys from the bad, and get a good look at those creatures that call our backyards home. (Snow day: Tuesday March 6) More
Starts: 2/27/2018 1:00 PM
Ends: 2/27/2018 3:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 17 open seats left
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S18/16
The thought of becoming a Bee Keeper and extracting honey is romantic and attractive to many. Some dream of having enough honey for personal use, others think of Bee Keeping as a business. The likelihood of success is low if you are not fully informed on what it takes to be a thriving Bee Keeper prior to starting. Have you ever wondered about Bee Keeping? Do you know the steps in the direction of becoming a successful Bee Keeper? Are you conversant about the cost; education needs; time/hive management; the pitfalls; and overall commitment necessary for success? The Plain Truth About Bee Keeping Parts 1 and 2 will answer these questions and offer all necessary information on how to start the process of Bee Keeping. The courses will also delineate for you if Bee Keeping is meant for you. This class will offer pertinent information other Bee Keeping classes do not offer. Your questions will be answered! You may take one or both classes, as you wish. More
Starts: 2/28/2018 10:00 AM
Ends: 2/28/2018 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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S18/30
Come along for a ride through a year at a flower farm and let flower farmer and Advanced Master Gardener Evelyn Lee share a wealth of tips that are certain to help your flower gardens and bring a bounty of bouquets to your home. A colorful PowerPoint presentation highlights valuable cultural and harvesting information as well as recommendations for varieties to add to your landscape or dedicated cutting garden. It’s easy to harvest a bouquet a week. More
Starts: 3/1/2018 12:00 PM
Ends: 3/1/2018 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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S18/27
During winter, gardeners can look leisurely through seed catalogs to plan for spring planting. Hidden between all those pretty pictures and thoughts of warm weather is a host of information to help decide what to grow. Selecting what to grow depends on a variety of items, such as flavor, available space, nutritional value or how well the crop resists disease. This class will help decipher catalog lingo and growing charts. We will also discuss the All-America Selections vegetable variety trials and tips on becoming an expert on variety evaluation. More
Starts: 3/10/2018 10:00 AM
Ends: 3/10/2018 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 26 open seats left
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S18/22
The Coastal Certificate program is offered to those who wish to familiarize themselves with current environmental issues unique to our coastal waters and Long Island Sound, while learning about ways to landscape more sustainably. In a time when climate change is taking on increasing significance, the Coastal Certificate Program will address how and why the transition to sustainable landscapes is not just a good idea, but a global environmental imperative. The Coastal Certificate is designed to generate ambassadors of alternatives to nutrient and chemically intensive landscaping practices for Connecticut coastal and watershed residents. The outreach component is geared specifically to spreading the word about sustainable landscaping through projects, educational materials, and other creative ideas. In addition to covering coastal environmental issues, the Coastal Certificate program will feature speakers that address exciting ways to reduce or rethink lawns, create plant habitats that attract birds and pollinating insects, design for sustainability using native plants, and share tools and resources for effective outreach. The field trip will relate to class topics and be local to the workshop location. Participants must attend all classes and complete 10 hours of approved outreach activities to receive the Coastal Certificate. Reading resources will be provided. Those enrolled will receive sic (6) AMG credits upon completion. For more information about the Coastal Certificate program, contact Judy at 860‐395‐0465 or 860‐405‐9303, or email judy.preston@uconn.edu More
Starts: 3/12/2018 6:00 PM
Ends: 3/21/2018 9:00 PM
Duration: 9 days 3 hours
Credits: 6 Class Hours
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S18/07
Residents of eastern Connecticut have become accustomed to seeing dead trees being removed from roadsides due to the emerald ash borer. Homeowners are weighing the costs of removal vs. treatment of their ash trees. The insect is confirmed in every county in the state. Thousands more trees will die in the years ahead. In this class, we will review the history of this insect in Connecticut and provide information for future decisions. In addition, we'll learn more about other exotic insects that threaten our forests and home sites such as the Asian longhorn beetle and the southern pine bark beetle. Loss of our native trees affects us in many ways beyond the immediate costs and safety concerns; our woodlands are our part of our cultural heritage. Up-to-date materials for public education will be available for Master Gardener offices and outreach. More
Starts: 3/20/2018 10:00 AM
Ends: 3/20/2018 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 24 open seats left
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S18/17
The thought of becoming a Bee Keeper and extracting honey is romantic and attractive to many. Some dream of having enough honey for personal use, others think of Bee Keeping as a business. The likelihood of success is low if you are not fully informed on what it takes to be a thriving Bee Keeper prior to starting. Have you ever wondered about Bee Keeping? Do you know the steps in the direction of becoming a successful Bee Keeper? Are you conversant about the cost; education needs; time/hive management; the pitfalls; and overall commitment necessary for success? The Plain Truth About Bee Keeping Parts 1 and 2 will answer these questions and offer all necessary information on how to start the process of Bee Keeping. The courses will also delineate for you if Bee Keeping is meant for you. This class will offer pertinent information other Bee Keeping classes do not offer. Your questions will be answered! You may take one or both classes, as you wish. The class will be held at the bee yard at Chunnie Towne Farm in East Haddam. Participants will be on site for hive opening and observation of all aspects of hive management More
Starts: 3/21/2018 10:00 AM
Ends: 3/21/2018 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 20 open seats left
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S18/23
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: 3/24/2018 10:00 AM
Ends: 3/24/2018 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 27 open seats left
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S18/25
Worried about the world? Take action! Gardens offer many opportunities to link with nature and rescue the world. It’s amazing what each individual can accomplish. This lecture is filled with ideas for rallying your backyard to make a difference for the greater good. From cover-the-earth density plantings to lawn alternatives, we talk about how your property—large or small—can ally with nature to make the world a better place for all creatures. Plus, we prove that the results can be ravishingly beautiful. With a trowel in hand, you can save the earth. More
Starts: 4/14/2018 10:00 AM
Ends: 4/14/2018 12:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 23 open seats left
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S18/03
Through close and careful observation, learn to sketch natural objects such as seed pods, dried or live flowers, leaves, driftwood, etc. Starting with a series of exercises, we will practice techniques to simplify objects into basic shapes, see proper proportion, select important details, show texture and use shading to create the illusion of three dimensions. THIS IS A TWO-SESSION CLASS WITH LIMITED ENROLLMENT. Register early to be assured of a seat. Basic materials will be provided. For those participants who would like to bring their own, a list of suggestions and sources is available from judith.hsiang@uconn.edu. More
Starts: 4/16/2018 1:00 PM
Ends: 4/23/2018 4:00 PM
Duration: 7 days 3 hours
Credits: 6 Class Hours
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S18/28
This workshop will cover all aspects of rain garden design, sizing, placement and installation. UConn’s rain garden website and smartphone app will be highlighted. Participants will also be guided through an example rain garden design activity More
Starts: 4/18/2018 6:30 PM
Ends: 4/18/2018 8:30 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 32 open seats left
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S18/08
In an aquaponic garden, plants and fish are grown together in a recirculation ecosystem. Fish waste is naturally converted to plant nutrients creating a year-round sustainable agriculture system. This system does not require added chemical fertilizers, does not use artificial filters and minimizes water use. Rob will share his extensive knowledge of setting up and running an aquaponic garden to grow fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. He will also describe how he built his geodesic dome greenhouse. More
Starts: 4/21/2018 2:00 PM
Ends: 4/21/2018 4:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status: 24 open seats left
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