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S18/04
Meadows are a way to replace lawn, improve pollinator habitat, and beautify the landscape - but what is a meadow? Is it a lawn gone feral or a perennial bed gone wild? Or is it something else altogether? In this talk, landscape designer Kathy Connolly will explore the definition of a meadow, examine the roles of grasses and flowers, and suggest steps you can take to start or improve your own meadow. She’ll also discuss common causes of failed attempts at meadow-making, how meadows differ from other “no-mow” and “low-mow” approaches to the landscape, sources of seeds, plants, tools, and the role of soil. An extensive resource list is included. More
Starts Starts: 4/24/2018 6:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/24/2018 8:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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S18/26
Would you like to learn about ethnobotany; how the indigenous knowledge of local plants is very rich, and how the information is being lost as cultures are rapidly changing ? Professor Lizarralde will cover general ethnobotany and how indigenous peoples of southern New England used plants. He will bring his JetBoil and make some teas of different plants for people to test (e.g., sassafras and spicebush). (Snow date is May 5, 11 AM - 1 PM.) More
Starts Starts: 4/28/2018 11:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/28/2018 1:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 21 open seats left
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S18/29
Learn about the latest garden trends during a behind-the-scenes tour of Garden Barn in Vernon. The Garden Barn is a destination retail garden center, specializing in premium quality annuals, perennials, nursery stock, garden accessories, and other outdoor living-related products. The Garden Barn has been in business at this location since 1981 and has a tradition of service and excellence. More
Starts Starts: 5/2/2018 6:30 PM
Ends Ends: 5/2/2018 8:30 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 29 open seats left
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S18/05
Your garden could be so fulfilling, if you plug in. Coinciding with the publication of Tovah’s new book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season, this lecture explores the garden on all levels by attuning your nose to the scents and training your ears to listen. Learn to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched. This class will lead you through an odyssey of exploration to awaken the senses and arouse your abilities of perception on all levels. Sharing advice and ideas to deeply enhance the gardening experience while also incorporating a “Smellathon” to help get nostrils in gear, the experience is beautiful and fun as well as highly practical. After this presentation, your garden will be more savory, you will know its touch, smell its aromas, hear its voice, and see it anew. More
Starts Starts: 5/3/2018 6:30 PM
Ends Ends: 5/3/2018 8:30 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 17 open seats left
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s18/31
One of the ancillary joys of gardening is recording what we see through photographs, and the development of digital photography has made this even more accessible. Come learn the skills needed to take good point-and-shoot digital photographs instead of just snapshots. This beginner class starts with a PowerPoint talk and then we will head outside to practice what we’ve learned. Bring your digital or smartphone camera with you. More
Starts Starts: 5/6/2018 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 5/6/2018 3:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 14 open seats left
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S18/32
Learn the basics of pruning trees and shrubs from an arborist, educator, and nursery industry professional who specializes in organic tree and shrub care. This class will include a detailed overview of pruning equipment and techniques for trees and shrubs, followed by hands-on instruction in the field. More
Starts Starts: 5/22/2018 2:00 PM
Ends Ends: 5/22/2018 4:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 10 open seats left
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S18/33
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 Starts: 5/25/2018 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 5/25/2018 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 24 open seats left
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Mountain Laurel: An Intimate Introduction
S18/18
Enjoy a twilight walk through a special nursery to learn about the Connecticut state flower, Kalmia latifolia, with the man who wrote the book: Richard Jaynes. Carl Linnaeus distinguished the mountain laurel as the most beautiful flower found in North America and named it in honor of his student/explorer Peter Kalm. Learn more about this fine evergreen shrub and its relatives as it comes into annual bloom. Dick will talk about its environmental preferences and variability. You’ll learn some secrets about pollinators and propagation and will be able to see more of the nursery and the unusual plants found there during this after-hours event. More
Starts Starts: 6/6/2018 6:00 PM
Ends Ends: 6/6/2018 8:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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S18/15
Imagine that a tree planted in 1960 could talk. What would it tell us about our land care practices? Then imagine what the same tree would say to our descendants in 2060? Nobody knows, of course. But few would be surprised if that tree exclaimed, "What's going on out there?" In this two-hour talk, we'll look briefly at past land use practices, their current impacts, land use trends,and some future possibilities for our shared landscapes. The purpose of this talk is to create interest in positive and innovative directions that some have already begun to adopt and that we may be able to adopt in the near future. More
Starts Starts: 6/23/2018 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 6/23/2018 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 13 open seats left
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S18/20
The class will cover why insectary plants are important in conserving beneficial insects such as insect predators and pollinators. Examples of insectary plants will be discussed according to the types of beneficial insects attracted, their use in the ornamental or edible garden and overall fit in a sustainable pest management approach. After the presentation, we will go outdoors for observation and review. (Rain Date: Thursday June 28) More
Starts Starts: 6/26/2018 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 6/26/2018 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 15 open seats left
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S18/21
Want to see some fascinating insects in their natural environment? Want to learn which host plants they hang out on, and where they hide? Come on a bug hunt with Pamm Cooper on the Extension grounds in Bethel as she shows us how to find the hidden critters living amid our native and ornamental plants. Pamm will start the class with a PowerPoint presentation identifying some of the common insects we might see in the field, such as beetles, bees, and caterpillars. Then we will head out onto the grounds to “shake out” some of our friends from their cozy plant homes so we can take a closer look. Pamm, who is always on the lookout for insects in their native habitats, will also bring along some interesting live insect samples for the class to view. More
Starts Starts: 8/18/2018 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 8/18/2018 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 21 open seats left
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