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Plant Press
S20/Plant Press
Plant press crafted with CT grown wood by Windham County MG Coordinator John Lorusso. Includes 12 corrugated dividers and 12 sheets of paper.

Orders must be placed and paid for by March 1 to guarantee April delivery. Orders after 3/1 will be completed as available. Plant presses can be picked up at your MG office. Please bring your receipt.
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Starts Starts: 2/5/2020 8:00 AM
Ends Ends: 2/5/2020 8:30 AM
Duration Duration: 30 minutes
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Status Status: 40 open seats left
Garden Chemistry
S20/15
Learn the role chemistry plays in your garden from spring soil preparation through autumn harvest. In the six years Tom has been a Master Gardener, he has researched, documented, and compiled a notebook full of practical advice, tricks and tips, and interesting facts consistent with his chemistry training. This course will force you to think a little different about how to solve your gardening problems and will offer you some interesting tidbits for discussion at your next garden party. More
Starts Starts: 2/20/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 2/20/2020 3:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 9 open seats left
Latin For Gardeners: aka Do you know your rubra from your rubrum?
S20/13
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: 2/20/2020 12:00 PM
Ends Ends: 2/20/2020 2:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 28 open seats left
The Joy of Supporting Birds with Native Plants
S20/05
Native plants provide superior food, shelter, and nesting sites for wild birds. This is an especially important time for us to help birds. A recent study, by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and others, documenting the devastating decline of native birds in North America since the 1970s, indicates how important native plants are to birds, to overall ecological diversity, and to us. Birds and insects, upon which birds feed, co-evolved with native plants and need them to prosper. Historically we have planted many non-native plants, essentially creating a desert for birds and insects. The good news is that you can make a difference, supporting birds and insects in your yard by planting native plants. Learn about wonderful native trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous flowering plants, where to buy them and sources of information to learn more about them. More
Starts Starts: 2/24/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 2/24/2020 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 10 open seats left
Beekeeping Through the Year
S20/21
This course is the first of a three part series focused on the basics of beekeeping and the environmental challenges faced by Apis mellifera. You do not need to sign up for all 3, however you can receive a discount if you do. Our instructor will take us through the life cycle of honey bees, the challenges involved in their culture, environmental factors that affect their survival and what is going on in the hive at that moment. This will be a classroom session, held in the auditorium in the Edgerton Park Carriage House. 1.5 to 2 hours long. We will look at beekeeping equipment, including suits, hive components, etc. More
Starts Starts: 2/27/2020 3:00 PM
Ends Ends: 2/27/2020 5:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 14 open seats left
Soil - It's not just Dirt
S20/26
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 why you should care about this intriguing ecosystem. More
Starts Starts: 3/5/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/5/2020 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 20 open seats left
Coastal Certificate: Pathways from Source to Sea – How Gardens Can Make the Connection
S20/24
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 CT coastal and watershed residents. The outreach component will be 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. Field Trip date TBA. Photo is 2016 trip to to Mamacoke Island on the Thames River.

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 6 AMG credits upon completion.


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Starts Starts: 3/9/2020 6:00 PM
Ends Ends: 3/25/2020 9:00 PM
Duration Duration: 16 days 3 hours
Credits Credits: 6 Class Hours
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Status Status: 18 open seats left
Insects and Arthropods 101
S20/06
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. We'll take a break for lunch and questions and then discuss commonly encountered insects. 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. Bring your lunch - we'll provide snacks and beverages. More
Starts Starts: 3/9/2020 11:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/9/2020 2:30 PM
Duration Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Credits Credits: 3 Class Hours
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Status Status: 29 open seats left
Mycorrhizal Symbiosis -The Incredible Relationship of Fungi and Plants
S20/19
In this class we will explore the incredible symbiotic relationship between plants and fungus in the soil. A vast majority of plants utilize this association which has evolved over hundreds of millions of years. The fungus provides the host plant with nutrients, such as phosphate and nitrogen, and increases the abiotic and biotic stress resistance of the host. In return for these benefits, the host plant transfers some of its photosynthetically fixed carbon to the fungus This relationship is essential for many plants, some oaks, pines, and all orchids require this association. We will present an overview of Mycorrhizal symbiosis by covering both AM and EM mutualisms in a compare and contrast format so people can come away with a broad understanding of plant/fungal interrelationships We will also cover some adaptations that plants have made to exploit these fungi, with some plants not being able to photosynthesize and just getting their nutrients from the fungus. (mycorrheterotropic) More
Starts Starts: 3/11/2020 6:00 PM
Ends Ends: 3/11/2020 8:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 28 open seats left
Yes, Virginia, You Can Grow Roses!
S20/14
Join Marci Martin, Master Consulting Rosarian, as she de-mystifies the art of growing roses! Here, you will learn everything that roses need to be happy and healthy. She will cover how to select the perfect spot for your rose garden and how to plant roses so they will remain healthy and happy for years to come. Marci will discuss spring and fall pruning techniques. We will learn about proper soil preparation and watering methods. We will learn about insects and diseases that target our roses and the methods to control them. Bring your questions and they will be answered. The second hour, Marci will present a power point presentation entitled ‘Easy Care Roses for the Home Garden.’ This begins with a basic review of Roses 101 covered in the first hour, and then on to a slide show full of different types of hardy, disease-resistant roses for your garden. There is more to roses than ‘Knock-Outs,’ and the world is full of beautiful, fragrant beauties that can be yours to grow! More
Starts Starts: 3/14/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/14/2020 12:30 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 28 open seats left
Weather Extremes & Their Impacts on Tree Diseases
S20/09
This presentation will begin with a discussion on the changes in regional weather patterns that have increased the likelihood of tropical storms and the intensity and duration of periods of drought. We’ll discuss the short-term and long-term impacts of these extremes on tree health, and how trees respond, particularly in terms of tree physiology. We will then discuss three tree diseases threatening the landscaped and natural forests of southern New England: oak wilt, caused by the fungus, Ceratocystis fagacearum, a disease that has caused widespread loss of oaks in Texas, the Midwest, and southeast, and which has recently turned up in New York state bacterial leaf scorch, caused by the xylem-limited bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa, which has been causing disease in a variety of deciduous hosts, particularly oaks, from Texas to New Jersey and beech leaf disease, caused by the foliar nematode, Litylenchus crenatae, and already found as of 2019 in Fairfield County. In each case, we will discuss the symptoms, the means of dispersal and spread, and, if applicable, the prognosis for treatment. If time permits, I will also touch on diseases that may not be new to New England, but which are increasing in severity in response to climate change, such as Caliciopsis canker, and the “white pine needle disease complex.”
SNOW DATE: March 24
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Starts Starts: 3/17/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/17/2020 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 12 open seats left
Edible Gardens
S20/11
We will explore new trends and strategies to incorporate edibles into our gardens- bringing beauty to our food gardens and edibles to our ornamental gardens. How about some purple podded snow peas climbing up a deep colored evergreen? Why not a few Lacinato Kale growing above the white ageratum flowers? We will discuss different hardscapes and layouts to add texture, height and scale to the garden as well as some basic principles. More
Starts Starts: 3/19/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/19/2020 12:00 PM
Duration Duration: 2 hours
Credits Credits: 2 Class Hours
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Status Status: 4 open seats left
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