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Two events of interest to gardeners coming up in CT

junescook | Jan 3, 201102:41 PM

Folks at UCONN have asked that we pass the info along. I know a number of CHers have started to look at the seed catalogues and have been thinking about sun and soil.


PRESS RELEASE January 3, 2011

For immediate release:

The University of Connecticut is sponsoring the “2011 Garden Conference” to be held at the University of Connecticut on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Lewis B. Rome Commons on the Storrs campus in Storrs, CT.

This all-day conference offers exciting educational opportunities for home gardeners at all interest levels- from the casual gardener to the garden enthusiast to the Master Gardener.

· This year’s keynote speaker is Robert Lyons, Professor of Landscape Horticulture at the University of Delaware and Program Director for the Longwood Gardens Graduate Program in Public Horticulture who will be speaking on Extracting Late Season Color from the Border with Herbaceous Perennials.
· Design specialist and radio personality Baroness Maureen Haseley-Jones a.k.a. The English Lady will teach you how to improve the environment while feeding your soul in a talk entitled Garden Earth.
· Stephanie Cohen, contributing editor for Fine Gardening magazine and noted author and lecturer, will show you how to create year-round beauty in a session called The Nonstop Garden.
· Andy Brand, Nursery Manager of Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT will tell us Why We Should Celebrate Native Plants in Our Landscapes.
· Jeff Hutton, owner of Earthworks Landscaping, and author will speak on Restoring Gardens.

There is a pre-registration fee of $80 per person if postmarked on or before March 4th. The fee is $90 per person if postmarked after March 5th. Please make checks payable to the University of Connecticut. Registration is limited and nonrefundable. Please send checks to Richard McAvoy, University of Connecticut, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, 1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067, Storrs, CT 06269-4067. Included in the cost of admission are an informational packet, lunch, snacks and beverages, parking, opportunities to purchase selected autographed books, and a wide array of gardening books. Information is also available at:

Dr. Richard McAvoy
(860) 486-0627


Dawn Pettinelli
(860) 486-4274


January 3, 2011


February 12, 2011 Connecticut Community Gardening Association Presents A FREE FILM SCREENING OF ‘DIRT - The MOVIE’, Come and learn about our precious natural resource. Join us for gardening advice, free seeds, information on community gardens, refreshments.

At: Berlin Peck Public Library, 243 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037. 12 noon to 3 pm

(Snowdate: Saturday February 19, 2011)

Co-Sponsored by: The University of Connecticut Home & Garden Education Center, CT NOFA, Hartford Food System, Soil Science Society of Southern New England, The New Haven Land Trust, Bridgeport Land Trust.

For Information:

Dawn Pettinelli, UConn Soil Lab, (860) 486-4274,


Marty Sienko, President, CCGA H(860) 688-7783 C(860)212-8356

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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