Nancy DuBrule-Clement : lecture - THE BOOKENDS OF THE GARDENING YEAR: PLANTING FOR EARLY AND LATE SEASON POLLINATORS will focus on plants that bloom in February to early April as well as October to November, two critical time periods for our for our native pollinators. It is also a great boon to gardeners who need all the color they can get at those two extremes of the growing season! She is the owner of Natureworks, a specialty organic garden center and landscape design, installation and maintenance business in Northford, CT. Her educational work includes classes, lectures, weekly e-mails, and free workshops throughout the growing season at the garden center.
Dan Furman : lecture - UNUSUAL LANDSCAPE EDIBLES FOR CONNECTICUT will focus on the various types of fruit and berries which grow well in our climate. These include information on pawpaws, persimmons, quince, Asian pears and elderberries to name a few. Plant cultivation as well as pest and disease issues will be reviewed as well as an introduction to propagation. He is co-owner of Cricket Hill Garden, a specialty nursery and forest farm in Thomaston, CT. Dan has worked to expand their peony production program as well as diversify the stock grown to include unusual landscape and forest edibles.
Dan Jaffe : lecture - DESIGNLESS GARDENING. Look to nature for your inspiration. What clues can you take from your landscape to help you provide the right plant for the right place? Learn to evaluate sunlight, moisture, soil and other factors to encourage a successful garden that does not require frequent maintenance while actively supporting the environment and providing aesthetic value. He is a Propagator and Stock Beds’ Grower at New England Wild Flower Society who considers himself a practical botanist, blending botany and horticulture into a cohesive unit. Native plants and ecology are his strongest passions.
Andrew Pighills: lecture - STONE IN THE GARDEN. This presentation explores how to incorporate stone in your designs, including walls, patios, ponds, walkways, and steps as well as mosaics, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and other whimseys, and the plantings that compliment and contrast for that nestled in the landscape effect. He is the owner of English Gardens and Landscaping located in Killingworth, CT. which designs and installs landscapes that incorporate natural stonework and plantings appropriate to the clients’ architecture, environment and lifestyles. He is also the North American representative of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, a group dedicated to the art and preservation of dry laid stone. He is an accomplished stone artisan, gardener and horticulturist.
Maria von Brincken : lecture CLASSIC VERTICAL GARDENING: VINES THAT FLOWER UP AND AROUND. highlights vines and their structures and explores their use as walls of outdoor rooms. Ornamental vines-perennial, annual and edible add texture, flower, berry, fragrance, and sometime fruit to the structures. Illustrations of vertical gardening from historic gardens will be included. She is a principal of Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design specializes in landscapes using native and ornamental plants. Trained as a fine artist, color theorist and organic gardener, Maria brings years of critical design thinking to her landscape solutions. Her designs have been featured in several horticultural publications including Fine Gardening Magazine.