Connecticut Horticultural Society

Connecticut Horticultural Society


Fall Plant Sale and Auction: Friday September 26, 2014

Fall is for planting.  We have all heard that and I am here to suggest the perfect place for you to get rare and not so rare plants for your garden – The CHS Fall Auction.
Come join the fun at the CHS Fall Auction and Plant Sale, Friday, September 26, at TAC (Tolland County Agriculture Center) in Vernon, CT. 
We can anticipate  education and amusement  from our fabulous auctioneers who will likely include Adam Wheeler and Chris Koppel from Broken Arrow, John O’Brien from O’Brien Nursery men, and Kevin Wilcox of Sliver Spring Nursery. We are still working on a surprise guest.  Those nurseries, as well as others will be bringing their top quality and unusual plants for us to covet. Many  nurseries contribute to the “loot”, plus our members will be bringing great plants for both the auction and the sale tables.

Bringing donations early helps a lot.  Someone will be at the TAC by 4:30 p.m. to accept plants and set up. If you would like help getting your plants etc. to the auction, please let us know. The plant table viewing will be at 6:30 p.m. with the sale beginning promptly at 7 p.m.  The auction will begin at 7:15 p.m. 

Please let us know if you can help with the auction.  We need volunteers with knowledge in perennials, houseplants, tropicals, shrubs, and/or trees to help tag donations from 4:30-6:45 p.m. We need runners to deliver plants to bidders. If you can be there at 4:30 and would like to help set up tables and chairs, please jump right in.  We also can use help for about 15 minutes after the auction to clean up.

In addition to the essential role of purchaser, you can help out in a myriad of ways. You can ask your local, favorite nursery to contribute. You can bring plants from your garden. . Donations are tax deductible and we can provide a receipt for your/their records. It helps if there is a list of donated material with the donors name and address. 
Click this link to see the list of nurseries that need contacting. Best to do that in 2 steps go and present the request and then go back to actually collect the material as often the person who will make the decision will not be available the first time you visit. Email me with the nursery(ies) that you will visit.

There will also be a list of jobs and volunteers(click here). Think about that as well and also email.
To volunteer or for more information please call Leslie at 860-747-8175.   You can also email Leslie at
Directions to TAC -
The Tolland Agricultural Center (TAC) is off I -84 in Vernon. Take exit 67 - From 84 eastbound - turn left off the exit   or from 84 westbound turn right.    At first traffic light turn right onto Rt. 30 (Hyde Ave.) The center is on the right just past the Rockville Bank.

2012-13 Scholarship Recipients

CHS recognized at the October 2012 program meeting three University of Connecticut students and one student from Naugatuck Valley Community College who each received a CHS scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year.

The UConn student recipients are (above, left to right) Melissa Peterson, Justine Leeper and Elisabeth Thorpe, while at  NVCC, Jane Polacco of Watertown (below) was awarded a scholarship. Congratulations!

Please help CHS support these and other young people training to enter the horticultural field by attending the Fall plant auction and sale Sept. 27,2013 7 p.m. at the Tolland County Agricultural Center in Vernon.


UConn Scholarship Recipients

CHS Scholarship Award Recipients at UConn
by Elaine Widmer

CHS recognized at the May 2012 program meeting three University of Connecticut students who each received a CHS scholarship. The students, who earned bachelor’s degrees in horticulture in December or May, are

-- Shelley Durocher, who received the David J. A. Smith Award.  Durocher is enrolled in a UConn master’s program, researching Japanese barberry under the direction of Mark H. Brand, professor of horticulture. The goal is to create a sterile barberry for distribution. During college, Durocher worked at UConn’s Soil Nutrient Analysis Lab and at the Jonathan Edwards Winery & Vineyard in North Stonington. She is interested in floriculture, breeding and plant propagation, and plant biotechnology. She lives in Vernon.


Shelley Durocher

-- Erica Pagliughi, who received the Edwin D. “Pat” Carpenter Award. Pagliughi works for Christensen Landscape Services in Northford. She enjoys helping clients design their gardens and beautify their properties. While in college, she worked at Burnett’s Landscaping in Salem, Imperial Nurseries in Granby and B&B Landscaping in Glastonbury. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honor Society, the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Dean’s List and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. A Glastonbury resident, she is an avid equestrian who has volunteered with Westfield Riding Club.


Erica Pagliughi 

-- Ashley Saylor, who received the Ludwig Hoffman Memorial Scholarship. Saylor has been employed for several months at CTdaylily in Wallingford. Her goal is to focus on plant propagation and production, especially in a greenhouse setting. She also is interested in direct sales to customers and growers. While in college, she was an intern at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. She was a member of the UConn Horticultural Club, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Dean’s List and the National Honor Society, and was actively involved with Alpha Zeta, QUAD and Tau Beta Sigma. She volunteered with Group Workcamps Foundation, where she painted houses and built decks for disabled, poor and elderly residents.


 Ashley Saylor and CHS Awards Chairman Elaine Widmer

Preparing a Future Generation

The Connecticut Horticultural Society is mindful of its horticultural legacy and the ways in which it passes the legacy to the next generation.

The lynchpin of these efforts is the award of scholarships for deserving students of horticulture in the state. The fund began in 1959 with the award of a single scholarship of $100 to a student at the University of Connecticut. In 2015, CHS will award  $8000, divided among three students in the plant sciences program at UConn ($6,000 total) and two students in the horticulture program at Naugatuck Valley Community College ($2,000 total).

Since its inception, the fund has awarded a total of more than $150,000. The CHS spring and fall plant auctions are the main ways in which the society raises money for the scholarship fund.