Connecticut Horticultural Society

Connecticut Horticultural Society

Special Events

Luminous Laurels

Sunday, June 9, 2013



Luminous Laurels
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Broken Arrow Nursery, Hamden

CHS celebrates the lovely mountain laurels in bloom at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden and Broken Arrow owner Richard Jaynes, for whom a CHS scholarship is being named at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

This special day features tours of the renowned nursery, a slide show narrated by Dick Jaynes, a delicious lunch and a presentation (with cake!) to honor Dick.

Tickets cost $20 (for both CHS members and friends), and $10 for students. To buy tickets, email or call the CHS office, 860-529-8713.

Please join us in honoring a longtime CHS friend and a widely acclaimed horticulturalist! The details:

A Day of Laurels, and More
Sunday June 9, 10 am -3:30 pm
Broken Arrow Nursery, 13 Broken Arrow Road, Hamden

CHS celebrates mountain laurels in bloom at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden and Broken Arrow owner and acclaimed laurel hybridizer Richard Jaynes, for whom a CHS scholarship is being named at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Tickets cost $20 for both CHS members and friends; $10 for students with valid ID. A CHS sticker admits you to our informal luncheon. To buy tickets, contact the CHS office, 860-529-8713 or

10:30: Tour some of Broken Arrow’s distinctive woody plants with Adam Wheeler. If you’ve seen Adam’s great presentation, “Oddball Plants for Oddball People,” you’ve got some idea of the richness of trees and shrubs with variegated, unusual, or colorful foliage in Broken Arrow’s collection.

12: Dick Jaynes will present “Out of the Woods and Into the Garden” a slide presentation covering his 50 years of hunting and hybridizing mountain laurels.

1: A delicious lunch followed by presentation (with cake!) to honor Dick and CHS’ formal announcement of the Dick Jaynes Scholarship.

2:30: Andy Brand will lead a tour highlighting “Rare and Unusual Perennials for the Woodland Garden.” New Polygonatums, Disporums, and Broken Arrow’s great collection of Epimediums will be among the plants featured.

4:00 Broken Arrow closes for the day.

During the day, we’ll also have a silent auction. Broken Arrow is donating several of Dick Jaynes’ latest Kalmia selections, some of which are one of only a couple plants in existence and none of which are available in the trade. 

Mountain laurel photos courtesy of Broken Arrow Nursery: Kalmia latifolia 'Keepsake' (above); K. latifolia 'Tinkerbell' (below)


Apple Tree Grafting

 Apple Tree Grafting Workshop
 March 23, 2013
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Thanks to speakers Tom Christopher, CHS vice president and apple cider maker, and Erica Teveris of Woodland Farm in Glastonbury for a wonderful presentation on the history of apple growing and cider making and a glimpse into the current state of commercial apple growing. Tom and Erica also offered expert instruction in grafting, as participants chose from a range of heritage varieties (Golden Russet, Baldwin, Winesap, R.I. Greening, Winter Banana, Golden Grimes, Calville Blanc  d'Hiver and Ribston Pippen to graft onto dwarf rootstock. Capping the event was a sip or two of fine apple cider. The event was cosponsored by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society and CHS.


Great garden info

Several CHS members met at the Mark Twain House with P. Allen Smith in advance of the November 17, 2012, symposium, and the conversation has made its way on to Smith’s radio show, which airs in his home state of Arkansas. Highlights of the Dec. 22 show include Chrissie D’Esopo of Avon requesting alternatives to impatiens; Barry Avery of North Granby touting the qualities of Bowman’s root (Gillenia trifoliata); Sharon Mann of Bloomfield wondering how to improve the aesthetics of vegetable gardens in borders; Leslie Shields of Plainville and Steve Silk of Farmington discussing roses in winter; Karla Dalley of Farmington offering tips for keeping Sambucas nigra ‘Black Lace’ healthy; Kevin Wilcox of Bloomfield asking about stalwart, older-plant varieties.
     On the Dec. 8 show, Steve introduces CHS and talks about the keen interest among younger gardeners in growing food, Leslie touts the spring and fall plant auctions and Colleen Plimpton of Bethel asks about heritage poultry breeds. Listen to the podcasts to pick up great gardening information and to hear Smith call CHS members “some of (his) favorite plant-geek friends."

"The Garden Home in All Seasons," Nov. 17, 2012


* "The Garden Home in All Seasons" symposium
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 5:30-7 p.m., VIP reception with P. Allen Smith

Katharine Seymour Day  House, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m., symposium
The Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford

These exciting events, sponsored by CHS and The Mark Twain House & Museum, include a daylong symposium with three dynamic speakers and a reception the previous evening with keynote speaker P. Allen Smith. The Saturday symposium features talks by 

  -- P. Allen Smith, award-winning garden, lifestyle and food expert, host of several nationally broadcast television shows and book author. His talk will be about  "The Garden Home in All Seasons."

  -- Tomasz Anisko, curator of plants at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., who has traveled the world collecting plants. Even the most mundane trip can become an excuse for plant exploration, as Tomasz will explain in his talk, "Plant Exploration at Home and Abroad."

  -- Ruth Loiseau, master floral designer and owner of Ruth L. in Suffield, who has worked at White House events since the Reagan administration. As Ruth creates exquisite floral arrangements (which will be auctioned off in the afternoon), she will take you "From the White House to Your House."

The day also features holiday-themed demonstrations, a silent auction, vendor marketplace and station tours of the Mark Twain House. A boxed lunch is included. Cost is $85 for members of CHS or the Mark Twain House; $95, general public. Ample, onsite parking is available. Enter the driveway to the Mark Twain House Museum and Visitor Center off Farmington Avenue and turn left or right for free  parking at 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. >>

Tickets to the intimate cocktail reception Friday evening with P. Allen Smith, Tomasz Anisko and Ruth Loiseau at the historic Katharine Seymour Day House at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford cost $40. Enjoy cocktails and nibbles while chatting with the speakers. Free parking is available at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center at 77 Forest St., and if that space is full, parking is available at  65 and 66 Forest St.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 860-280-3130, or visiting the Mark Twain House at 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford.  Tickets are not being sold through the CHS office.

Thank You to Our Symposium Sponsors 

Proceeds from sponsorship of “The Garden Home in All Seasons” will support the educational programs of CHS and the master gardeners who maintain the gardens, grounds and conservatory of the Mark Twain House.

Broken Arrow Nursery
13 Broken Arrow Rd.
Hamden, CT 065183

CT Flower & Garden Show
Feb. 21-24, 2013
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Friendship Tours & the Ship Shop
533 Cottage Grove Rd.
Bloomfield, CT 06002

John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs and Kitchen Garden Seeds
23 Tulip Dr., P.O. Box 638
Bantam, CT 06750

The Yard Group, LLC
36 Commerce St.
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Timber Press
133 SW 2nd Ave. #450
Portland, OR 97204


Past events

A CHS Birthday Party
June 16 & 17, 2012

Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, owner of Natureworks garden center in Northford, hosts a birthday bash in honor of the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s 125th anniversary year. Festivities include a free plant demonstration by CHS President Steve Silk, a 20 percent discount to CHS members on plant purchases, a self-guided visit to a private garden, and the chance to win a $125 gift certificate from Natureworks. The goal is to recognize the society and help it top the 1,000-member mark during its anniversary year.


 CHS President Steve Silk and Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, Natureworks owner and CHS member  (Photo: Lynn Rouleau)

Movie Night: Organic Lawn Care
Dec. 6, 2011
The CHS Education Committee teams up with the Portland Library to show "A Chemical Reaction," a documentary film directed by Brett Plymale about the movement that opposes the use of chemical pesticides on lawns.  A question-and-answer session with pesticide expert Scott Reil of Colchester follows.

Connecticut Vines and Wines
Nov. 15, 2011

This special program in West Hartford features CHS President Steve Silk, who will begin the evening with a brief, lively presentation on fermentation. Charlie Stephenson, the founding winemaker at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards in Simsbury, will then talk about growing grapes in Connecticut and making wine. A wine tasting will follow. The event is co-sponsored by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

Tapas at Twilight in the Garden
Aug. 5, 2011

Savor the beauty of summer by enjoying tapas and a twilight stroll through the 9-acre Retsema garden in Stonington with CHS members and friends.