We're making plans for our daylong Spring into the Garden symposium in February 2014. Details so far:
Date: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Location: Portland High School, Portland
Theme: Sustainable Gardening
Speakers: Colston Burrell, keynote, The Sustainable Garden: magic or myth
and Finishing Touches: The power of details in the garden
Kevin Wilcox, Woody Ornamentals for the Sustainable Garden
Jenny Carey, Gardening Without Water
Other features: Lunch, coffee breaks, diverse vendors, access to master gardeners
Information: email the CHS office to receive updates or if you are interested in being a vendor for this event.
CHS hit the airwaves in advance of the Feb. 4, 2012, symposium to talk about the day's exciting events and other great goings-on in the Connecticut Horticultural Society.
Listen to the podcast of the Jan. 21 "Garden Talk" conversation that featured CHS President Steve Silk and board members Elaine Widmer and Kevin Wilcox. The three joined hosts Len Giddix and Lisa Napolitano on the show, which airs weekly on WTIC-1080AM. The conversation focused on the visual aspect of "the sensuous garden," and included listing some great plants for the winter garden and tips on how to photograph the garden.
2012 CHS Symposium
Thank you, 2012 Symposium Attendees and Contributors
Thanks go out to the more than 200 CHS members and friends who attended the Spring into the Garden symposium Feb. 4, 2012, and to the CHS Education Committee members who helped plan and organize the day-long event.
“We had lots of people stop us and say this was one of the best symposiums they ever attended,” CHS Education Committee Co-chairman Fran Schoell said. “Without all the workers, this event couldn’t have been so successful.”
Speaker Nan Sinton, left, and Joanne Luppi
Fran and co-chair Joanne Luppi also send thanks to the Portland Board of Education for use of the High School/Middle School complex for the event. The rental fee paid by CHS will be applied to the high school’s greenhouse budget. Farrell’s Restaurant must be acknowledged for providing the delicious bistro lunch and coffee-break goodies. Also appreciated were the helping hands offered by members of the Portland-River Valley Garden Club.
Fran and Joanne also would like to thank CHS office administrators Lynn Rouleau (current) and Bonnie McLachlan (retired) for their help with the many administrative details that go into an event such as this, and communications director Colleen Fitzpatrick for helping to publicize the symposium.
The day featured three outstanding speaker-gardeners. Keynote speaker Tony Avent, plant explorer and breeder, owns Plant Delights Nursery, a mail-order nursery in Raleigh, N.C., which offers rare and unusual perennials, hostas and native plants. A prolific author and engaging raconteur, Tony livened up the conference that came during the society’s 125th anniversary year.
Also captivating the audience with their presentations were Kerry Ann Mendez, owner of Perennially Yours in Saratoga, N.Y., and Nan Sinton, of South Dartmouth, Mass., renowned horticulturalist, educator and world traveler.
Joan Stubenrauch, left, and Anne Holcombe peruse the vendor offerings.