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Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, the owner of Natureworks provides lively educational presentations which could be given at your next group meeting. Diane St. John, the retail manager of Natureworks, also offers talks. Natureworks experts don’t only speak at garden club meetings, any group meeting may be possible. For information regarding her fee and availability for speaking engagements, we will need some information from you, so please CLICK HERE to learn what we’ll need from you to process your request.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
If your group has a topic they would like Nancy or a Natureworks expert to speak about at your group meeting, but you don’t see it listed on this page, just ask us!
° Foundation Plantings & Your Front Yard: 21st Century Design Concepts
Banish gumdrops, lollipops and other outdated planting styles from the front of your house! Whether you are starting from scratch or redesigning a “post-mature” landscape eyesore, this class will expand your mind with myriad possibilities, design styles, and plant choices.
° Growing Fresh, Organic Food in your Own Back Yard
No matter how big or small your yard, garden, or container garden area is, you can grow some of your own food! Learn about basic vegetable crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes, garlic, greens, carrots, cucumbers, squash, and beans. Find out which plants you should start ahead of time and which can be direct seeded in the garden. Learn how to organize your planting beds so you can rotate crops to prevent diseases. Discover how to double your harvest in a small space by planting in succession from early spring until fall. Of course, you will learn how to do it all organically!
° Blended Gardens
Learn how easy it is to blend edibles with ornamentals! Nancy will share with you her design tips for weaving vegetables, small fruits, and herbs into your landscape. Using her own yard as an example, she will show how pretty and productive edible landscaping can be. Learn why it is so important for pollinators to always have flowers and food growing together.
° Small Gardens
Designing a garden in a small yard can be challenging. Every choice takes on greater importance when space is limited. Nancy will explain the basic design principles that will make your garden a place of beauty.
° The Healing Power of Plants
Did you know edible herbs and flowers have a wide range of beneficial features and aid digestion, sore throats, the treatment of insomnia and reducing inflammation. A variety of plants, herbs and flowers will be discussed, explaining their beneficial properties and versatile application in everyday life. Creating gardens as sanctuaries to quiet the mind and reduce stress will also be discussed.
° Old Wood, New Wood- A Pruning Primer
Learn the reasons for pruning shrubs at different times of the year. Understand the natural habit of a plant, how to prune to generate abundant flowers and fruit on new wood as well as how to deal with dead or diseased growth.
° Simplifying Your Garden
Do you love to garden but find that the landscape you’ve created is too much work for you to handle? You are not alone! I will help you to get a handle on the process of simplifying or possibly downsizing your gardens to accommodate your changing physical abilities or other realities. Determine your wants and needs and formulate a systematic approach to making the decisions necessary so your yard is a livable space for years to come. Begin enjoying your gardens again!
° Succession of Bloom with Native Plants
Native plants are adaptable to Connecticut conditions, easy to grow, and help build habitats, even in suburban backyards. Learn how to incorporate a wide palette of native perennials, ornamental grasses, trees, and shrubs into your landscape to provide colorful blossoms, berries, and foliage every single month of the growing season.
° Superior Plants for Connecticut Gardens
What makes a plant truly garden worthy? With more than 25 years of hands-on gardening experience, we’ll teach you what plants WE think are the best and why. Besides expanding your plant palette, you will learn to ask the right questions when deciding on varieties of perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and vines to select for your own gardens.
Topics to choose with a Green Focus:
° Creating an Organic Ecosystem in your Back Yard
° Lawn Reduction & Lawn Alternatives
° What’s Bugging You,Organic Solutions for Perennial Pests
Nancy can also speak on any of the following topics:
° Boughs & Berries! Beautiful Winter Greenery for Decorating Inside & Out
° Cottage Garden Style for American Gardeners
° Fall Bloomers
° Nine months of color with Flowering Shrubs
° Perennial Shade Gardening
° Succession of Bloom with Shade Plants, in the Perennial Garden
° Unusual Annuals & Tropicals for Container Gardens
° Unusual Herbs & Edible Flowers
Hosting Clubs at Natureworks
We welcome all gardening clubs, camera clubs, and groups of various interests.
Coming to visit us?
Natureworks Horticultural Services of Northford, CT specializes in perennial gardening and has been educating the public and promoting sustainable, organic gardening practices since 1983. We invite you to visit our amazing acre of demonstration gardens for information and inspiration.
Get the most from your trip to Natureworks by planning to spend the day in the area…
* make an appointment with us for a free private garden walk for your group of 12 or more avid gardeners
* have lunch at a nearby restaurant
* take a boat tour of the Thimble Islands in Stony Creek
* many local places to visit
Nancy DuBrule-Clemente is the owner of Natureworks Horticultural Services, an organic garden center, landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance service in Northford, Ct. Started in 1983, the Natureworks crews and retail store have sold and used only organic fertilizers and pest control products since the business began. Education is the primary focus of Natureworks. Emails, handouts, website, social media posts and web videos, articles for local newspapers and magazines, talks to groups and radio interviews all combine to spread the word about organic and sustainable practices. Nancy graduated from the Ratcliffe Hicks School of the University of Connecticut with a degree in Floriculture. She is the coauthor (with Marny Smith) of A Country Garden for your Backyard, published by Rodale Press in 1995. She is the author of Succession of Bloom in the Perennial Garden, self published in 2004. She is a former board member and past president of NOFA/CT and is currently on the board of the CT. Nurserymen’s Foundation.
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