Events & Classes

UPCOMING EVENTS


REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR OUR GARDENING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS SCROLL DOWN TO LEARN MORE AND TO REGISTER ONLINE.

 

If an event does not have a fee or a class limit, there is no need to register. Just show up a 15 minutes before the start of the event to be sure that you get a seat under our teaching tent.

Our Garden Walks are held in our Demonstration Gardens. Please dress for walking on uneven ground and be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen.

 



Facebook Live Thursdays!

Tune in for Natureworks Facebook Live every Thursday evening at 5 pm.

Closed – Sunday & Monday for the summer

 



Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies –
Thursday, July 19

Date: Thursday, July 19th 
Hours: 1-2:30-pm
Location: Natureworks Greenhouse

This will be a training workshop.  Learn you how you can become a Monarch Waystation and what that entails. Then, learn the very specific protocol and techniques that we used at Natureworks to raise monarch butterflies from eggs and caterpillars. Finally, learn how to order tags and tag butterflies for Monarch Watch. Excellent for parents, teachers, garden clubs, land trusts, and organizations that would like to #Raise the Migration.

Registration Required: $10

Class Limit: 18

REGISTER HERE, stop in, or call 203-484-2748

 


 

Saturday, July 21st

10:00 – 11:30 am

Success with Hydrangeas

We are honored to be hosting CT author and hydrangea expert Lorraine Ballato under our teaching tent at Natureworks. She has recently published THE BOOK on this subject: Success with Hydrangeas. Lorraine presented a workshop this winter that opened our eyes to the new cutting edge varieties and techniques that she will share with you. Learn about the different species and varieties of hydrangeas, how to site them, water them, feed them, and prune them. We will have a nice selection of hydrangeas to study and purchase. You must register in advance and seating is limited so register early. Lorraine will be signing and selling her books after class.

Fee: $20  Class Limit: 25

REGISTER HERE, stop in, or call 203-484-2748

 


 

Thursday, July 26th

5:30 – 6:30 pm (open until 7pm tonight only)

Wine Walk with Nancy- Made in the Shade

Join us for a relaxing stroll through the Natureworks demonstration gardens with Nancy while sipping a glass of wine. We will focus on perennials, shrubs, annuals, and foliage plants that are featured in our shady demonstration gardens. Treat yourself to a refreshing evening out and see what’s blooming at this time of year. Bring a friend! Shade plants are available for purchase right after the walk for 10% off to attendees.

 


 

Saturday, July 28th

12:00-2:00 pm

Herbal Tea Luncheon with Sandy Merrill

For the first time ever, we are hosting an herbal tea luncheon under the teaching tent at Natureworks! Join Sandy Merrill for a delightful afternoon filled with refreshing herbal beverages, delicious food made with herbs, recipes, ideas, information, and inspiration. Seating is limited to 20 participants and you must pre-register in advance by July 24th. Spread the word, tell your friends, don’t miss this exciting event!

Wear a festive summer hat.

Please bring your own place setting (glass, teacup, silverware) if possible.

Fee: $25  Limit:20 people

REGISTER HERE, stop in, or call 203-484-2748

 


 

Saturday, August 4th

2-5 pm FREE!

NOFA Friends and Family Celebration

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT is THE group in our state that is working hard to assure access to safe, organic food and organic landscapes for many years. NOFA/CT was started in 1982. Nancy was on the board of directors for many years and was the president during the 1990’s.

At this gathering, we will:

  • Share delicious snacks and drinks including herbal iced teas and a sampling of organic wines.
  • Meet other like-minded organic home gardeners, farmers, and landscapers.
  • Treat your kids to fun activities in our organic gardens
  • Learn from the old timers- all former board members and officers are invited to attend.
  • FREE WORKSHOP at 2:30 pm Second Season Organic Veggies 

Early August is your chance to plant a SECOND round of vegetables for fall harvests. This is a HUGE opportunity as many plants thrive in the cooler temperatures of fall. Lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, broccoli raab, carrots, radishes, and so much more can be planted now. Nancy will explain how it works-which plants to start from seed, which ones to plant from seedlings (yes we will have plenty) and how to plan and organize this wonderful SECOND SEASON.

  • FREE Garden Walk with Nancy at 3:30 pm- Stroll the Natureworks organic demonstration gardens and see what is in bloom in August.
  • Join NOFA/CT or renew your membership- it is SO IMPORTANT to support the vital work that is done by NOFA/CT every day.

Registration: There is no cost to attend this event, and you don’t have to be a NOFA/CT member  (but we HOPE you will join if you’re not!)

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut’s mission is to ensure the growth and viability of organic agriculture, organic food, and organic land care in Connecticut. We envision a healthy, organic Connecticut founded on ecologically, socially and economically just principles. In addition to our food-based initiatives, CT NOFA also runs the NOFA Organic Land Care program to train the next generation of organic landscapers, land managers, and conservationists.

 


 

Thursday, August 9th

6:30- 10 pm

Art Bra 2018 at the Aqua Turf

In 2013 Nancy created an art bra and modeled on the runway and raised over $1000 for After the Storm, a local group that helps breast cancer survivors. This year, Natureworks is making and donating a bra for this event. Grab your friends and attend one of the most amazing fashion shows you will ever see and help raise tons of money for this great group.

http://www.afterthestorminc.org/art-bra-2018

 


 

Saturday, August 11th

8:00-9:00 am Early Bird Sale 

Coffee and a free $5 gift card for those who make a purchase of $20 or more before 9 am.

10:00 – 11:00 am

Shade Stroll with Nancy  FREE!

Join Nancy for an unscripted stroll through the Natureworks demonstration gardens, with a focus on plants for summer and fall that will make your shade garden amazing. Nancy will share professional techniques for soil preparation, feeding, watering, and design for gardens that are “sun challenged”. Herbal iced tea will be served after the walk.

 


 

Saturday, August 18th

2nd Annual KIDS DAY AT NATUREWORKS

10:00am-12:00pm $5

It’s KIDS’ DAY at Natureworks!

This Saturday we will be setting up fun, creative and educational activities for young gardeners and explorers. Rock painting, flower planting, and kid-friendly garden tours will be some of the activities offered. Wear your finest play clothes and come learn about nature with Nancy and the Natureworkers!

This is an open-house style event. Our activity stations will be ongoing, so arrive anytime between 10 and 12 for kid-oriented fun. We request that children be supervised by guardians at all times.

Please Register Here and pay $5 fee in advance and arrive anytime between 10am-12pm.

 


 

Saturday, August 25th

10:00 – 11:00 am

Grow a Healthy Bowl of Fall Organic Veggies

Learn about what delicious vegetables you can grow in containers (and in the garden) for fall. Then attendees will plant one up with our guidance to take home! It will include a selection of yummy organic vegetables and seeds. Registration required, Limit 20 attendees.

$25 fee includes education, container, soil, vegetable and seeds.

REGISTER HERE, stop in, or call 203-484-2748

 


 

 

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LISTEN IN

 

Garden Talk airs Saturdays on WTIC AM  12:00-2:00 pm.

To listen live or to replay the archived Garden Talk shows on your computer or other device,
http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/audio/garden-talk/

You can also listen live on radio.com,
http://player.radio.com/listen/station/1080-wtic-newstalk

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Duo Dickinson, host of Home Page…Growing at Home interviews 3 visionaries: Garden designers,  Lucy Van Liew, Anne Christie and  our own Nancy DuBrule-Clemente

Listen to the May 25, 2017 broadcast, now available in their archives

http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/185537/home-page-duo-dickinson

 

Read more about Duo and these garden designers by visiting

https://savedbydesign.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/growing-at-home/

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You’ll find internet radio for lower Connecticut River Valley on
http://www.icrvradio.com/
You can click the button near LIVE AUDIO STREAM or download their app!

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Did you know the September 2017 recording, photos and article

Tagged And Tracked: Monarch Butterflies Set Out From Connecticut To Mexico

by Patrick Skahil is available on the WNPR website? 

http://wnpr.org/post/tagged-and-tracked-monarch-butterflies-set-out-connecticut-mexico

When on the page, be sure to click the icon to listen to the 1 minute 50 second recorded interview with Diane and Jillian.

 

Unless otherwise noted all events at Natureworks are free of charge. No pre-registration is needed, just show up!