Lectures and Tours

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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, is fluent on many topics and she as well as other knowledgeable staff members are Natureworks lecturers too. Natureworks experts don’t only speak at garden club meetings, any group meeting may be possible.

For information regarding the fee and availability for speaking engagements, we will need some information from you, so please CLICK HERE,  complete the request and we’ll be in touch.



If your group has a topic they would like Nancy, Diane or a Natureworks expert to speak about at your group meeting, but you don’t see it listed on this page, just ask us!

° An Introduction to Plant Communities- Less Mulch, More Plants, Less Work, More Beauty

Designing with plant communities is perhaps the most important and most dramatic shift in thinking to hit the gardening world in a long time. It teaches an ECOLOGICAL approach to design and the concept of MANAGEMENT rather than maintenance of your landscape. Based on her intensive studies of two important books Planting in a Post Wild World and Garden Revolution, Nancy will explain the basics of this new and exciting way of working with your landscape.

° 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.

° Flowers, Food, and Herbs Belong Together!

You can grow your own food no matter how small your yard, terrace, or patio. BUT, when you grow food, you MUST attract bees and other pollinators to make that food happen. In this workshop you will be inspired to create beautiful, productive, and sustainable edible gardens by incorporating annual and perennial flowers and herbs into your design.

° 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Banish gumdrops, lollipops and other outdated planting styles from the front of your house!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!

° 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.

° Planning a Pollinator Garden

Pollinators are in decline and we can help sustain the population. Learn about the plight of our native pollinators and how to manage your landscape to encourage and protect them. Then explore the flowers that our pollinators need from early spring until late fall.

° Plants with a Purpose-More than Just a Pretty Face

The plants we choose to add to our landscapes can provide many functions aside from beauty and landscape design uses. Based on the work of Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke in their important book The Living Landscape, learn what ecological functions plants offer and how to design your property to create a healthy ecosystem for pollinators, birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and all living things that share your world.

° Renovating a Tired Garden

Are you unhappy with your garden? Learn how to analyze what is wrong and right with your garden and then create a plan to renovate it to suite your current likes, needs, and capabilities.

° Save the Monarchs

For the past few years, Natureworks has been raising and releasing thousands of Monarch butterflies by collecting eggs and caterpillars from milkweed and other Asclepias species grown in our organic gardens. Learn why this work is so important, how we did it, and how you can join the movement to raise the migration and help save our precious Monarch butterflies.

° 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!

° 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.

° 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.

° The Bookends of the Season

Learn which plants offer pollen and nectar to our native pollinators during two critical time periods- early spring and later fall. At the same time, you will greatly increase the beauty of your gardens at the times of the year when you need it the most!

° The Butterfly Connection

Nancy will share her insights of how studying and raising Monarch butterflies have enriched her thinking about organic gardening, the use of chemicals, and the importance of grasses, weeds, and plants you may not think are vital to this effort. You will learn all about the larval food plants needed for CT butterflies and Nancy’s favorite nectar plants for summer feeding and fall migration.

° 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.


Topics to choose with a Green Focus:

° Creating an Organic Ecosystem in your Back Yard

° What’s Bugging You,Organic Solutions for Perennial Pests


Nancy can also speak on any of the following topics:

° Amazing Fall Gardens

° Nine months of color with Flowering Shrubs

° Succession of Bloom with Shade Plants

° 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 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_cropped-FullFaceNancy 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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