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.

Natureworks is open until 7pm on Thursdays in June

 

 


June 18-24 2018  Pollinator Week!

Thursday, June 21st  Summer Solstice – Grow Elderberries!

Hours: 5:30-6:30 pm   FREE workshop in our Teaching Tent

Learn why our native elderberry shrub (Sambucus canadensis) is the BEST plant you can add to your yard for birds, native pollinators, beneficial insects, and HUMANS! We will discuss siting, planting, pruning, harvesting (both flowers and fruit), and creative ways to take advantage of the berries which are an amazing SUPERFRUIT and antioxidant.

 



Saturday, June 23rd – Herbs for Cooking, Herbs for Tea

Hours: 10-11 am  FREE workshop in our Teaching Tent

Learn to grow all kinds of herbs- annuals, biennials, and perennials. We will talk about when to plant, seeds vs. seedlings, soil, fertilizer, container growing, succession cropping, and lots more.

 


New Class Added! Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies – Sunday, June 24th  

Date: Sunday, June 24th
Hours: 1pm 
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

 



Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies –
Thursday, June 28th

Date: Thursday, June 28th
Hours: 1 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

Wine Walk

Hours: 5:30-6:30 pm 

Join Nancy on a relaxing stroll through the Natureworks Demonstration Gardens while sipping a glass of wine. Ask questions, meet fellow garden lovers, and enjoy a fun evening. Bring your friends. This is our last Thursday night when we will be open until 7 pm until December.

 



Saturday, June 30th – There ain’t NOTHIN’ that you can’t do in a Container!

Hours: 10-11am  FREE demonstration in our Teaching Tent

Plant guru Allan Armitage spoke these words and inspired me to create a workshop to inspire YOU to try some new ideas this summer. Container gardening is easy and fun. You can add container gardens to your porch or patio anytime- not just in the spring! Join Nancy as she puts together some very cool combos for the summer season.

 


 

Saturday, July 7th

10:00 – 11:00 am  FREE/Children welcome!

All About the Monarch Butterfly

Natureworks is a safe house for all butterflies, especially the beautiful orange Monarch. In 2017 we raised and released over 1000 Monarchs in our store! We are raising them again this year. Learn all about how to recognize the eggs and the caterpillars, how to collect them and raise them, and why we tag and release them for Monarch Watch. Learn about the different types of Asclepias (milkweed and their ornamental relatives) and the flowers that provide important nectar as they grow. In CT we raise the final generation of Monarchs that make the long journey to Mexico where they overwinter. Our work is critical in assuring that we provide a safe, organic, flower-filled oasis for these precious creatures. The plight of the Monarch butterfly is well known, and has received a lot of attention in the media lately. Learn what YOU can do to help the monarch and their habitats!

 


 

Saturday, July 14th

7:30-9:00 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  FREE!

The Great Summer Cutback!

In July, many of our perennials have become floppy and overgrown. Guess what? If you can muster up the courage to cut them back hard and feed them, many will come back and rebloom later in the summer and fall. Nancy will demonstrate this courageous but important technique in the Natureworks demonstration gardens. She will also teach the fine points of deadheading perennials that have finished blooming as well as open pruning and feeding roses and summer blooming Spireas for a wonderful second season of rebloom.

 


 

 

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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!