Events & Classes

UPCOMING EVENTS


2019 Winter and Early Spring Classes and Workshops

Workshops and Garden Walks will be held at Natureworks in Northford.

Classes will be held at Zion Episcopal Church in North Branford.

 

Directions to Zion Episcopal Church

Zion Episcopal Church  326 Notch Hill Rd., North Branford, CT 

The Zion Episcopal Church is located south of the intersection of Rt. 80 and Rt. 22, next to the funeral home. From Natureworks, go south on Rt. 22 until you reach Rt. 80. Take a left on Rt. 80, at the third stoplight, take a right onto Rt. 22 (Notch Hill Rd.).

From Durham and the north:

The church is located just south of Rt. 80 on Route 22 East (Notch Hill Rd). It is just past the funeral home on your right. 

From Branford and the south:

Take Rt. 22 from Rt. 1 (Bill Miller’s is on the corner). The church is on the left just before the intersection of Rt. 80.

 


Natureworks is CLOSED for the season.

Our retail shop will reopen March 20, 2019. 


 

On The Road…

Natureworks will bring many items for sale to the Ct. Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT.

The 4 day event is held at the Connecticut Convention Center,

Thursday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. 

View their website for all the details, Click Here.


 

Saturday March 9, 2019

Have a Happy Habitat Day!

Registration Required: $50 for an all-day pass

SIGN UP ONLINE or call 203-484-2748

Location: THIS IS A CLASS AT ZION EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Designing a Happy Habitat

Every yard can take part in the restoration of healthy habitats which lead to healthy neighborhoods which foster healthy communities. Nancy will begin the day by explaining the big picture concepts we all should embrace- lawn reduction, sheltering evergreens and hedgerows, blended gardens of perennial edibles, herbs, vegetables, and flowering plants, the importance water, organic land care, and more. See your yard with new eyes and explore exciting design possibilities for the upcoming growing season.  

Instructor: Nancy DuBrule-Clemente

10:30 am-11:30 am

How to Build a Happy Bird Habitat for You and the Birds

Turn your yard into bird friendly habitat, no matter the size. Learn which specific native plants to add to your yard to provide a year-round supply of berries. Grow your own birdseed garden with by planting perennials and annuals that form seeds the birds love to eat. Understand the specific plants you can add to provide nectar to hummingbirds all summer long. Bird friendly gardening practices will attract many species of birds to your yard, and bring delight to you and your family all season.

Instructor: Suzanne Hauselt, Natureworker and avid birder 

LUNCH BREAK  11:30-12:15

Bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided throughout the day.

12:15-2:00 pm

Grow a Happy Meadow

Picture a summer day when tall grasses and flowers stand where lawnmower’s gray blades once thrashed. Then imagine watching all the colorful birds, bees, and butterflies that come by for nectar, pollen, and seeds. Perhaps you’ve tried a meadow before and been disappointed. Don’t let some myths and mysteries stand between you and a happy day. Join Connecticut’s own Kathy Connolly for an inspiring talk on meadows. Kathy is a landscape designer who specializes in naturalized designs, low-impact techniques, and native plants for homeowners, municipalities, and other organizations. She is a columnist for The Day community papers in southeastern Connecticut. In 2018, she gave more than 25 talks for organizations such as New England Wildflower Society, the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, master gardeners, museums, libraries, land trusts, and garden clubs.

Instructor: Kathy Connelly

2:15-3:15 pm

Blending Annual and Perennial Flowers into the Vegetable Garden

Boost the benefits of your vegetable garden by feeding beneficial insects! This workshop will teach you how to incorporate native flowers into your vegetable garden to increase pollination, reduce pests, and sustain wildlife. Create a beautiful garden that feeds you and our endangered native insects. Participants will learn which native perennials support the most wildlife on the vegetable garden border, and which annual flowers to plant with vegetables for maximum pollinator support.

Instructor: Eliza Caldwell, Natureworker and avid edible gardener

 

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Saturday March 23, 2019

Garden Maintenance and Pruning the Natureworks Way

Location: THIS IS A CLASS AT ZION EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Garden Maintenance throughout the Growing Season The Natureworks Way

We are absolutely thrilled that Lisa Elder, Senior Crew Leader of one of our Natureworks gardening teams, has offered to teach an in-depth workshop on caring for your garden, organically, the Natureworks way. She will discuss watering (what is too much or too little), weeding (identifying weeds and managing them), perennial pruning, deadheading, and pinching, and pest patrol (good bug or bad bug and what can I do and still protect the earth?) Lisa is very sensitive to the environmental impacts of her work, always looking to nature for solutions. Learn professional maintenance techniques from someone who has been out in the field, 40 hours per week, managing gorgeous gardens, for many years.

Bring an empty plastic water bottle and Lisa will teach you how to make a recycled rain gauge

Instructor: Lisa Elder, Senior Crew Leader, Natureworks

Registration Required: $25

SIGN UP ONLINE or call 203-484-2748

 

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Saturday March 23, 2019

Location: THIS IS A CLASS AT ZION EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

1:00-3:00 pm

Overcoming your Fear of Pruning-Basic Principles and Practices  

Don’t pick up a pair of pruners or, worse yet, an electric hedge trimmer, until you have taken this class! Learn how proper pruning can make your plants healthier, longer lived, and much more floriferous. Discover which plants should be pruned in the early spring, which should be pruned in late spring/early summer, which can be pruned in the fall, and why. Learn about renewal pruning, open pruning, and other important techniques.

Instructor: Nancy DuBrule-Clemente

Registration Required: $25

SIGN UP ONLINE or call 203-484-2748

 


 

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Organic Seed Starting Workshop with Eliza (the same workshop will be given 3/31/2019)

In this class you will learn all about starting warm season vegetable, herb, and flower crops (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil, and more) indoors to plant outside in late May after the danger of frost is over. Students will each plant and label a 32 cell tray of different seeds to take home with them.

Registration required: This session is limited to 8 students. Sign up early to reserve your spot!

Cost: $40   Includes class, seeds, tray, planting pots, organic soil, and humidity dome.   

Location: THIS IS A WORKSHOP AT NATUREWORKS.

SIGN UP ONLINE or call 203-484-2748

 



Sunday, March 31st, 2019

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Organic Seed Starting Workshop with Eliza (the same workshop will be given 3/30/2019)

In this class you will learn all about starting warm season vegetable, herb, and flower crops (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil, and more) indoors to plant outside in late May after the danger of frost is over. Students will each plant and label a 32 cell tray of different seeds to take home with them. 

Registration Required. This session is limited to 8 students. Sign up early to reserve your spot!

Cost: $40   Includes class, seeds, tray, planting pots, organic soil, and humidity dome.   

Location: THIS IS A WORKSHOP AT NATUREWORKS.

SIGN UP ONLINE or call 203-484-2748

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Saturday April 6, 2019

9:00-11:00 am

Month by Month in the Food Garden

Spend the morning with Nancy learning how to grow food month by month. You don’t need a big garden! You can grow in Smart Pots, containers on the deck, even mix food in your yard through edible landscaping. Beginning with winter planning, Nancy will walk you through seed starting, cool season spring crops, hot summer plantings, and the often overlooked fall growing season. Learn tricks to extend the growing season, maximize your harvests, and of course, do it all organically.

Instructor: Nancy DuBrule-Clemente

Registration Required: $25

Location: THIS IS A WORKSHOP AT NATUREWORKS.

SIGN UP ONLINE or call 203-484-2748

 

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Saturday April 6, 2019

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Raised Bed Gardening 

We are thrilled to have Sue Lavallee, passionate gardener and Coast of Maine Organic Products representative, join us for this information-packed seminar! Learn the methods and importance of topdressing and incorporating compost into your garden beds every year, the no-till method of gardening, the importance of organic gardening practices and the Soil Food Web.  Beginning with planning on paper, learn about building materials, choosing your location, figuring out the size of the beds, and how many you need.  Sue will teach you how to calculate the volume of soil necessary to fill your beds, what soil works best, and why it is important to pre-warm the soil at various times of the growing season.  Timing, irrigation, organic feeding, and seasonal maintenance of your beds will complete the picture.

Registration Required: $25

Location: THIS IS A WORKSHOP AT NATUREWORKS.

SIGN UP ONLINE or call 203-484-2748

 


 

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Organic Lettuce and Alyssum Bowls

Come learn about the different varieties of lettuce we carry and then choose and plant your own container to cut and cut again for home-grown organic salad.

Registration required: $25 includes 3 lettuce plants, alyssum flowers, bowl, soil & expert instruction.

Location: THIS IS A WORKSHOP AT NATUREWORKS.

SIGN UP ONLINE, stop in or call 203-484-2748

 


Saturday, April 13th, 2019

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Get a Head Start on Dahlias  

Want a head start on growing dahlias this year? Join Nancy (who absolutely ADORES dahlias) for this workshop! We will provide dahlia tubers, organic potting medium, 2 containers and all the knowledge you need to be a fellow-dahlia lover.  Dahlias are the stars of any cut flower bouquet and benefit from being started early before being planted in a garden or larger outdoor pot.

Registration required: $35 This class is limited to 12 students.

Location: THIS IS A WORKSHOP AT NATUREWORKS.

SIGN UP ONLINE, stop in or call 203-484-2748

 


 

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Wake up the Garden for Spring   FREE GARDEN WALK

Join Nancy for the very first garden walk of the season and learn how to cut back perennials, feed the soil with our “Magic Formula”, and prune summer blooming shrubs. Beginner and advanced techniques will be demonstrated.

Location: THIS IS A WALK AT NATUREWORKS.

SIGN UP ONLINE, stop in or call 203-484-2748

 


HARDCOPY CLASS DESCRIPTIONS and REGISTRATION

CLICK HERE to view/print the 4 page class brochure pdf.

CLICK HERE to view/print the registration page pdf.

NOFA CEUs available for classes!



Thank you for Shopping Local!

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.

 

 

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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!