Gardening Classes


Nancy Teaching at Zion Episcopal Church

Nancy DuBrule-Clemente teaching at Zion Episcopal Church in North Branford.


To Print our March and April 2018  gardening class brochure, CLICK HERE.



Natureworks sells gardening books on various topics for adults and children.

Natureworks carries many gardening books including those by established authors as well as those new on the scene.


Natureworks offers late winter/early spring gardening classes and they have finished for this year. During the growing season, view our Current Events to hear the latest and greatest about the workshops and events, please CLICK HERE.  

Most classes are taught by the owner of Natureworks, Nancy DuBrule-Clemente and since Natureworks retail shop and garden center are closed during the winter, the classes are usually held in the spacious church hall of the Zion Episcopal Church, 326 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT  06471


Registration for classes is through Natureworks however, if you need to reach the church, you may contact them at 203-488-7395





Grow a Healthy Yard – Saturday, March 10th

Learn how to create a yard that is a sanctuary, healthy ecosystem, and meets your needs while reducing inputs and working closely with nature.

9 am-3 pm

$40 all-day pass (must register by 2/25/18)
$45 on the day (walk-ins welcome)

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Location: Zion Episcopal Church


9:15-10:00 – Creating Balance: Less sprays, less inputs, more flowers, more food
Instructor: Nancy DuBrule-Clemente
In 2018, Natureworks raised 1000 monarch butterflies from eggs and caterpillars collected in our organic gardens.
Because monarchs are so sensitive to any sprays (including what we consider the most benign sprays), we dramatically
reduced our organic pest control product usage and put into practice other methods. Nancy will share with you what
we learned: how to scout for pests, use floating row covers, how the timing of plantings makes a big difference to pest
populations, how to encourage beneficial insect populations to do the work for you, and cultural techniques to reduce
insects and diseases naturally.

10:15-11:00 – Growing Flowers from SEED for Pollinators, Beneficial Insects, Hummingbirds, and Butterflies
Instructor: Sandy Merrill
We are THRILLED to have CT’s seed expert Sandy Merrill at our all-day seminar to share her knowledge with you.
She will explain which are the easiest flowers to grow from seed for the creatures we share our yards with. Learn
which seeds should be started ahead of time and how as well as which are easily direct sown into the garden.

11:15-12:00 – An Introduction to Plant Communities- Less Mulch, More Plants, Less Work, More Beauty
Instructor: Nancy DuBrule-Clemente
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

12:00-1:00 – Lunch (bring a brown bag lunch, we will supply beverages)
During lunch, enjoy a streaming slide show of pictures of the gardens, greenhouses, landscapes, and unusual
plants that Nancy saw in her July 2016 custom garden tour of England. She will return again in July of 2018.

1:00-1:45 – Flowers, Food, and Herbs Belong Together!
Instructors: Sandy Merrill and Nancy DuBrule-Clemente
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.

2:00-2:45 – Eek! Weeds!
Instructor: Nancy DuBrule-Clemente
Weeds can be the bane of a gardener’s existence. Yet, they can be understood and managed much more efficiently if
you understand how they work. In this class you will learn how taking an ecological approach to layering your gardens
and managing them differently than the traditional methods of pulling of weeds and annually applying mulch to
dramatically reduce weed populations over time. Passive bed preparation, smothering, flame weeding, and organic
herbicides will also be discussed.

2:45-3:00 – Wrap-up and questions

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Seed Starting Workshops – Saturday, March 24th

Location: Natureworks greenhouse

Instructor: Sandy Merrill

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 a 32 cell tray of different seeds to take home with them. Naturally, the focus will be on all organic methods!

Two Sessions: 10-11:30 am OR 1:00-2:30 pm

Each 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.
Natureworks retail store will be open until 6 pm so you can visit and shop after class.

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Pruning: Overcoming your Fear of Pruning-Basic Principles and Practices – Saturday, April 7th

Location: Zion Episcopal Church
Hours: 10 am-noon $25
Instructor: Nancy DuBrule-Clemente

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.

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Pruning Hydrangeas – Saturday, April 7th

Location: Zion Episcopal Church


1-3 pm $25
Instructor: Lorraine Ballato

CT transplant Lorraine Ballato has just published a groundbreaking book Success with Hydrangeas. It is THE most important reference modern manual on this broad genus of popular garden plants. In this afternoon session, we are thrilled to host Lorraine who will DIG DEEP into the very specific pruning techniques for the many Hydrangea species that we grow in our CT gardens. The research she has done and brought forth in this book is phenomenal. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the expert and ask questions.
Note: This class will be better understood if you take the morning Basic Principles and Practices class first. Following the afternoon class, please join Nancy and Lorraine in the Natureworks gardens for further questions. The retail shop will be open until 6pm.

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