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.
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
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