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Don’t Miss the CHS Plant Sale & Auction

The timing could not be better … a pre-Mother’s Day plant sale and auction that supports scholarships for horticulture students all courtesy of  The Connecticut Horticultural Society (CHS) this Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Ave., Vernon.

CHS_Spring_Auction3Admission: FREE

Doors open for previews: 5:30 pm

Plant sale starts at 7:00 pm.

Pick out shrubs, bulbs, wildflowers, perennials … all donated by CHS members. Prices range from 50 cents to $5.

Auction begins at 7:15 pm.

CHS raises scholarship funds mainly through its spring and fall plant auctions. Since 1959 this fund has awarded about $150,000. Students  in horticulture programs at the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College apply for these scholarships.

It’s a win-win all around. Mom receives plants grown in other Connecticut gardens and the proceeds of your purchase go to furthering horticultural knowledge and education.

If not for a prior family commitment you’d have to elbow me out of the way for the best deals! If you cannot make it to the sale, consider a monetary donation to the CHS Scholarship Fund. Visit www.cthort.org or call 860-529-8713.

Garden thoughtfully … and enjoy the sale and auction.

Photo courtesy of Colleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Communications, Connecticut Horticultural Society

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Native Plants for Connecticut Gardens

Connecticut gardeners have another opportunity this week to learn more about landscaping with native plants, shrubs and trees. The UConn Garden Conference on March 16, 2012 is one (click on the highlighted link to learn more). Another is at the monthly meeting, Thursday, March 15, 2012 of the Connecticut Horticultural Society when landscape designer Larry Weaner will discuss how to use Connecticut’s native plants to create beautiful, low maintenance landscapes that fit well into the local environment.

His talk, “At Home with Natives,” promises to be another lesson in planting the right plant in the right place for entrance areas, screening and sloped areas, woodland gardens and residential meadows.

Read more about Larry Weaner and how to get to Emmanuel Synagogue in West Hartford by 7:00 pm on March 15, and be sure to bring a $10 donation if you have not yet become a member of Connecticut Horticultural Society.

To bone up on the topic of native plants visit Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. This blog is a great resource for any gardener or naturalist interested in learning more about native plants and how they work in the environment. It covers current issues and basic information that will help you have a good grasp of the issue before hearing Larry Weaner speak.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA To read more about two good resources on native plants in general click on, Make a Difference. Plant Natives, which highlights Doug Tallamy’s book Bringing Nature Home, and On The Bookshelf: The Green Garden: A New England Guide, which reviews Ellen Sousa’s book on planting natives in New England.

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