Spur Your Green Thumb at UConn Garden Conference

Looking for some gardening impetus or to expand your gardening knowledge? You’ll get both at the 2012 Garden Conference at the University of Connecticut on March 16.

I’ve heard two of the speakers and, without reservation, recommend hearing them at least once.

Kerry Ann Mendez starts the day talking about change as an opportunity to create a more beautiful garden. I heard a different presentation by Kerry Ann at the Connecticut Horticultural Society conference in February. To describe her as lively is an understatement and I suspect her presentation will include fantastic photos of the beauty she has created on her own plot of land.

Doug Tallamy is one of the native plant gurus. He exudes valuable information about native trees and plants and their role in home environments. You will come away with new respect for many of the native shrubs and trees you might take for granted. Read my post on his book, Bringing Nature Home.

The afternoon topics cover growing an edible landscape by Charlie Nardozzi, herbs as ornamentals by Jo Ann Gardner, and old and new annuals by Mitch Rand. You might get ideas like these: chives as a border or interplanted in perennial beds, and planting lettuce among annuals and perennials. The lettuce gives early color, fills in space, and is harvested before the annuals grow to full size.


It’s a full day of gardening talk and thoughts of all the beautiful things that come from growing plants, shrubs and trees. Plus, between presentations you can peruse a sizeable collection of gardening-related books – you’re sure to find at least one must-have – and obtain information about local gardening and farming groups.

Register and learn more here: 2012 Garden Conference.

It’s a one stop educational experience bound to inspire you to …

Garden thoughtfully,


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5 comments for “Spur Your Green Thumb at UConn Garden Conference

  1. March 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I have gone in past years, but won’t be there this time. The speakers look really interesting… I’m hoping to read your recap when it’s over!

    • joenesgarden
      March 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Laurrie, I’m not sure I will be able to attend this year either but those who do attend will be in for a treat.

  2. March 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I can’t go this year. 🙁 The speakers are wonderful and I hope a lot of new gardeners get to enjoy Doug Tallamy’s talk. It is quite eye opening and sets each gardener who hears him on a new mission! I will get to attend the upcoming Master Gardener conference (3/24) which has quite the list of speakers as well. The clubs and associations here in CT do a wonderful job bringing us these speakers.

    • joenesgarden
      March 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Diane, You are so right, Doug Tallamy’s presentation and research on the value of native trees is eye-opening and extremely valuable in understanding local ecosystems.

      Connecticut gardeners have wonderful educational opportunities at so many different venues. I’d love to go to them all but, like everyone, I have to pick and choose. I’m unable to attend the Master Gardener conference … please share what you learn there.

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