Garden Club Events
Karen Bussolini is the guest speaker at Tolland Garden Paths garden club Harvest Gathering, Sunday, Oct. 20, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at the Lodge at Crandall's Park in Tolland. The event will include a potluck luncheon at 1 p.m.; Bussolini's presentation is at 2 p.m. Bussolini is a garden photographer, speaker, writer, NOFA-accredited organic land care professional and eco-friendly garden coach. Her talk is on "Survival in the Darwinian Garden, Planting the Fittest." Free. Information: email@example.com, 860-872-3763.
The Simsbury Garden Club presents "Simplifying Your Garden" by Nancy DuBrule-Clemente Monday, Oct. 21 at Eno Hall, 754 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. Refreshments and socializing at 6:30 p.m.; a short business meeting at 7; and the presentation is scheduled to begin at 7:30. DuBrule-Clemente, owner of Natureworks in Northford, will discuss how to simplify or downsize your gardens to accommodate your changing physical abilities or other realities so you can enjoy your garden again. Information: 860-408-9586.
The Vernon Garden Club presents a talk by Allen Valli on "Tips for growing veggies organically" Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Rockville United Methodist Church, 142 Grove St. Valli, a Vernon organic vegetable gardener and bee keeper at Valley Falls Farm, will share knowledge gained while growing organic vegetables for market. Honey will be available for tasting and for sale. Refreshments and a business meeting will follow. Guests welcome. Information: 860-872-4028.
The Garden Club of Mansfield and the Garden Club of Windham will jointly meet Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Buchanan Center, Mansfield Public Library, Rt. 89. John Meyer, film maker and Natchaug River resident and Warren Church, past president of Joshua's Trust, will speak on "Preserving Our Most Precious Resource," discussion responsible watershed management. Refreshments. Suggested fee for non-members is $5.
The Enfield Garden Club presents "Herbal Teas for Health" Wednesday, Oct. 23, featuring Gayle Nogas, master herbalist. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the dining room at St. Joseph's Residence, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield. New members are welcome. Guest fee $5. Information: 860-749-3578.
The Country Gardeners Garden Club of Glastonbury meets Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Woodland Gardens in Manchester. Pat Cannon will assist members in making terrariums. Hostesses for the evening are Marilyn Fleming and Barbara Lee; with flowers provided by Virginia Valace. To attend, call 860-633-0680.
Hardy Plant Society's October meeting includes a discussion by Ed Gregan, a field representative covering the coastal Northeast from Carlton Plants, LLC of Dayton, OR. The meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23 is at the Solomon Welles House, Wethersfield. Socializing and goodies begin at 7 p.m., with the speaker scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 for non-members. Information: 860-747-8175.
The Suffield Garden Club will present a Standard Flower Show, "Bring Out the Bling," Oct. 25, 1 to 4 p.m., and Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Phelps Hatheway House and Barn. Information: 860-668-7789.
The Middletown Garden Club will stage "A Fine Prospect," a Garden Club of America flower show, Oct. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth St, Middletown. Floral arrangers will interpret the story of Colonel and Mrs. Clarence Wadsworth, their lavish lifestyle, and the restoration of their Beaux Arts mansion by the City of Middletown. Admission is free.
The Bud and Blossom Garden Club of Wethersfield will meet Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield in Room S-3. Richard Benfield, professor of geography at CCSU, will discuss "Great Gardens of the World." Hostesses are Claire Merkle and Susan Mauro; flowers by Maryanne Shinn.
West Hartford Garden Club meets Nov. 7 at noon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford. Bill Duesing will speaking on "Our Yard and the Planet: Making Positive and Beautiful Connections." Guest donation is $10. Reservations are required: 860 521-2439.
Manchester Garden Club presents guest speaker Mike Orzlowski, owner of Park Hill Joyce Florist (Oak Street, Manchester), on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Orzlowski will talk about holiday floral arrangements. Suggested donation for guests is $5. The meeting will be at Center Congregational Church, 41 Center Street, Manchester. Social time and refreshments begin at 7, and the meeting follows at 7:30. New members are welcome.
Carrie Wilcox discusses "Festive and Easy Decoration for Your Home for the Holidays" at the Cherry Brook Garden Club of Canton meeting Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Wilcox is the owner of Carrie Wilcox Floral Design in Fairfield. In 2012, she earned the European Masters Certification after studying in Bruges, Belgium for a month, and is a candidate for the AIFD designation. She is currently writing a book on the fragrance of flowers. The meeting is at the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave. Information: cherrybrookgardenclubcantonct.org.
The Kensington Garden Club is offering a program on Nov. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., featuring designer and artist, Alice Porter Flagg. Flagg will do floral arrangements in new holiday themes and they will be raffled off. The free event is at the Community Center, 230 Kensington Rd, Kensington.
The Bristol Garden Club will meet Nov. 21 at Bristol Public Library, 5 High St. There will be a business meeting at 10 a.m.; refeshments at 11:30; and the speaker, Kymrie Zaslow, "Decorating with Flowers," at noon. The event is open to the public for speaker only. Informaiton: 203-879-2921.
Elizabeth Park Events
Full Moon Tour: Saturday, Oct. 19. Join Paul Condon for a walking tour of Elizabeth Park at twilight. Meet at 6:30 at the Pond House. For all ages. Bring a flashlight. Free. Rain date is Oct. 20.
Rose Garden Volunteer Saturday: Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to noon. Prune and weed. Bring garden gloves, trowels and garden claws.
Information: http://www.elizabethparkct.org or 860-231-9443.