Plants for Bees, Hummingbirds & Butterflies

The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden will host a workshop, "Plants for Bees, Hummingbirds and butterflies," on Aug. 17, from 2-3:30 p.m. (Handout / August 7, 2014)

Simsbury SolarFest

A SolarFest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Flamig Farm, 7 Shingle Mill Road, West Simsbury. Talk with experts on solar, geothermal and wind energy. Tour a live solar photovoltaic and solar thermal facility. Go for a ride on a pony or in a Tesla electric car. Live music, refreshments, children's activities and a petting zoo. $2 admission. Information: 860-658-3213.

Peach Fest

Celebrate the peach and nectarine season with a festival at Lyman Orchards, Aug. 16, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel, 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield. Activities include breakfast on deck from 8-11 a.m. Pick your own peaches, nectarines and blueberries; peach treats on the deck from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., wagon and pony rides, macaroni kids necklace making, face painting, live music and a pie eating contest at 3:30 p.m. Information: http://www.lymanorchards.com and 860-349-1793.

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

Volunteers are invited to work in the garden Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to noon. Bring garden gloves, trowels and garden claws. Information: http://www.elizabethparkct.org and 860-231-9443860-231-9443.

One Of Glastonbury's Best-Kept Secrets

Every Tuesday, from 1 to 4 p.m., throughout the summer, the Historical Society of Glastonbury invites all to tour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House at 972 Main St., South Glastonbury. Costumed docents will greet guests and give a tour of what was considered a mansion in its day. The house, originally owned by John Welles, a Glastonbury shipyard owner, features the largest known period kitchen fireplace in Connecticut, unique antiques (including one of two high back Queen Anne corner chairs known to exist), a loom, weaving and spinning equipment. Walk through the kitchen garden on your way to tour the backyard property that includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, and historic grapevines and maple trees. The cost is $5 for ages 12 and older. Admission is free for HSG members and Glastonbury Garden Club members. Information: http://www.hsgct.org and 860-633-6890860-633-6890.

Lighthouse Tours

New London Maritime Society's annual celebration of all things lighthouse, "Sentinels on the Sound: Summer Lighthouse Weekends,'' presents four months of lighthouse boat trips through Oct. 26. Includes five different trips, including two Full-Moon Lighthouse trips and three trips to visit the mysterious Plum Island, along with special events and a regatta. A full schedule of summer activities is at http://www.nlmaritimesociety.org.

Litchfield Walking Tours

The Litchfield Historical Society continues its annual walking tours Saturdays through August. During each tour, a museum educator or guest tour guide offers participants a themed walk through Litchfield's history. Each tour lasts about an hour; bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and leave from the Litchfield History Museum. Free for members and $10 for non-members; registration is required. Information: 860-567-4501860-567-4501 or email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Heritage Walking Tour Of Stonington Borough

The Stonington Historical Society continues its walking tours of Stonington Borough through August. Morning tours are offered Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., weather permitting, beginning at the Old Lighthouse Museum, 7 Water St. No reservations required. $10 adults; $5 students to age 18. Information: 860-535-1440860-535-1440 and http://www.stoningtonhistory.org.

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival, a celebration of the emergence of Springfield's arts and culture district, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Court Square, downtown Springfield. The festival will feature locally and internationally acclaimed musical artists, as well as spotlighting local youth performing arts groups, visual artists/artisans and a variety of ethnic cuisines and local food producers. Free. Information: 413-219-8229413-219-8229.

Shakespeare On The Green Expo

"Two Gentleman of Verona" Shakespeare on the Green Expo will be presented Saturday, Aug. 9, noon to 4 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. This family-oriented theater festival features refreshments aplenty, a green living expo with demonstrations and discussions, and live theater at 2 p.m. Free. Information: 203-438-5795203-438-5795.

Summer Gardening Celebration

Sponsored by the Connecticut Community Gardening Association, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Manchester Community College. The event will feature demonstrations, tours, vendors, speakers and music on the grounds of the community garden. Free. Information: http://www.ctcommunitygardening.org and cordalie.benoit@aya.yale.edu.

Southbury Garden Party Gala

"Sure On This Shining Night" is a garden party gala that will be held Aug. 16 to benefit the establishment of the Connecticut Choral Society Endowment Fund. The event will be held at Pine Meadow Gardens, 237 Old Waterbury Road, Southbury. From 1 to 5 p.m. the public is invited to stroll through the gardens, watch local artists paint garden scenes, purchase artwork and enjoy light refreshments. Cost is $25. No reservations needed. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. there will be a gourmet dinner with fine wines, followed by an exclusive chamber music concert. Cost is $125 and reservations are required for dinner. Guests should park at the Southbury Medical Building, 22 Old Waterbury Road. A shuttle will transport guests to the garden. Information: http://www.CtChoralSociety.org and 888-927-2933888-927-2933.

Plants For Bees, Hummingbirds & Butterflies

A workshop led by Site Horticulturist George McCleary, Aug. 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main St. N, Bethlehem. With growing concern for the loss of pollinators in gardens, learn about varieties that will attract these necessary friends, from host to nectar plant. $20. Registration: 203-266-7596203-266-7596 and http://www.ctlandmarks.org.

Lynne Maston, lmaston@courant.com