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Area Events


Please check ahead for all events in case of cancellations.

• Monthly: UMass Landscape Message

• TickTalk is Back!
DATE: the 2nd Wed. of the month @ 12noon
WHERE: Lenox Memorial School, 197 East St, Lenox, MA 01240
Starting in February, we will hear from Dr. Stephen Rich and the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) every month! This FREE series is brought to you by the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology and UMass Extension. TickTalk in 2020 will also feature exciting guest speakers on tick topics that you told us were important to YOU. The series will include seasonality and life stages of ticks (key to planning intervention and prevention), emerging or invasive tick species, how ticks use vegetation and leaf litter throughout their life cycle, increasing fears of Alpha-gal allergies (allergies to certain meat and animal-related products), dispelling myths of tick control, and many more. Mosquito concerns, including life cycle, behavior, and EEE infection, will also be addressed and Dr. Rich will discuss the tens of thousands of mosquitoes the LMZ tests each year for a range of viruses.

Pre-registration is required for joining this webinar. For more information visit TickReport.

Upcoming Events

• April 17 & 25 - NCNC - How To Master Bird Songs
Monday, April 17 from 9-11am
Field Trip: Tuesday, April 25 from 7:30-10am
$45/person per class
In this introductory course, Senior Naturalist, Frank Gallo, will introduce you to the essential techniques needed to identify birds by sound. Frank, an avid student of bird vocalizations, will provide tips and tricks for learning bird songs, and lay out the basic steps for mastering them on your own. It is the perfect time of year to retune your ear before spring migration and the warblers appear!
Link for info: https://www.classy.org/event/adult-naturalist-series-beginning-birding/e472228


• May 11, 2023 - NCNC - 6th Annual Lecture & Luncheon
11 am - 2 pm at The Country Club of New Canaan
We invite you to join us at the Fifth Annual Lecture & Luncheon to benefit the New Canaan Nature Center. This year's Lecture & Luncheon will feature Christopher Spitzmiller & Ashley Whittaker. Christopher Spitzmiller just published his first book, he treats readers to a full year at his country retreat, Clove Brook Farm. He is also known to his many friends and Instagram fans as the ultimate weekend farmer, who raises his own chicks, grows his own flowers, and makes his own jam, cider, and honey. Ashley Whittaker's work is distinctively classic and sophisticated, but also inviting and warm. Dubbed a neo-traditionalist, she fearlessly marries adventurous colors and patterns in rooms yet still manages to retain a sense of elegance and restraint. In The Well-Loved House, she shares a selection of dwellings, from gracious Connecticut estates to chic Manhattan pieds-a-terre to waterfront beach houses on the Florida coast, most exclusively photographed for this book, including her own house never before seen. The event will take place at The Country Club of New Canaan.
Link for info: https://newcanaannature.org/events/#Lecture-Luncheon


• May 20 & 21, 2023 - Trade Secrets
a beautiful gathering for a great cause
Lime Rock Park, CT
Plans are underway for May 2023 - volunteer or plan to attend!
Link for info: https://www.tradesecretsct.com


• June 9 & 10 - GBC - Grandiflora
65th Garden & Landscape Tour
Fri., June 9 & Sat., June 10 from 10am to 4pm
Step Into The Secret World Of Grandiflora Gardens. Held in June each year, Grandiflora is the premier garden tour in town offering unprecedented access to some of the most spectacular private gardens in Greenwich. Generous homeowners open their world-class properties to ticketholders, offering a rare opportunity to enjoy these hidden gem landscapes.
Self-guided tour tickets will be mailed a week prior to the tour with the location of the gardens. Visit each garden once, on a self-guided tour, either Friday, June 9 or Saturday, June 10. Available add-ons: Garden Gift, Box Lunch.
Link for info: https://greenwichbotanicalcenter.org/grandiflora


• June 16-17 - Cornwall Library - Books & Blooms
Country Gardens 2023
Friday, June 16 at 6 pm
The History of Lawns: From Pasture to Plastic

A presentation by Peter Del Tredici followed by a Cocktail Reception
Saturday, June 17 from 10am to 4pm
Tour of 4 Cornwall Gardens

Self-guided tours to four gardens, three of them new to the event—a bucolic farmland garden with glorious views, the gardens of a historic Cornwall estate, a formally planted but surprisingly unconventional garden in North Cornwall, and a beautifully maintained meandering family garden in West Cornwall.
Link for info: https://cornwalllibrary.org/books-blooms-2023


• Sept 9-16 - BBG - The New European Garden: Holland
with Classical Excursions
Join BBG and Classical Excursions as we explore the great gardens of the Netherlands. Sample itinerary is fourth-coming. All registrations are processed by Classical Excursions. Please contact lani@classicalexcursions.com or bstone@berkshirebotanical.org.
Link for info: https://www.berkshirebotanical.org/events/new-european-garden-holland


Virtual Offerings

• InsectXaminer from UMass Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment

Description: The InsectXaminer short video series hopes to increase the visibility of the beautiful world of insects, even those we consider to be pests in our managed landscapes. InsectXaminer will showcase the complexity of insect life cycles, cataloging as many life stages for each species as possible. The goal of this series is to provide professionals and land managers with footage that is helpful for learning the identification of insects throughout the season, rather than at any single point in their life cycle. Proper identification is key to successful management. If possible and caught on camera, important aspects of their biology and natural enemies will be revealed.

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• BBG Virtual Learning

The Berkshire Botanical Garden offers several virtual learning opportunities for children, families, and beginning gardeners. See their offerings HERE


• NYBG At Home

New York Botanical Garden has a wide range of virtual events, plants guides, videos, and online courses. See the full list at NYBG-at-home.


Alphabetical List of Organizations

Visit area organizations for more offerings.

 ASLA- American Society of Landscape Gardeners - ctasla.org -

 BBG - Berkshire Botanical Garden - berkshirebotanical.org

Capital District Garden & Flower Show - https://flowerandgardenexpo.com

Cary Institute
 Cary Institute - Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies - www.caryinstitute.org

CACIWC - Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions - www.caciwc.org

 CIPWG - Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group: www.cipwg.uconn.edu

 Cornell Cooperative Extension - for information contact 518-272-4210

 CT NOFA - Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut - ctnofa.org - 203-308-2584

 GBC - Greenwich Botanical Center - https://greenwichbotanicalcenter.org - 203-869-9242

Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington, Ct 06793 - 860-868-2200 - hollisterhousegarden.org

Mad Gardeners - madgardeners.org

 Nature’s Voice - White Memorial Conservation Center's outreach show about everything Nature. Every Sunday at 2pm on WAPJ 89.9 & 105.1 FM Torrington Community Radio

 NCNC - New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840 - 203-966-9577 - www.NewCanaanNature.org

Wild Flower Society
 NPT - New England Wild Flower Society - now Native Plant Trust, 351 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348 - https://www.publicgardens.org

NYBG - New York Botanical Garden - nybg.org
    - New Canaan Nature Center Classes
    - Classes at NYBG
    - Certificate Programs & Summer Intensives
    - Lectures & Symposia

Trade Secrets Rare Plant & Garden Antiques annual event to benefit Women's Support Services - www.tradesecretsct.com

UConn Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program: www.ipm.uconn.edu

 UConn College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources - www.uconn.edu -

UMass - University of Massachusetts Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program - French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst, MA 01003 - 413 - 545-0895 - https://ag.umass.edu/
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