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Backyard Gardening Series

Backyard Gardening Series
at the Silver Educational Center 
Know Your Weeds and 
How to Deal with Them!
Thursday, February 23 
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$20 member, $30 non-member   
Instructor: Peter Russell
UConn certified Advanced Master Gardener Peter Russell will discuss the undesirable qualities of weeds, their characteristics, life cycles and reproductive strategies.  He will show you how to identify the weeds typically found in the Connecticut landscape. Peter will conclude his presentation with a discussion of the four keys to weed control and some weed composting considerations.   
Winter Tree ID: Lecture and Walk
Wednesday, March 8 
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
$30 member, $40 non-member  
Instructor: Carol Levine
Continuing Education instructor at the New York Botanical Garden
This class is an introduction to the identification of native trees in their winter state found locally in the northeast United States. An indoor workshop will provide students with winter twigs, fruits, and plant remnants to be used to examine their structural features. Emphasis will placed on the use of taxonomic keys to make identifications. Printed material will be provided and photographic slides will also be shown. An outdoor walk on the Bartlett property will follow the class.
Carol Levine has been an Instructor in Botany at the New York Botanical Garden for over 35 years and has recently retired. Over the past years, Carol has lead many walks and given many talks to various botanical organizations and societies. She is presently Program Chairperson of the Connecticut Botanical Society. Carol is the author of A Guide to Wildflowers in Winterpublished by the Yale University Press.
Landscaping 101: Bring New Life to Your Yard
Tuesday, March 21
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$20 member, $30 non-member   
Instructor: Jane von Trapp
Landscape Designer and Author 
The builders have left your dream home sitting on a bare lot. Your older house has landscape flaws or lacks creative planting beds. You'd like to improve the look of the entrance, hide the air conditioning unit, or install a brick walkway. With the expert advice of Jane von Trapp, professional landscape designer and CEO of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, you can increase the value of your home and turn your yard into an attractive outdoor living room. You'll also learn about when it's time to call in a professional.   
Von Trapp has written three how-tos on landscaping Landscape Doctor(Chapters Publishing), Landscaping From the Ground Up (Taunton Press), and Landscape Makeover Book (Taunton Press). She is the U.S. Researcher and Writer for DK's A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and contributor to several other gardening books and magazines. Owner of her own landscaping firm for nearly 20 years, she brings a wealth of ideas and inspiration to the home gardener, both novice and experienced.

Contact Emily Curry at 203-883-4035 or 
for more information about all classes and to enroll.