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Gardening Class

  Growing Native Plants from Seed: A Head Start for the "Good Guys"

   Classroom Hours: 2.0
   Wednesday, February 10, 2016     10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
   Silver Educational Center

   Instructor: Barbara Gerson

   FEE: $50.00 Non-Master Gardener, $40.00 Master Gardener
   Contact Shanyn Siegel to register:, 203-883-4046

                                                                     DEADLINE: February 3, 2016 

When the invasives outcompete, it's time to level the playing field. Use Mother Nature's own methods to bring balance back to your ecosystem, and see your bird and bees thrive. Practice the simple seed propagation technique of "winter sowing" for native plants to add diversity to your landscape. Review concept, sexual and asexual reproduction, host and pollinator relationships as well as some basic horticultural practices to care for your new seedlings. Workshop includes hands-on planting and you'll take home a flat or two of garden-worthy native plants which should be ready for prime time in late summer.

Barbara Gerson is an Advanced Master Gardener who (almost) never gets tired of getting her hands dirty. She works with the Woodland Treasures Group and the Native Plant Garden at the Bartlett Arboretum, and also with The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge. Her Pond Ridge property is a work-in-progress, reclaiming woods and fields for multiple layers of wildlife.

Free Greenhouse Workshop

Thursday, March 3
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Silver Educational Center

(Snow date March 10)

This free workshop will be conducted by Leanne Pundt, UCONN Extension Educator in Commercial Horticulture. The workshop will primarily be concentrating on Integrated Pest Management and best greenhouse practices. The first 1 1/2 hours will be in the Silver Educational Center. The last half hour of class will take place in the greenhouse. 

                           Please RSVP to, 203-487-5263


Connecticut Master Gardener Symposium XXIII

"Gardening Gone Native"

Connecticut College, New London, CT

March 19, 2016

Registration begins 8 a.m.
Opening speaker 9 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Art Wolk, "Bulb Forcing for Beginners and the Seriously Smitten"

Closing Speaker: Dan Jaffe, " Where the Wild Things Are: Native Plants for Pollinators"

The Connecticut Master Gardener Association invites all Master Gardeners and anyone interested in nature and gardening to attend this daylong event.

The admission price of $65 for CMGA members and their guests, and $85 for the general public includes a light breakfast, lunch, access to two workshops, speakers, vendors, free raffle, and a silent auction. Click here for additional information or to register online. Master Gardeners can earn two AMG educational credits by attending the symposium.

Looking for a fun & educational day camp 

for upcoming school vacations and summer?

  The Bartlett is offering a S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, math) day camp for ages 5-11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with after-care available through 5 p.m.) for February and April vacation weeks and for ages 4-11 for summer. Lots of nature-related themes from rain forest ecology to reptiles and amphibians will be taught in an engaging, hands-on environment.


For details and VACATION CAMP registration, please click here. 

For details and SUMMER CAMP registration, please click here.

For additional questions, please contact 
Director of Children's Education Todd DuPont, 203-883-4035



Barbara Mathis, Loft Artists Association Member:

"A Span of Creativity, Old and New" 

Silver Educational Center Gallery

Through February 27

  Barbara Mathis is a figurative painter whose works are in many private collections and have been featured in many juried and invitational exhibitions including those at  the Katonah Museum, Merrill Lynch, and Greenwich Arts Society among other venues. She began her career in the animation industry working on the "Spiderman" cartoon series and later became the first woman graphic artist at ABC news. Meeting people and watching people has been a passion of Barbara's. Oil is her chosen medium because like people, it has so many facets to explore. Click here to see Barbara's website.

  This exhibition is the first in a series featuring Loft Artists Association members.
The exhibition runs through Saturday, February 27.


Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Weekends by appointment.

Chairpersons needed for fall fundraising event

The Events Committee is looking for volunteers to help with planning and organizing  
our major fundraiser scheduled for fall of 2016.

Many opportunities available; please email Gretchen Orr at, 203-487-5263


OPIN Dog Training 

Meet in the basement of the Silver Educational Center

(Enter through the basement door in the back).

Outreach to Pets in Need, OPIN is offering FREE dog training every Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30.  Rob Mullin, Trainer, K-9 Wizard & Co  begins the hour class at 6:30.  Please bring proof of rabies vaccination and your dog's license as well as a six foot training leash!

  Plan your next event at the Arboretum!

   The Arboretum offers many untraditional and traditional opportunities for your next party!  

   Contact Gretchen Orr to book your event!, 203-487-5263


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