Hardy Plant Society of New England -- Connecticut Chapter

We Cultivate & Promote Interest in Plants that are Hardy in New England

Distinction & Detail

Distinction & Detail

Meeting Information: Hardy Plant Society of New England — Connecticut Chapter

HPS of NE -- CT Chapter

Hardy Plant Society of New England — Connecticut Chapter

We are a group of Plant Enthusiasts dedicated to “Grow Beyond the Zone” through Education, Sharing & Cultivating.

The HARDY PLANT SOCIETY (HPS) of New England, Connecticut Chapter is a friendly and informal gathering of plant lovers.

The stated purpose of HARDY PLANT SOCIETY is to cultivate and promote interest in plants that are hardy in New England, from the tiniest herbaceous plants to giant trees and all between. As our membership draws from a broad range of interests, the exchange of ideas and knowledge among our group is dynamic!

HPS holds a monthly series of evening lectures or workshops, a private garden tour & a finishing “Meet the Nursery Owner(s) &Their Gardens Picnic”  from September to June. (We take July & August to concentrate on our own gardens!!) These meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month except November and December when the meetings are held on the third Wednesday.  A “coffee hour” precedes the meetings. The December meeting also includes a holiday celebration.  At meetings there is often a raffle and/or auction of donated plants.

We love to share our knowledge of horticulture with all it’s trials and tribulations…  join us as we interact with our speakers and members before, during & after the presentation.  Our meetings are very interactive & we enjoy each others company in a small group setting.

GENERAL MEETING INFORMATION
Socializing and goodies will begin at 7:00PM with the speaker scheduled for 7:30 PM.  Members whose last names begin with A-M are asked to bring goodies in September.  Members with initials N-Z will be asked to bring goodies in October and then the two groups will alternate each month.  Our dedicated hostess, Kathy,  prepares coffee & hot water for tea to enjoy with the repast our members share each month.

Directions for all regular meetings: The Solomon Welles House, Wethersfield, CT       From the Silas Deane Highway (Route 99) turn East on Nott Street.  The house is located at the intersection of Nott Street, Hartford Avenue and State Street.  The street address is 220 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, CT.               From I 91, take exit 26 and follow signs to Motor Vehicle Department. The house is just beyond the MVD building at the intersection of Nott Street, Hartford Avenue and State Street.

There is a circular drive in front of the house and people may stop there to unload anything that they are bringing to the meeting. There are two handicapped spaces to the left of the house off this semicircle. To get to the main parking area, you must follow the driveway around the left side of the house to the area below and behind it. A pathway leads to the house from the parking area and you may enter the house from either the front door or the side kitchen door.

For further information about the Hardy Plant Society —  Please Contact:

Leslie Shields, President
25 Johnson Ave.
Plainville CT 06062
860 747 8175
Selchie1@comcast.net

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“Pollinators and the Plants That Support Them” 7pm Wednesday April 27th, 2016 **note location change… Wethersfield’s Pitkin Community Center

By on April 22, 2016

Meet our next speaker, Pamm Cooper. Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 Pamm will present “Pollinators and the Plants That Support Them”.

Pamm Cooper w praying mantid young

Pamm is shown here taking amazing shots of TAC’s Praying Mantids hatching after a Master Gardener’s Hot Topics Class.

 

Pollinators and The Plants That Support Them
Wednesday April 27th, 2016

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium w Scolia bicincta double-banded Scoliid

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium w Scolia bicincta double-banded Scoliid

Pollinators in the wild and in the home landscape. Native and non- native pollinators and native and non- native plants they can be found on. The importance of nectar and pollen sources in the spring, summer and fall, and interactions with other plants and animals including bats, bees, beetles and flies. Specific plants and their relationship to pollinators (e.g. bumblebees and blueberry).

Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis

Silphium w bumblebee

Silphium w bumblebee

Lonicera sempervirens

Lonicera sempervirens

Pamm is shown here introducing caterpillars to an eager audience at the Native Plants For Sun Demonstration Garden at Hebron Harvest Fair in September.

Pamm Cooper w child & yellow caterpillar

Pamm Cooper w child & yellow caterpillar

 

Pamm Cooper works at the UConn Home and Garden Education Center office and was an assistant superintendent at a golf course for over 20 years. She also teaches the entomology and turf portions of the Connecticut Master Gardener Program. She worked for Dr. David Wagner (evolutionary biologist at UConn who specializes in Lepidoptera), collecting and raising caterpillars for a bio-survey of the Tankerhoosen DEEP property and the Belding Wildlife Management Area in Vernon, Ct. She has also documented flora and fauna in various areas of Connecticut since 1995.

Pamm C. Taking pic of fauna on flora

Pamm C. Taking pic of fauna on flora

Pamm C. Taking pic of cats

Pamm C. Taking pic of cats

Her interests include native plants and insects in the natural and garden environments, birding, nature photography, woodworking and art, especially pen and ink drawing.

Our meetings open at 7pm for our coffee, snack and communication with other gardeners “get-to-gether”.We are meeting this Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm in the Pitkin Community Center of Wethersfield. The website for information on the center is here: http://wethersfieldct.com/content/398/422/743.aspx Directions follow….
The Community Center is West of Route 99…. It can be reached by taking Nott from the Silas Deane Hwy. Head west on Nott St toward Wright Rd 0.3 mi
Turn right onto Wolcott Hill Rd 0.2 mi This is a 4-way stop street.
Turn left onto Knoll St 463 ft
Turn left onto Park Ave 180 ft (This is a split road.. go to far lane)
Turn right onto Greenfield St
Destination will be on the left 0.1 mi
Wethersfield Community Center
30 Greenfield Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109
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Hardy Plant Society Members are free…. Guests are asked for a $5 donation.  We love to share our knowledge of horticulture with all it’s trials and tribulations…  join us as we interact with our speakers and members before, during & after the presentation.  Our meetings are very interactive & we enjoy each others company in a small group setting.   Socializing and goodies will begin at 7:00PM with the speaker scheduled for 7:30 PM.  Members whose last names begin with initials N-Z are asked to bring goodies this month.  Our dedicated hostess, Kathy,  prepares coffee & hot water for tea to enjoy with the repast our members share each month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New, Exciting Hardy Trees and Shrubs (Natives Too!!) for the Forward Thinking Gardener Sunday, March 20th, 2016

By on March 20, 2016

TONIGHT’s Meeting… “New and Exciting Cultivars for the Forward Thinking Gardener” is a date change to get Vincent Simeone as our speaker…. Sunday night March 20th, 2016 at 7:30 pm. At the usual location… The Solomon Welles House in Wethersfield,

Which insect has these eggs?

Charley Eiseman’s Blog “BUG TRACKS”

By on October 21, 2015

Charley is a freelance Naturalist based in Western Massachusetts and working throughout New England.  His passion is to continually deepen his connection with natural surroundings and help others to do the same.  He is presenting “Native Plants as Insect Habitat: 

Variegated Plants-Part 1

By on September 15, 2015

Tom Cox is our speaker on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015  Here is a blog posting of his on Variegated Plants…  to whet your whistle about his talk on “Pendulous Plants and Variegated Plants” Variegated Plants Part 1 Like the Japanese,

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Barry Glick is our speaker for Sunday March 22nd. He will be presenting on Hellebores. This Blog posting is a composition of his writings.

By on March 16, 2015

Barry Glick is known for his “Sunshine Selections” of Helleborus x hybridus… No matter where you live, whether you make your home in the snowy American Heartland, warm subtropical Florida, the frozen mountains of Maine, sunny southern California, or the