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

Overall view of Cusson Gardens

Permaculture, Pollinators, Herbs & Afternoon Tea… 2-5pm May 26th, 2016

By on May 25, 2016

In May we will feature our 2nd trip to a personal garden.

Join us starting at 2pm on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 as we explore Terri’s garden, then enjoy an herbal tea & cookie repast as we absorb the scented & quiet atmosphere of her pollinator friendly, sustainable landscape. 21 Hale Street Vernon, Ct.
Can’t make it right at 2pm? Open Garden from 2-5. Members Free… $5 Donation requested from others that join us… https://www.facebook.com/events/1565073507126710/ e-mail or message me for registration… eobender@gardener.com

Directions from Route 84’s exit 67: North on Rte 31 past McD’s & Burg.Kng. Straight through 1st light (crossing Route 30) Take right at Hale Street (4th street on RT) 3rd house on left (N) side of road. Watch for sign for Hardy Plant Society Event at corner of Grove(Rte 31) & Hale.

 

 

Terri Cusson has been a Master gardener since 2000, is the owner of Commonscents Garden Design, & Co-President of The Connecticut Herb Association.

Class with Terri Cusson - Rolling Bliss Balls

Class with Terri Cusson – Rolling Bliss Balls

Terri Cusson, (remember our December Holiday Celebration Hostess?) will guide us through her herb, ornamental & edibles garden that sustains her brood of chickens and provides sustenance & herbal support for her family.

Overall view of Cusson Gardens

Overall view of Cusson Gardens

Learn some of the tricks of sustainable gardening and the basics of herbal medicine at the same time.

Learn what a Guild is…

Guild Info-graphic

Guild Info-graphic

Medicinal herb gardening is a wonderful way to begin incorporating permaculture into your life. Terri will show us how she grows useful medicinal plants with small-scale sustainable gardening methods. She will discuss her garden and which herbs and plants she uses to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Chai Guild

Chai Guild


See Permaculture in practice…
Permaculture considerations include careful selection of plant species, companion planting, and efficient design and layout. This garden is a great working example of permacultural herb gardening. Will you be able to find all of Terri’s different aspects of permaculture?

Permaculture Graphic

Permaculture Graphic

 

Will you be able to find Terri’s hugelkulture plot?

hugelkultur

hugelkultur

 

Here is a link to Hugs for Hugelculture which explains & also gives links to more information…   http://www.arboretumfriends.org/hugs-hugelculture
WHAT IS A HUGELKULTUR GARDEN?

Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur is essentially a growing system in where a tightly packed pile of organic matter is covered in soil to create a type of raised garden bed. The organic material underneath can include a range of branches, logs, wood chips, twigs, leaves and other biodegradable plant biomass, which break down over time, releasing vital plant nutrients and ensuring greater water retention. Hugelkultur gardens have been used for many years in Germany and other Eastern European countries in order to help build soil on poor mountainous soils, before the concept was taken up by permaculturists and further developed.

Holzer's Method

Holzer’s Method

In recent years many Permaculture experts have advocated their use and they have consistently been shown to increase productivity and create soil over the long term.(Thanks to: http://www.coopbioma.com/en/creative-innovations/)

 

Here is a pic of the new honey bee hives….

Hives of Honey Bees -- Cusson Property

Hives of Honey Bees — Cusson Property

 

Today!!!!     we will be visiting this excellent example of a garden that is sustainable, wildlife & pollinator friendly, and that provides for a family using permacultural techniques…. Please join the Hardy Plant Society of Connecticut from 2-5pm Thursday May 26th. Information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1565073507126710/ The new Honey Bee Hives were recently added….

 

Visit our facebook event  https://www.facebook.com/events/1565073507126710/ for Permaculture, Pollinators, Herbs & Afternoon Tea…

 

Herbal Ice Tea

Herbal Ice Tea

TODAY!!!!  ….. Join us starting at 2pm on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 as we explore Terri’s garden, then enjoy an herbal tea & cookie repast as we absorb the scented & quiet atmosphere of her pollinator friendly, sustainable landscape. 21 Hale Street Vernon, Ct.
Can’t make it right at 2pm? Open Garden from 2-5. Members Free… $5 Donation requested from others that join us… https://www.facebook.com/events/1565073507126710/ e-mail or message me for registration… eobender@gardener.com

Directions from Route 84’s exit 67: North on Rte 31 past McD’s & Burg.Kng. Straight through 1st light (crossing Route 30) Take right at Hale Street (4th street on RT) 3rd house on left (N) side of road. Watch for sign for Hardy Plant Society Event at corner of Grove(Rte 31) & Hale.

 

 

coneflower bee

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

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'

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,