“Woodland wildflowers: Ecology in your garden” presented by Marlyse Duguid on November 18th, 2015

Also known as:  “Woodland Herbaceous Plants…How their ecology relates to behavior in your garden”
An overview of ecology and its horticultural application in woodland herbs & how these species behave in our gardens. She includes interesting native species that have great garden potential, but aren’t readily available in the market. She will focus primarily on native species, but since we share a similar flora and bio-geographical history with parts of Europe and Asia she will do some comparisons. Learn a little bit of her current research and how it relates to cultivation of plant species for the horticultural market.

Marlyse in a  forest understory community.

Marlyse in a forest understory community.

NPR features research that Marlyse participated in ….   How Many Trees are there in the World?…    3 Trillion and counting
Our Speaker, Marlyse was one of the team of 31 international scientists led by Thomas Crowther at Yale University who worked on this research study. The new research published in Nature


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will help improve our understanding of the role trees play in ecological and biogeochemical processes not just in the Amazon but across the globe. This knowledge could help inform management practices for the remaining forests. But perhaps its greatest impact will be the realisation that the emergence of civilisation has led to the net destruction of nearly three trillion of Earth’s trees. That could serve as a powerful perspective for comprehending the impacts humans have had on the natural world.

Marlyse Duguid immersed in her research.

Marlyse Duguid immersed in her research.

Marlyse Duguid is a horticulturist and plant ecologist. She received her B.S. in horticulture from the University of Connecticut and worked as a professional horticulturist in both retail and garden design. She has her Masters in Forestry and is currently working on finishing her PhD at The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she studies human impacts on native wildflower populations in New England.


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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:  Signs of Insect Use & Insect Facts” to the Hardy Plant Society of New England, Connecticut Chapter on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015.



Here is one of his blog postings for us to enjoy.   To see others follow his blog @

Bug Tracks Blog….

This linked posting (above link) on Virginia Creeper Miners is indicative of his current project for a book on Leaf-Mining Insects….

Enjoy this preview of Charley’s photos…

Evening Primrose Moth

One evening at the end of July, I went out to get the mail and met a beautiful pink and yellow moth resting on an evening primrose flower by the mailbox.

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I guessed that it was one of the 126 or so species of “flower moths” in the genus Schinia (Noctuidae; not to be confused with members of the family Scythrididae, which are also known as “flower moths”). Browsing through the species on BugGuide.net, I arrived at a clear match: Schinia florida, whose larvae are known to feed on evening primrose flower buds. Unfortunately, someone has given this species the common name “primrose moth,” despite the fact that evening primroses (Onagraceae: Oenothera) have nothing to do with primroses (Primulaceae: Primula).

The next evening I encountered what I took to be the same moth resting on a different flower, but comparing the photos now, I see that it was a different individual with less distinct yellow stripes within the pink area.

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I kept an eye on the plant for signs of these moths’ offspring, and two weeks later I spotted this caterpillar, which had bored a hole into a bud and was busily converting the unopened flower into a pile of yellow mush behind it.


This caterpillar had been busy.



There is plenty of evening primrose to go around, and I certainly don’t mind losing a few flowers later in the season if it means I get to have these moths around.

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

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January seed growing tips & news from Toadshade Wild Flower Nursery

By on February 15, 2015

 Dr. Randi Eckel has shared her newsletter as a blog post to start off our Hardy Plant Society Blog.   It may be January, but we’re busy, busy, busy!Folks often ask us what we do all winter… They are often surprised to find

Our Next Event

By on February 7, 2015

February 25, 2015 Having a workshop is a new feature this season—location is the Wethersfield Academy of Arts – <http://www.wethersfieldarts.org/> Dr. Randi Eckel “Making More of a Good Thing! Propagation of Native Plants” Lecture & Workshop @ Wethersfield Academy of