Posted 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, Ct… 220 Hartford Avenue…. Also at the same time… The Solomon Welles house opens at 7pm for our coffee, snack and communication with other gardeners “get-to-gether”.


Each year hundreds of new species, varieties and cultivars of plants are introduced into commerce. These choice plants offer superior flowers, foliage, fruit, superior vigor and cultural adaptability. Vincent will focus on the newest and most promising selections of trees and shrubs for gardeners with a true appreciation for the best and brightest plants available.

Vincent Simeone and Pickles enjoying the sunlight and the garden.

Vincent Simeone, Director of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, New York, has worked in the horticultural field for over 27 years and is the author of 5 books:   “Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods: Less Water – Less Work – Less Money”,

"Grow More With Less -- Sustainable Garden Methods"

“Grow More With Less — Sustainable Garden Methods”

“Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs”, “Great Flowering Landscape Trees”, “Great Landscape Evergreens” & “Wonders of the Winter Landscape: Shrubs and Trees to Brighten the Cold-Weather Garden”

He has specialized expertise in woody plant ID, culture, use and selection of superior varieties. He typically gives 50 lectures on an annual basis, teaches NYBG Horticulture classes and over the last 14 years has assisted Allan Armitage with garden tours on several continents. In 2010 Vincent contributed to a first ever textbook on public garden management. Also in 2010, the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association honored Vincent as Man of the Year and guest on the Martha Stewart Show.

Chamaecyparis thyoides "Red Star"

Chamaecyparis thyoides “Red Star”