Posted 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.