Rose Pagonia — Pagonia ophioglossoides

Margery will discuss Connecticut’s myriad of spring wildflowers,  why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes them so special.

Margery Winters with a display at the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT.



Judy King describes this presentation: “Think you know everything there is to know about spring wildflowers? So, did I, until I heard Margery Winters speak on the subject. She’s wonderfully informative and articulate, and you will enjoy seeing her slides and hearing her comments. This is one presentation that goes beyond being a parade of pretty pictures. You will come away with an increased appreciation for spring wildflowers and a desire to grow them in your garden.”

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)

As Leslie comments:  “This is strong praise when you realize that it comes from the person that many of us use as an expert in woodland plants, Judy King”


Roaring Brook Nature Center’s Native Plant Butterfly Garden

Margery Winters

Margery Winters

is Assistant Director at Roaring Brook Nature Center and has been managing the Nature Center’s gardens since 2001.  They developed a native plant garden that spring that Margery describes here:     “To some of our visitors, the Marabeth Storrs Finn Native Plant Butterfly Garden at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT, is more of a wild area than a garden. Perhaps this perception comes from how gardens have been traditionally defined as a plot of ground, usually near a house, where various plants are cultivated. Wikipedia’s definition of a garden as a planned space set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature seems a much more suitable definition and goal for gardens, especially ours. Few gardens are as enjoyed by creatures of two, four, or more legs.”

Margery is a former environmental scientist.  She holds a M. Sc. From Queen’s University, Canada and a B.A. from Miami University, Ohio.  She is a Past President of the Simsbury Garden Club, past Chairman of the Federated Garden Club Landscape Design Study Program and is a Master Landscape Design Consultant.

Socializing and goodies will begin at 7:00PM with the speaker at 7:30 PM.

Cypripedium acaule
“Moccasin flower”, “Pink Lady’s Slipper”

Members whose last names begin with N-Z are asked to bring goodies in February.

Directions for all regular meetings:

The Solomon Welles House

 220 Hartford Avenue, 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

We suggest a $10 donation towards our speaker costs from guests/nonmembers.


Soup Symposium …    Early Registration ends with this meeting…  Join us for the day of Soup and Symposium on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018…   Details: