AKA THE HARDY PLANT SOCIETY SOUP SYMPOSIUM
The solution to your winter doldrums is to join the Hardy Plant Society at their 16th annual March Into Spring Symposium Saturday March 4th, 2017. Known to attendees as the Soup Symposium because of the variety of homemade soups and breads for lunch, Everyone brings their best offering to share with all … We have breakfast items in the morning, with soups, breads, salads and all the trimmings for lunch… then we finish up in the afternoon with cookies, cakes and fruits…. Everyone brings a food item of their choice to share…
Food gardening continues to be popular, but so also does small space gardening. Many gardeners find it hard to fit edibles into their yard and don’t want to create more gardens to care for. The solution is Foodscaping or edible landscaping. In this talk I’ll show how you can have beautiful landscapes and eat them too. I’ll cover the best foodscape vegetables, herbs, berries and trees, including natives that don’t sacrifice beauty. We’ll discuss landscape design principles and offer ideas for substituting existing plants with edible ones.
Flowers always get most of our attention when we are selecting plants to add to our landscapes. But most plants only flower for a short period of time out of the year. It is the foliage that we will be looking at the entire growing season. Join Andy as he explores a broad diversity of awesome plants whose leaves will shine in the garden.
In Foodscaping, I cover a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. as more gardeners look for ways to grow edibles in their yards, many are conflicted with the potential of losing beauty and attractiveness by growing vegetables, herbs and fruit. But you can have both. With Foodscaping, I teach you about attractive varieties of these plants and how to incorporate them into your landscape so they are beautiful too! There are design ideas, plant combinations, edible replacement plant lists and a chapter on my favorite foodscape plants.
Charlie promises to concentrate on Hardy Plants to honor our mantra as an organization. Of course discussion before and after his talk and as we enjoy our soup luncheon is not limited to hardy foodscape plants… he can discuss that and much more with his varied interests. I include a quote from veteran journalist, editor, writer and essayist Andrew Nemethy’s 2014 article for VT Digger; speaking of Charlie Nardozzi:
Quote: “He’s a gardening consultant and coach. Ebullient radio and TV personality and media maven. Vermont Public Radio tour guide. Blogger. Horticultural adviser. Book author. Flower show and gardening club speaker. Urban gardening expert. Gardening website publisher. Even yoga teacher (a natural fit for an activity that often aligns with stiffness, aching backs and limbs, he says).
Not least, he’s a home gardener, tending an acre’s worth of fruit trees, berries, grapevines, vegetable gardens and flowers at his lovely spread in North Ferrisburgh, not far from Mount Philo.
It’s hardly surprising, then, that his extensive website (gardeningwithcharlie.com) actually has a “Where’s Charlie” link that tracks his comings, goings and doings: Rochester and Woodstock, Shelburne and Arlington in Vermont. Michigan State University, the Hudson River Valley and Gloucester, Mass.” (End Quote which includes the three preceding pictures) He is appearing in Connecticut only once this spring, so don’t miss out. Come visit with him and even take advantage of the opportunity to buy his book “Foodscaping” and have it personalized & autographed on the spot.
The symposium will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Bethany Covenant Church at 785 Mill Street in Berlin, CT… Mill Street is RT 372. The church is very close to the junction of RT 5 and 15 with RT 9 and RT 372
This is a picture of the Church & the parking lot….
Join the Hardy Plant Society Saturday morning March 4th in Berlin, Connecticut @ the Fellowship Hall shown here… It is handicap accessible and there is plenty of parking…
We are looking forward to having more vendors this year including Broken Arrow Nursery, Eden’s Natives Nursery, Connecticut Gardener, Nutmeg Potters, My Neighbors Garden(Ellen Hoverkamp), Ballek’s Nursery, Canterbury Gardener(Paul Waterman), Quackin’ Grass Nursery, and The Connecticut Gardener Magazine.
The Venue opens at 9am for members & vendors to set-up. Feel free to come early and help us set up the tables and prepare the kitchen for all the soups and food everyone is bringing to help make our SOUP SYMPOSIUM one of the best Horticultural Experiences this spring. Our first speaker is scheduled for 10 am so plan on being here by 9:45 to find a seat and get some coffee, tea and various goodies. Walk – Ins will be welcome, but pre-registration will help us plan as well as save you some money…
SAVE $5 by registering before February 25th… AND $5 ea by being a HPS member…
Our yearly membership dues are collected in September each year. $40 individual or $45 family. This averages over our 10 meetings to less than $5 to hear great speakers as a member. We ask for a $10 guest donation from non-members to help fund our diverse selection of speakers at each meeting they attend. Join us as a member and save….
(There is a separate page that only contains the registration form– You may find that easier to print out)
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017 Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm
Fee: non-members $45 before Feb.25th, $50 thereafter; members $5 less
Location: Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. (Rte. 372), Berlin, CT 06032
Fee includes: 2 speakers; potluck lunch of hearty homemade soups, breads; coffee & deserts; access to vendors.
To register, send check payable to Hardy Plant Society with self-addressed, stamped business envelope to:
Leslie Shields, 25 Johnson Ave., Plainville, CT 06062
Questions or additional info: (860) 747-8175 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enclosed: Member __ $40 (B4 2/25/17) __$45 (after 2/25/17)
Non-Member__$45 (B4 2/25/17) __$50 (after 2/25/17)
Ticket requests received after 25 February will be held at the door (no SASE needed)