Soup Symposium March 4th, 2017 Homemade Soups and Artisian Breads provide sustenance for a day filled with horticultural sharing.

Soup Symposium March 4th, 2017 Homemade Soups and Artisian Breads provide sustenance for a day filled with horticultural sharing.

 

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…

 

 

10 am:  Charlie Nardozzi presents:

Eat Your Yard: All About Edible Landscaping

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.

 

Garden guru Charlie Nardozzi practices what he preaches, raising an extensive array of fruits, vegetables shrubs and flowers at his 5-acre homestead in North Ferrisburgh. Above, he tends to eating grapes that are trellised next to his house. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Garden guru Charlie Nardozzi practices what he preaches, raising an extensive array of fruits, vegetables shrubs and flowers at his 5-acre homestead in North Ferrisburgh. Above, he tends to eating grapes that are trellised next to his house. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

 

1pm: Andrew Brand presents:

“After The Flowers Have Faded:  Plants with Fabulous Foliage”

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.

Hydrangea "Incrediball" surrounds Andy Brand

Hydrangea “Incrediball” surrounds Andy Brand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Charlies statement about his book:  “Foodscaping: A Practical and Innovative Way to Create an Edible Landscape”:

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.

 Foodscaping: Practical and Innovative Ways to Create an Edible Landscape

Foodscaping: Practical and Innovative Ways to Create an Edible Landscape

Back cover of Charlie's book "Foodscaping"

Back cover of Charlie’s book “Foodscaping”

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).

Charlie Nardozzi sits on his deck at home in North Ferrisburg, laughing at his little dog Rosie. The straw hat he wears has become his signature, whether he’s giving gardening talks, appearing on videos or working as a consultant and garden adviser. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Charlie Nardozzi sits on his deck at home in North Ferrisburg, laughing at his little dog Rosie. The straw hat he wears has become his signature, whether he’s giving gardening talks, appearing on videos or working as a consultant and garden adviser. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

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.

Charlie Nardozzi, holding his dog Rosie, has become a familiar voice and household name when it comes to all things gardening in Vermont. He traces his interest in growing food and flowers back to his Italian upbringing on a diversified farm started by his grandparents, and his time at the University of Vermont. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Charlie Nardozzi, holding his dog Rosie, has become a familiar voice and household name when it comes to all things gardening in Vermont. He traces his interest in growing food and flowers back to his Italian upbringing on a diversified farm started by his grandparents, and his time at the University of Vermont. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

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….

Bethany Covenant Church 785 Mill Street, Berlin, CT.

Bethany Covenant Church
785 Mill Street, Berlin, CT.

 

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…

Fellowship Hall Bethany Covenant Church 785 Mill Street, Berlin, CT.

Fellowship Hall
Bethany Covenant Church 785 Mill Street, Berlin, CT.

 

We are looking forward to having more vendors this year including Natureworks, Broken Arrow, O’Brien Nurserymen, Eden’s Natives Nursery, Connecticut Gardener.

 

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….

 

 

Please print form, fill out and mail with SASE (to receive tickets in return mail) to:

LESLIE SHIELDS

25 JOHNSON AVENUE

PLAINVILLE, CT   06062

 

 

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 selchie1@comcast.net

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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)

 

 

NOTE:  Remaining meetings: 

March 22nd  — Joseph Tychonievich —  “Great Non-Wimpy Plants — That You Don’t Already Grow”

April 26th — Terri Cusson — “Urban & Backyard Foraging — Plant Lore & How To”

May 24th —  Ruth Bennett —  The Iris Lady Discusses “Growing Iris in Connecticut & New England”

June 24th  —  Saturday Pitch-In Picnic….   Local Nursery Host not yet revealed!!!

 

 

 

 

To find out more about the Hardy Plant Society of New England – Connecticut Chapter visit their facebook page  , or e-mail eobender@gardener.com .