Conservation Corner: Butterflies in our Garden

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Susan Bergen's Conservation Corner at March's monthly meeting featured butterflies that are common to southwestern Connecticut. They live in similar habitats but have different needs in terms of host and nectar plants. Some are active in early spring. Others make an appearance later in the summer. Most spend the winter right in our gardens as caterpillars or chrysalids. They are beautiful and fascinating. 
Take a look . . . how many different kinds will you see in your garden this season? 

Butterflies In Our Garden

Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse

SavetheDateSamBridgeNews from Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses in Greenwich . . . grand re-opening the weekend of April 23rd celebrating a brand new facility and 85 years in business! Weekend events include opening cocktail party on Friday, April 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00pm and lecture and demonstrations throughout the three days. Sam Bridge will also host a spring lecture series that features some brilliant guest speakers including Dr. Michael Dirr, Dan Dalton, Stephanie "The Perennial Diva" Cohen and Sue Lavallee. Click on the link below for schedule and more information. Lectures listed without speakers will be given by Mary Jo Bridge Palmer.  Think Spring!

2015 Sam Bridge Garden Classes & Activities

Conservation Corner: Irwin Park Meadows

IPMeadowdisplayboardLast month's Conservation Corner presented the meadows at Irwin Park and how they offer a unique habitat in our wooded suburban town.  The meadows at Irwin are full of perennial and annual wildflowers, vines, shrubs and mature trees which are home to bees, butterflies, birds, reptiles and mammals. The display featured late summer and fall blooming plants and how they benefit wildlife.  

Click here to view the Irwin Park Meadows display boards.

2015 UConn Master Gardener Program

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The Master Gardener Program is an Educational Outreach Program that is part of the University of Connecticut's Extension System. The program consists of horticulture training and an outreach component that focus on the community at large. Master Gardeners are enthusiastic, willing to learn and share their knowledge and training with others. What sets them apart from other home gardeners is their special horticultural training. In exchange for this training, Master Gardeners commit time as volunteers working through their local County Extension Center to provide horticultural-related information to the community.

Established in 1978, the UConn Master Gardener Program has flourished and evolved for over 35 years. It is a very popular and well-respected horticulture program. Certified Master Gardeners are highly valued and called upon frequently to share their skills and knowledge in their communities.

Click here for more details on the program and to download a copy of the application.