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1. Nancy DuBrule-Clemente: The Butterfly Connection.
Owner of Natureworks in Northford, CT, Nancy will share her insights of how studying and raising Monarch butterflies have informed her thinking about organic gardening, the use of chemicals, and the importance of grasses, weeds, and plants you may not think are vital to this effort. You will learn all about the larval food plants needed for CT butterflies and Nancy’s favorite nectar plants for summer feeding and fall migration.

2. George Coombs: The Science Behind Native Cultivars
Horticultural Research Manager at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware. George will review the results of various research projects aimed at discerning if cultivars are able to support wildlife as well as their native species counterparts. This lecture will cover pollinators and leaf-eating insect behavior across many different types of popular garden plants.

3. Dan Long: Beyond the Trellis: Using Innovative Techniques to Support Vines and Climbers
Dan, owner of Brushwood Nursery, specializes in unusual vining plants. There is so much potential! Clematis and climbing roses are natural partners. Training vines to cascade through other objects, or as climbers in shrubs and small trees as well as using them as ground covers will be illustrated.

4. Ellen Ecker Ogden: The Art of Growing Food
Ellen is an award-winning food and garden writer based in Vermont, and co-founder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog. Her talks give fresh ideas for how to design a kitchen garden rich in details. She will illustrate her six steps to successful kitchen garden design, based on classic design techniques. Included is a primer on foursquare crop rotation for healthy soil, and how to give your kitchen garden unique style.

5. Annie White, PhD: How Native Plants Affect Pollinators
Annie is owner/principal designer of Nectar Landscape Design Studio in Burlington, Vermont, specializing in artful and ecologically sensitive landscape designs. The growing demand for native plants, coupled with the horticulture industry’s desire for unique garden offerings, has led to the increased development of new native cultivars. Annie will share four years of field data that helps determine if these cultivars are as valuable as the true native species in pollinator habitat gardens.

6. Kevin Wilcox: Advanced Pruning Techniques
Kevin is a Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional who has worked in the nursery industry for over 30 years. His workshop will be a concentrated course on how, when, where and why to prune trees and shrubs. Along with a slide presentation, there will be tools available with which to practice, and examples of trees and their healing abilities.This class will boost your confidence and show you just how simple and straightforward pruning really is.