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4. Lee Reich - The Science, Art, Fun & Tasty Fruit of Espalier
Lee is an avid farmdener with graduate degrees in soil science and horticulture. After working in plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University, he shifted gears and turned to writing, lecturing, and consulting. He writes regularly for a number of gardening magazines. His books include among others Landscaping With Fruit, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden and Growing Fruit Naturally.
Explore the theory and practice behind the pruning and orienting of branches to create an espalier. This decorative, two-dimensional form offers high fruit yields decorating a wall or creating a fence. Recommended fruit plants, branch pruning and orienting techniques will be reviewed.

5. Stephen Scanniello - The Right Roses for CT from Antiques to Most Modern
Stephen is author of six books on roses, Curator of New York Botanical Garden’s Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and Consulting Rosarian for Elizabeth Park Conservancy. He spent 17 years at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with the major portion of time rebuilding the historical Cranford Rose Garden. Based upon his passion and experience with old roses, Stephen fulfilled a major role in the development of Elizabeth Park’s Heritage Rose Garden with roses over a century old. As President of the Heritage Rose Foundation, he’s keen on getting older roses back into circulation.
Choose the right rose from the modern to the most ancient that is perfect for the New England climate. Steven will focus on his work in recent New England rose gardens.

6. UConn Master Composter Workshop - Limited to 25 participants
Volunteers from the UConn Master Composter Program will hold a workshop on the fundamentals of composting, with emphasis on how materials break down in a compost pile and the various composting structures that can be used. They will also demonstrate how to make a worm bin. If desired, participants can bring their own starting materials, and make their own bin (worms will be provided). For a complete list of materials, click here.

1. Nancy DuBrule-Clemente - Foliage Plants that Give Color & Texture in the Landscape
Nancy is owner of Natureworks, a specialty organic garden center and landscape design, installation and maintenance business in Northford, CT. Her educational work includes classes, lectures, weekly e-mails and free workshops throughout the growing season at the garden center.
Plants that have good leaves are the backbone of the garden. When dealing with gaps in succession of bloom from early spring until late fall, this is where foliage comes to the rescue. Nancy will share her best choices for color and texture in the landscape based upon three decades of landscaping.

2. Dan Jaffe - The Best Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Birds
Dan is Propagator and Stock Bed Grower at New England Wildflower Society. He is co-author with the Director of a recent publication on “Native Plants for New England Gardens” that is an excellent resource for designing habitats that attract species that are local to the environment.
Google “how to save the pollinators” and you will quickly be overwhelmed with studies on habitat decline, the overuse of insecticides, issues associated with large scale agriculture and more. With such far reaching issues, it begs the question what can each of us do? Join Dan for a run-down on the best plants to support these pollinators.

3.Matt Mattus - The Art of Vegetable Gardening
Matt is author of the award winning gardening blog, Growing with Plants, where he features many of his travels and in-depth horticultural projects ranging from English sweet pea culture to growing and training exhibition chrysanthemums. His greenhouse and gardens have been included in many popular magazines. Matt has been involved with horticulture in leadership roles including the North American Rock Garden Society, the Worcester County Horticultural Society and the Board of Tower Hill Botanical Garden throughout his career as a Principal Designer at Hasbro.
While best known for his blog, the truth is his love of plants began early in life in the home vegetable garden. Join Matt as he shares some of his most fascinating cultural discoveries even with common crops. He will share how he has had to reprogram himself based on new research, and how he discovered some new crops worth trying.