REGIONAL NEWS & NOTES
CARMEN DE VITO
I am thrilled to be sharing my first post about events in Region 1 as a new Regional Director . We have so many great events coming up with talented and engaging speakers from New York to Massachusetts and beyond . I hope you will join us at one or more of these events this winter and share them with your gardening circles online and off . Please send any events or news to me at : cdevito66 @ gmail . com
Kerry Ann Mendez will be leading special threehour “ Garden Design ” and “ Remarkable Plants ” classes at premier garden centers in the Northeast . Five locations in four states : Massachusetts , Connecticut , New York and Virginia , beginning February 18 . For more info : pyours . com / events .
On February 19 , Kathy Purdy will present ” Fight Cabin Fever with Your Garden ” at Winter Doldrums , a joint meeting of the Hudson Adirondack Daylily Society , the Upstate New York Hosta Society and the Capital Hudson Iris Society , open to the public , Albany Cooperative Extension Center , 24 Martin Road , Voorheesville , New York . For more information : Kathryn Mohr kemohrke @ aol . com
or Cathy Fruhauf 518-858-3718 , cathyfruhauf @ hotmail . com
Karen Bussolini will be conducting an “ Ecofriendly Garden Coaching Brainstorming Session ,” drawing from her garden coach experiences in creating sustainable , enjoyable yards , Friday , February 24 , and giving a slide talk , “ Planting the Year-Round Pollinator Garden ,” February 25 , at the 36th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show . For more information : ctflowershow . com .
On March 16 , Jo Ann Gardener will give a PowerPoint presentation to the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America at a member ’ s home in Armonk , New York : “ The New Bible Garden : Exploring plantings across America and their roots in the Holy Land ,” drawn from her book Seeds of Transcendence : Understanding the Hebrew Bible Through Plants . For more info : jgardner1 @ westelcom . com .
On March 18 , Julie Moir Messervy will give the keynote lecture , “ Landscaping Ideas That Work ,” in New London , Connecticut , at the CMGA Symposium held at Connecticut College . For info : ctmga . org .
Carol Julien will present her program on white gardens , “ Hope Floats on White ” at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens , Wellesley , Massachusetts , on April 7 . Details : Carol Julien .
Marie Iannotti will be giving the keynote , “ A Gardener ’ s Tour of the Hudson Valley ,” at the Ulster Master Gardeners Garden Day
on Saturday , April 8 , at State University of New York-Ulster .
Dan Benarcik spoke February 10 on “ The Art of Gardening ,” and February 11 on “ Inspiration + Creativity , Taking Cues from Nature ,” at the 10th International Perennial Plant Conference in Germany .
Bill Thomas will speak about “ The Art of Gardening ,” March 9 at the Ecological Landscape Alliance Conference at University of Massachusetts-Amherst . On March 11 , he will be the keynote speaker at Penn State University Berks campus . On March 14 , Bill will speak on “ How Chanticleer Partners with Philadelphia Region for Tourism ” at the North American Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto . On March 18 , he will again speak about “ The Art of Gardening ” for the Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Niles , Michigan .
Kirk R . Brown is starting a new series of lectures for a certification in landscape design at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem , Pennsylvania . The program encourages avid home gardeners or entry-level professional landscape contractors to design an original landscape plan . Six , two-hour classes will be presented during the spring semester March 15 to April 26 with garden tours planned for the summer . student landscape design projects will be completed by fall 2017 .
Brown ’ s John Bartram and Frederick Law Olmsted continue their interpretations as keynotes for the Western Reserve Herb Society in Cleveland , March 10 ; Chester County Bridge of Hope annual banquet , March 18 ; Charlottesville Master Gardeners , April 13 ; and Rothermel ’ s , Country Meadows and Dunwoody Village Clubs on April 17 , 25 and May 2 respectively .
Additionally , Kirk and his wife Sara Stine Brown begin a tour of the production of “ Letters to the Homefront ” for adult communities and veterans groups in the greater Lehigh Valley area .
Judy Glattstein will present three topics at the Rutgers 41st Annual Home Gardeners School ,
in Brunswick , New Jersey , March 18 : “ A Japanese Touch for Your Garden ,” “ Backyard Chickens ” and “ Made for the Shade .”
On April 8 , Louise Clarke will be leading a crevice trough garden workshop at Longwood Gardens . Participants will learn the history of crevice gardening , identify suitable plants , and plant their own hypertufa troughs with selected