Connecticut Show Houses Gardens

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Junior League of Hartford Decorator Show House 2009
Saturday, May 2 2009
Venue: Junior League of Hartford Decorator Show House
Description: Every three years the Junior League of Hartford, Inc. takes over a unique home or estate in the greater Hartford area, selects regional decorators to design the interior and grounds, and sells tickets to the public for viewing of the completed house. All proceeds from the Show House are used to fund the LeagueŪs community projects. Situated in the West End of Hartford, this yearŪs house is located at 219 Kenyon Street and will be open to the public May 2 Ů 24, 2009. Tickets cost $25 at the door, $20 if purchased in advance. For more information about ticket outlets or online purchasing or about the Junior League of Hartford please visit
May 2, 2009 through May 24, 2009
Mondays and Tuesdays - CLOSED
Wednesday - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday and Friday - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday - 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fall 2005
Showhouse: Kinderwood Designer Showhouse
Ridgefield, CT / Fall 2005
Designer: Suzanne Novik , ASID
Room Design: Master Sitting/ Dressing Room Suzanne Novik Interiors 4 North Avenue Weston, CT 06883
Phone: (203) 454-5557 Fax: (203) 454-5537 E-Mail:
Online video of the home

July 1989
Connecticut Show House, Palmer Mansion
1 Palmer Street, off Route 1A, Stonington, Conn.; 203-535-3519.
A designer show house will be held at the Greco-Italianate house, which was built between 1852 and 1854, through July 30. It will include work by more than 30 interior designers, including Georgina Fairholme and Arnold Copper, as well as by muralists, decorative painters and landscape designers. Hours: 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. Tuesday through Sunday (Friday evenings from 6 to 8 P.M.). Tickets: $10. Children under 6 years old are not admitted. Proceeds will benefit the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. Bronx Estates, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Shore Road off Pelham Parkway, Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx; 212-885-3466
Mini-Tour of the Gardens A loyal cadre of several dozen volunteers works with the chairperson and the park staff to plan, plant, and maintain the estate's gardens. James Gamble Rogers' firm designed the layout and pathways of the West Garden. Between 1918 and 1929, Beatrix Farrand created a new planting plan for the West Garden, then designed and installed the East Garden, the Boxwood Parterre, and the Alpine Rock Garden. The garden design combine Mrs. Farrand's innovative use of plant materials and textures with Mrs. Harkness's color preferences and extensive collection of oriental garden statuary. Beatrix Ferrand, niece of Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Edith Wharton, was one of the original founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Only three other examples of Beatrix Farrand's work remain, the most notable is Dumbarton Oaks in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. In 1999, Harkness Memorial State Park received the prestigious Millennium Medallion Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Friends of Harkness Memorial Mail State Park, Inc. Box 10 Waterford, CT 06385 Phone: (860) 437-1523 Leave a message and your name, address, phone number and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. E-Mail Marcella Wagner, president

Higganum, CT 06441 Telephone: (860)345-4290 Fax: (860)345-3462 Programs & Events at The Sundial
CT Audubon Society Events
Saturdays and Sundays - Connecticut Audubon Eagle Viewing Boat Tours 9 & 11 See largest concentration, up to 100, of wintering Bald Eagles in northeast in natural habitat along Connecticut River aboard Riverquest.Seats limited. Reservations and tickets: 860-767-0660 or 800-996-8747. Depart: Connecticut River Museum’s Steamboat Dock downtown Essex Information: CAS Center at Trail Wood Evenets May 28 - Bird Walks 8 Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz on trails in 168-acre Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary searching for bird species. Hooded Warbler, Red-shouldered Hawk, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush found here regularly. Fee. 93 Kenyon Road, Hampton 860-928-4948

Garden Conservancy
Open Days Rain or shine. $5/garden. No reservations needed. May 23 - Hartford County Gardens of Sara M. Knight in West Hartford, celebrating 40th anniversary: cottage garden morphed into formal evergreen planting. Other features are: hostas under giant yew, rose garden with lavender, 40-foot perennial border and a small hexagonal herb garden, white border and “north” garden. May 24 - 2 Gardens in New Haven County Nickolas Nickou and Carol Hanby, Branford, guided tour at 10am: 3-acre garden features many species and varieties of mature rhododendrons, azaleas, rare trees and shrubs from China and Japan, woodland flowering plants, ferns, Japanese primulas, bog plants. John N. Spain, Middlebury, 10-4: rock garden, woodland garden with paths, winter-hardy cactus garden, planted walls, troughs, 32-foot-long landscaped greenhouse of cacti and succulents.

May 31 - Litchfield County
Gardens of Robin Magowan & Juliet Mattila, Salisbury, 10-4: extensive alpine rock garden at floriferous peak. Several thousand plants from world’s various alpine regions, plus heather garden, perennial beds, apple orchard. Hollister House Garden, Washington, 10-Noon & 2-5: old-fashioned, but unusual, rambling formal garden informally planted with exuberant abundance of both common and exotic plants in subtle, sometimes surprising, color combinations. High walls and hedges divide separate rooms, interesting vistas. Read about it here. The Garden Conservancy 11 Old Postal Rd. Cold Spring 888-842-2442,

CT Botanical Society Events
CT Agricultural Experiment Station 123 Huntington St. New Haven Information: (203) 488-7813, or

May 29 - Florence Griswold Museum
Noon Second annual garden luncheon with lecture: A Sense of Place: Preserving America’s Historic Houses, Gardens and Landscapes, by preservationist Nancy N. Campbell. Reservations required. Tickets: or call 860-434-5542 x 111. Campbell focuses preservation of landscapes by historic house museums and their challenges such as interpreting the cultural landscape as an important part of the American past. Before luncheon, view current exhibitions and tour historic gardens with Garden Historian Sheila Wertheimer. Campbell talks during lunch overlooking the Lieutenant River. Campbell was chairman of Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, chairman of Preservation League of New York State, and elected first woman chairman of National Trust for Historic Preservation. Florence Griswold Museum 96 Lyme Street Old Lyme 860-434-5542 x 109

Hollister House Garden Events
The garden of George Schoellkopf, a preservation project of The Garden Conservancy, will be open for visitors every Saturday from May thru September. $3 per person donation requested for education fund. July 11 - Twilight in the Garden 6-8 Enjoy the garden in the cool of the evening while sipping a glass of wine with nice nibbles to eat. More information TBA. August 28, 29, 30 - Annual Fundraising Event A gala fundraising event is scheduled for the weekend beginning Friday evening with cocktails and supper and Early Buying at the Specialty Plant Sale that will be open to the public the following day. Lots more news on this event to come. 300 Nettleton Hollow Road Washington or 860-868-2200

Bartlett Arboretum Events
Fee. To register or for more information call 203-322-6971 The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens 151 Brookdale Road Stamford (Exit 35 of Merritt Parkway) 203-322-6971

Weir Farm National Historic Site Events
Weir Farm National Historic Site Burlingham House Visitor Center 735 Nod Hill Road Wilton (203) 834-1896 or

Earthplace Events Earthplace 10 Woodside Lane, Westport 203-227-7253

The New Haven Land Trust and New Haven Parks and Recreation
2009 New Haven Community Gardening and Greenspace Conference
How to organize to support and maintain your community garden or greenspace. Saturday, May 16, 9 AM - 11 AM Registration and reception, starts at 8:30 AM City Hall, 165 Elm Street FREE! All are welcome! For more info, visit:
Grow Local, Buy Local, Eat Local - Start with Your Soil

Monday, April 27, 2009, 11:45 am CT Agricultural Experiment Station auditorium, 123 Huntington St, New Haven $10 per person Speakers: Featured speaker Bill Duesing, Executive Director of CTNOFA, will entertain us with a talk about soil. Melina Shannon-DiPietro, director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, will briefly describe the project. Lunch: A generous portion of minestrone made with local ingredients by Zinc chef, Denise Appel, and desserts by the Conservation Committee. Bring more to eat if you like. More: Sources of locally grown seeds, seedlings, plants and trees, places to buy local farm produce, and restaurants, like Zinc, using locally produced products. Students from Common Ground High School will be selling seedlings and other items, such as maple syrup. Reserve Your Place: Contact, Mikey Hirschoff ( or call 203.393.2214 by April 8 to reserve a place, then mail check to Mikey Hirschoff, 392 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 by April 21.

Sustainable Gardening Expo in Stamford
Thursday, May 28, 2009, 2:00-9:00 PM Stamford Government Center, Center Lobby 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901 For info visit:

Knowledge To Grow On - Spring Seminars
Saturday March 28, 2009 Vegetable Gardening A, B, C’s Where: Middlesex Cooperative Extension Office in Haddam When: 10 am until 2 pm. Learn to prepare soil, what varieties for our climate, to maintain plants, harvest tips and pest ID/control. Saturday April 4, 2009 Landscape Design Basics Where: Auer Farm in Bloomfield When: 10 am until 2 pm Learn the basic principles of design including assessing a site, basic design considerations, and choosing plants. $50 registration fee. Visit to download the registration form or call 877-486-6271 UConn Home and Garden Education Center.

Edible School Gardens Workshop
New Date! Monday, March 16, 2009 Location: Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT 9:30AM: Coffee, tea, snack and networking 10:00AM - Noon: Program and discussion Sponsored by: Westport Green Village Initiative and the Unitarian Church of Westport Edible Schoolyards are popping up everywhere! Join us to learn about growing a K-12 sustainable education program. Featured presenter:Dorothy Mullen, Master Gardener, Founder, Princeton School Gardens Cooperative Please RSVP by February 27 to Carmela at CT NOFA Beginning Organic Gardening
Cultivating an Organic Connecticut Saturday, February 21, 2009 Windsor High School • Beginning Organic Gardening Workshop Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Oxford Horse & Livestock Ass. (free to CCGA members) Beginning Organic Gardening Learning Opportunities Contact: Bill Duesing, Executive Director, CT NOFA, (203) 888-5146

MAY 1 The Near and Far house tour will raise money for organizations that provide housing support and family services to people in need in Fairfield County. Five residences will be on the tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including an English Tudor style house overlooking Long Island Sound, and a house decorated with 18th century American furniture, American Impressionist art and eclectic treasures from the owners’ travels. Tickets, $75, at Garelick & Herbs, 1799 Post Road East in Westport. Advance tickets, $60, and information about a cocktail party on April 30 and a breakfast on May 1 featuring the designer Victoria Hagan, at (203) 259-1710.

JUNE 13 Eight private gardens, six of them in the Sachem’s Head area with views of the Atlantic Ocean, will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit Guilford ABC, an educational and social program for minority students. Tickets, $20, at the Village Green, Broad and Whitfield Streets. Shuttle service will be provided from the village to the ocean-view gardens. Advance tickets, $15, and information, (203) 453-5622 and

JUNE 18 The Bartlett Arboretum and five private gardens, including one with period gardens inspired by Colonial Williamsburg and another with desert plantings and a shade garden, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Master gardeners from the arboretum will be stationed at each of the private gardens to talk about their character and offer advice. Tickets, $65, at the arboretum, 151 Brookdale Road (High Ridge Road). Lunch, reserved by June 15, $28. Advance tickets, $60 (members, $50), and information: (203) 322-6971 and

JUNE 19 AND 20 The annual tour of five gardens will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets benefit the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. For day-of-tour tickets, $25, follow signs from Exit 70 on Interstate 95. Advance tickets, $20, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check payable to the family agency, Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour, Post Office Box 324, Old Lyme, 06371. Information: (860) 443-2896, extension 901, and

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