Live & Learn

Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

May 4, 2019
Beyond Crabapples: The Four
Season Beauty of Ornamental Trees

Presented by Elisabeth Cary. Surround yourself with the beauty of small ornamental trees. This often underutilized group of plants can play an important part in the four-season garden offering flowers, fruit, foliage and structure. Learn about the many species available and explore how to select, site and cultivate this great group of plants.

Saturday, May 4, 10 – 11:30 am

Cost: Hollister House Garden members: $25; Non-members $35

300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

860-868-2200
www.hollisterhousegarden.org

May 5 & 12, 2019
Wildflower Walks on
Flanders Botany Trail

Join the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust’s Spring Wildflower Walks along the Van Vleck Sanctuary’s Botany Trail. Each walk will be led by a member of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club. Please note that rain will cancel the hike.

The award-winning Botany Trail began in 1965 when wildflowers rescued from the proposed path of I-84 and other development projects found a safe haven at Flanders Nature Center. Over 100 species of wildflowers can be found there during different times of the spring season. The trail is approximately one mile in length and features gentle terrain suitable for any age level.

Participants are asked to park at Flanders Botany Trail / Sugar House parking lot which is approximately 1/4 mile from the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Roads in Woodbury.

Sundays, May 5 and May 12, 1 – 3 pm

Free
Donations welcome

The Van Vleck Sanctuary
Flanders and Church Hill Roads
Woodbury

203-263-3711, ext. 10
www.flandersnaturecenter.org

May 9, 2019
New York Times Best Selling Author,
Martha Hall Kelly at Gunn Memorial Library

Best selling author, Martha Hall Kelly, returns to Gunn Memorial Library to discuss her just released novel, Lost Roses.

Martha’s debut novel, the runaway bestseller Lilac Girls, introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg, Russia to Paris, France under the shadow of World War I. From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian émigrés who live there, the lives of these women will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history.

“Kelly memorably portrays three indomitable women who triumph over hardships and successfully brings a complex and turbulent time in history to life.”—Publishers Weekly

“The writing is rich and vivid with detail about the period. . . . A nuanced tale that speaks to the strength of women.”—Kirkus Reviews

Books will be available for sale & signing at the event courtesy of Hickory Stick Book Store.

Martha grew up in Massachusetts and now splits her time between Connecticut, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three splendid children, while researching and writing Lilac Girls, her first novel. She is excited to share the prequel, Lost Roses. For more on Martha visit marthahallkelly.com

Thursday, May 9, 6 pm

Free

Gunn Memorial Library
Wykeham Room
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
Washington

860-868-7586
www.gunnlibrary.org

May 11, 2019
Naturalistic Planting
on a Domestic Scale

Presented by Robert Anderson. Gardens such as the High Line in New York and Olympic Park in London have changed the way we think of using perennials. This illustrated talk will focus on practical techniques for creating and managing naturalistic plantings at a size that is feasible for the home gardener in terms of both labor and expense.

Saturday, May 11, 10 – 11:30 am

Cost: Hollister House Garden members: $25; Non-members $35

300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

860-868-2200
www.hollisterhousegarden.org

May 16, 2019
A Journey Through Jazz
at Gunn Memorial Library

Musicologist, music theorist and award winning professor, Gil Harel, PhD will present this musically enhanced visual presentation at the library for an engaging program on jazz.

Perhaps no period in the history of jazz witnessed as much rapid change and stylistic evolution as the era following World War II. As the large swing orchestras of the 1930s disappeared, they were replaced with smaller ensembles playing hard-driving, virtuosic, and eventually quasi-minimalist music that polarized some fans and sparked fierce debates on the future of jazz. Professor Harel will focus on three individuals: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, exploring their musical styles, contributions, and legacies as three of jazz’s most storied figures.

Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”, as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the coveted “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. His commitment to community-oriented lecturing spans many years. He has been hosted as a featured speaker at many learning-oriented events in Connecticut, New York, as well as Massachusetts. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.

Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm

Free

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington

860.868.7586
gunnprograms@biblio.org

May 25, 2019
Color My World Class
with Betsy Rogers-Knox at
Hollister House Garden

Learn how to accurately mix watercolors to create a floral color wheel and explore a variety of hues found in plants. A basic understanding of color theory will enhance your paintings in any medium. All levels welcome.

The watercolor workshops at Hollister House Garden are taught by Betsy Rogers-Knox. Betsy received a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from NYBG in 2006. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and at the Royal Horticultural Botanical Art Shoe in London where she was awarded the Silver Gilt Award.

Saturday, May 25, 1 – 4 pm

Cost: Hollister House Garden members: $50; Non-members $65

300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

860-868-2200
hollisterhousegarden.org/events/color-my-world-with-betsy-rogers-knox/
www.hollisterhousegarden.org

May 25, 2019
A New Perspective on
Container Gardening

Presented by Jenna O’Brien
Learn to use containers in landscape to enhance and extend seasonal beauty, produce food and help create an authentic sense of place. In this illustrated demonstration you will learn about functional and conceptual design and pot, plant and soil selection.

Saturday, May 25, 10 – 11:30 am

Cost: Hollister House Garden members: $25; Non-members $35

300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

860-868-2200
www.hollisterhousegarden.org