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University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension

This conference offers exciting educational opportunities for home gardeners at all interest levels - from the casual gardener to the garden enthusiast to the Advanced Master Gardener.  It also gives you an opportunity to hear and talk to nationally renowned authorities on various aspects of garden design, maintenance, and plant selection.

Early registration fee is $90 per person if postmarked on or before March 14th.  The fee is $100 per person if postmarked after March 14th or for walk-ins.  Student registration is $25 with valid school ID.  

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Joan Allen at (860) 486-6740 or email:

A Conference for the Home Gardener

March 21, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lewis B. Rome Commons
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut


8:00 Registration opens; refreshments served

Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Conserving Pollinating Insects with Pollinator Friendly Gardening


Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections, JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

That Hits the Spot, Plants to Fit Problem Spots in the Landscape

11:15- 11:30 Break

Jonathan Lehrer, Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture, Farmingdale State College (SUNY), Long Island, NY

Useful Native Woody Plants for Connecticut

12:30 - 1:45 Lunch

Amy Ziffer, Owner, A Shady Lady Garden Design, Sherman, CT

Shade Revealed: How to Garden Successfully in Low Light (Really!)

2:45 - 3:00 Break

Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, Owner, Natureworks, Northford, CT and Stephanie Cohen, Horticultural Consultant, Collegeville, PA

The Tall and Short of It

4:30 Adjournment