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RESIDENTIAL Landscape Design
Nov 10, 2014
10:00 AM - Noon

Landscape design principles are the basic concepts to guide us to create both aesthetically pleasing as well as practical landscape designs. A well-designed landscape plan must also take into account specific site conditions and plant choices that can thrive in differing microclimates. This talk will present residential landscape design principles; the basics of site conditions based on sun and wind patterns and will conclude with photos and descriptions of specific sustainable plants, both native and non-native.

Amy Sampson, PhD, is a residential and commercial landscape designer and is the owner of AES Landscape Design and Consultation located in Cheshire, CT. Amy taught landscape design and horticulture courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College and is the landscape design instructor for the CT Nursery & Landscape Association’s accreditation program. Amy has also taught classes for the CT Master Gardener continuing education program and conducts talks for nurseries, garden clubs, and horticulture-related groups across Connecticut.

FEE: $50.00 Non-Master Gardener ~ $40.00 Master Gardener
DEADLINE: November 3, 2014 To register please complete the form found here:

ENGLISH HOUSES & GARDENS of the Arts and Crafts Period
Nov 20, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 PM

William Robinson and other architects and gardeners at the turn of 19th century England ushered in a wholly new concept of architecture and gardening. The Arts and Crafts movement rejected the Victorian style and sought a return to a more “authentic” English sensibility. They designed with a sympathetic response to the site and saw the importance of local artisans and materials. They replaced the Victorian glass house gardens full of exotic plants with gardens of hardy and sustainable English plants.

We will look briefly at a few late 18th century houses and gardens in order to place the Arts and Crafts period in context. We will then look at several Arts and Crafts houses and gardens, many of which are still tended today with the same sensibility. Particularly noteworthy are the parallels that can be made between that period and current thoughts about the environment and gardening.

Kathy Kling is a Master Gardener and volunteer at the Montgomery Pinetum. She takes care of Sydney Eddison’s garden in Newtown, CT, and has recently started her own gardening company, The Plantagenet Group, with her sister. Kathy is a LEED-certified architect registered in New York and Connecticut and has an M.Arch from Columbia.

FEE: $ 25.00 Non-Master Gardener ~ $ 20.00 Master Gardener

DEADLINE: November 13, 2014