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winter Garden Lecture Series
winter garden lecture series

February 3, 2016 - April 10, 2016


Elizabeth Park Conservancy and Pond House Café present Winter Garden Lectures, Lunches and Book Signings with a very special spring lecture featuring keynote speaker Carolyne Roehm on April 20.

All lectures are on Wednesdays at The Pond House Café.
To sign up online, visit:
For more information, please call the Elizabeth Park Conservancy at 860-231-9442 ext. 101.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Tourism and the Great Botanic Gardens of the World
Lecture by Dr. Richard Benfield, followed by a buffet lunch.
Travel through five continents and five thousand years of Great Botanic Garden establishment and development to see what made them great and still makes them so special and popular today.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Native Plants and the Invasives
Lecture by Michael Klein and Rosemary Aldridge. Discover how invasive plants can negatively impact our local ecosystem and how native plants can help the environment and provide an aesthetically pleasing garden.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Succession of Bloom in the Perennial Garden
Lecture by Jane Gottier. Learn to “orchestrate” your garden’s symphony of bloom. Discover the secret to keeping your garden looking fresh and colorful throughout the growing season by selecting specific plants and plant combinations.

Wednesday March 9, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration —25 Years of the Garden Conservancy
Lecture by Page Dickey followed by a buffet lunch and book signing. Be inspired by this stunning selection of public and private gardens the Conservancy has helped to save. Beautiful photographs show an amazing display of the unbounded resourcefulness of the American gardener.
$35; book - $35

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Designing for Fall Color
Lecture by Rosemary Aldridge. Add color and interest to your fall landscape by selecting plants with changing foliage and texture. Emphasis on extending color into the very late fall season.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
10:00 - 11:30 AM lecture
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM book signing
At Home in the Garden with Carolyne Roehm
Carolyne Roehm will visually take us through her exquisite gardens at her 59-acre Sharon, CT estate, Weatherstone, featuring images from her newly published book At Home in the Garden.   Step into Carolyne's world as she shares personal reflections about her extraordinary life and the humbling effects of nature.  Using her own photographs and watercolors to transport us, Carolyne reveals her personal ode to beauty--the picturesque cutting, orchard, vegetable, shade and topiary gardens.  All combined, they reflect an atmosphere of happiness and beauty while offering us inspiration for our own gardens. 

Style icon and lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm has been part of American design culture for over four decades. A discerning eye and passion for beauty lead her into the world of flowers, where her books are often referred to as the best in their field. Subsequent entertaining and interiors titles cemented her position as one of America’s lifestyle experts.

Now the author of twelve books, Roehm’s mission is to teach others how to capture and create beauty in their lives, in both the everyday and out of the ordinary.

$25; book - $35

SEED-starting demonstration

Saturday, March 5, 2016

10:00 - 11:30 AM

The Cottage

Bob Prill, Horticultural Consultant to the Elizabeth Park Conservancy, will give a seed-starting demonstration.

Spring Greenhouse Show & Plant Show

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring Greenhouse Show

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Plant Sale - purchase plants from the Spring Greenhouse Show


For Questions or Information please call: 860-231-9443 or email us.

Christine Doty
Executive Director

Andrea Masisak
Manager of Gardens & Grounds
and Volunteers
Elizabeth Park Conservancy
1561 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117
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Pond House Café
1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117
860.231.8823 / phone
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