Dig In: Garden Club Events, Holiday Design Demonstation, House Tour

November 9, 2013 by  
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Garden Club Events

The Connecticut Valley Garden Club presents “Set to Celebrate,” a showcase of inspirational tablescape design, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Town and County Club in Hartford. More than 30 designers, businesses, non-profits and groups will display historic, musical, theatrical, holiday and “over-the-top” tablescape designs. Tickets are $20 in advance at http://www.Set2Celebrate.net; $30 the day of the event. A preview party will be Nov. 14 ($100). E-mail sdocooks@comcast.net for preview party information.

The Vernon Garden Club’s meeting Monday, Nov. 18, features “Tablescapes to Decorate your Winter Table” by floral designer Laurie Lemek of Ellington. Lemek will create seasonal arrangements with a natural, winter theme. Arrangements will be auctioned off at the end of the meeting. The program begins at 7 p.m. at Rockville United Methodist Church, 142 Grove St. Refreshments and a business meeting will follow. Information: 860- 872-4028.

The Garden Gate Club of Mansfield will meet Monday, at 7 p.m. at the Buchanan Center, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield Center, Route 89. Matthew Opel will give an illustrated talk, “Cacti and Succulents.” Beginning gardeners welcome. Refreshments served. Suggested donation for non-members is $5.

The Kensington Garden Club is offering a program on Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., featuring designer and artist, Alice Porter Flagg. Flagg will do floral arrangements in new holiday themes and they will be raffled off. The free event is at the Community Center, 230 Kensington Rd, Kensington.

The Bristol Garden Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 21 at Bristol Public Library, 5 High St. There will be a business meeting at 10 a.m.; refeshments at 11:30; and the speaker, Kymrie Zaslow, “Decorating with Flowers,” at noon. The event is open to the public for speaker only. Informaiton: 203-879-2921.

Elizabeth Park Events

Rose Garden Workshop: Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Hands on workshop to close the garden.

Iris Garden Workshop: Nov. 23, 10 a.m. Hands on workshop to close the garden. Come dressed for the weather and bring garden tools and gloves.

Information: http://www.elizabethparkct.org, eburton@elizabethparkct.org or 860-231-9443.

Appraisal Day

The Chester Historical Society presents the 10th Antiques Jewelry Appraisal Saturday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, Rte. 154, Chester. Eleven appraisal experts will appraise furniture, jewelry, silver, artworks, books, coins and currency, stamps, glassware, textiles and more. Attendees can bring up to three separate items to be appraised. Bring photographs if the item is too large to carry. Verbal appraisals are $10 for the first item; $20 for 2 items; or $25 for 3 items. Information: http://www.chesterhistoricalsociety.org; chestercthistoricalsociety@gmail.com; or 860-558-4701.

House Tour

A Passivhaus in Westport, one of the first of its type in the US, will be open to the public for tours on Saturday, Nov. 9. Tours and seminars will be held at noon or 2:30 pm. Heated primarily by an energy recovery ventilator, solar thermal panels, the heat of the occupants and the same electronic equipment most of us have in our homes, the owner’s certified Passivhaus home uses 90 percent less energy than a traditional home. Tickets are $20. Reservations: http://www.pace-cleanenergy.org, 860-796-4543 and 860-693-4813.

Arranging Roses

The CT Rose Society presents “Arrangements with Roses” by Craig Dorschel Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Pond House at Elizabeth Park, Hartford. Dorschel is a newly qualified apprentice arrangement judge, as well as the current ARS yankee district director, a certified consulting rosarian and horticultural judge. He will discuss basic design principles of arrangements and what it takes to exhibit at a qualified rose show. Free. Information: 203-213-4366; http://www.ctrose.org.

Aeroponic Gardening Class

Learn about aeroponic and hydroponic gardening — to grow organic herbs and vegetables in a soil-less medium and in a vertical space, either indoors or out — Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., at Comstock, Ferre and Co. Dana Platt will explain a technique developed by Tim Blank, a grower at the Epcot Center. Platt will demonstrate seedlings and a tower garden and show a how-to video. Comstock, Ferre and Co. is at 263 Main Street, Wethersfield. Resgitration: 860-571-6590 or sales@comstockferre.com.

Holiday Designs

Kris Urbanik, National Garden Club accredited flower show judge and floral designer, will demonstrate creating easy holiday designs for your Thanksgiving table Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., at the Connecticut Horticultural Society Office, 2433 Main St., Rocky Hill. The program will include basic design tips and tricks. The arrangements will be raffled off. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration: 860-529-8713.

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