This holiday season is the bee’s knees at the Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby, Connecticut! Once the home of business woman, dairy breeder, and philanthropist Frances Osborne Kellogg, the museum is now owned and operated by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. For more than thirty years, garden clubs and organizations have decorated the museum. This year’s holiday theme honors the pollinators, the animals who are essential for the survival of humans, wildlife, and the earth. Each room has bee-utiful decorations representing peculiar pollinators like bats and lemurs to familiar ones like bees and butterflies.
Eileen Denver, a garden volunteer at the Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden in Woodbury, CT gives us a bit of history about the site’s Gertrude Jekyll garden. Nearly 100 years ago, the famous English garden designer Gertrude Jekyll … Continued
Gardeners, if asked about a plant with lily like blossoms, are apt to ask “Is this a true lily?” This question sounds rather medieval, harkening back to true knights and true quests but actually this question grows out of the … Continued
by Beth Burgess The Stowe Center’s grounds in Hartford, Connecticut provide an oasis of beauty in a busy urban neighborhood, attracting tourists, students, and scholars from around the world to walk in the footsteps of the woman whose words changed … Continued
Did you know that sheep will eat poison-ivy? Indeed they do, and the Hill-Stead sheep are getting ready to do their bit for gardening at Hill-Stead. Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington is famous for its Sunken Garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand, … Continued
Early September is the last of the transition periods in the garden. Summer is still in full display. The phlox are in outrageous bloom, the long trumpets of the Plantagenet hosta still perfume the garden, the summer annuals – cosmos … Continued
The Amy Cogswell Garden at Webb Deane Stevens is rich in self sown flowers. Some have crept in from surrounding gardens and from acquired mulch but many are specified in the garden’s plan. One of the reseeding plants specified by Amy … Continued
One of the first flowers to emerge in late winter is Eranthis hyemalis, commonly called “Winter Aconite”. Their bright yellow flowers and jester collared leaves are one of the first signs at Weir Farm National Historic Site that Spring is … Continued