Decorating with Pollinators

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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.

Gertrude Jekyll Garden at Woodbury’s Glebe House Museum

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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

Lilies at the Webb Deane Stevens Gardens – True and Otherwise

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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

Heritage Roses in Bloom at the Stowe Center!

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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

News About Hill-Stead Museum’s Pollinator Garden Project

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

Reflections on Early September Gardens at Webb Deane Stevens

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

Seed Gathering – Late Summer in the Amy Cogswell Garden at Webb Deane Stevens

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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

Winter Aconite

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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

Garden in Winter & Soil Roots Happiness

If you need some garden therapy be sure and check out the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, Feb 18-21. Be sure and stop by the Connecticut Historic Gardens in booth 413! The winters are long in the northeast causing many … Continued

Autumn Musings

Many thanks to Rose Riley, Master Gardner, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield, CT Rose wrote this in early December, sorry about the delay in posting…although with the warm weather, hopefully much is the same! Autumn Musings Autumn always makes me mindful of spring. … Continued

Autumn 2015

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Thank you Rose Riley, Master Gardener at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum for this post.   The long, very hot, very dry summer is lingering into the first days of autumn.  Although the temperature has moderated, soil remains dry and plants … Continued


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Many thanks to Irene from Promisek at Three Rivers Farm in Bridgewater. (We’re glad you’re not still itching!) Fall announces her arrival in many ways… the changing color of the leaves, harvest festivals, pumpkin spice lattes and cool evenings… for me, … Continued

Cultural Practices & Plant Substitutions in a Historic Garden

Thank you Irene Skrybailo from Promisek at Three Rivers Farm, Bridgewater I’m often asked.. how true is the garden at Three Rivers Farm to Beatrix Farrand’s vision? Many visitors are curious about substitutions and changes that have affected plant selections in our 16 beds. … Continued

What’s Blooming at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum?

Thank you Rose Riley, Master Gardener  at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum for this post. After dawdling for 6 weeks, spring is now racing to summer!  As a gardener I love long slow springs with enough time to savor every … Continued

Caring for 600 Yards of Boxwood

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Many thanks to Laurie Masciandaro, Site Manage of Roseland Cottage for this update! Last Thursday was a special day in Roseland Cottage’s garden—one that marked the transition from late winter to early spring, and has for 165 years. The dwarf English boxwood … Continued

Five Tips for Better Garden Photographs

 by Lea Anne Moran | February 2015 This mid-winter respite away from your garden is the ideal time to think about how to take better photographs of your garden. Here are five tips that might help you improve your garden photos. … Continued

Tools of the Trade

by Irene Skrybailo | January 2015 Winter is a great time to take a step back and look in your tool shed. Even though the garden is at rest, there’s plenty to do in the off-season! First, check all the dates on your … Continued

The Arrival of Autumn

by Rose Riley | September 2014 The garden is about anticipation. The first warm day heralds a summer of days to come; the first snow drop a garden of lilies. Gardeners are always waiting for the next plant to come … Continued