The Connecticut Horticultural Society’s virtual symposium will be held on February 5


The Connecticut Horticultural Society presents its 2022 Virtual Symposium “Finding New Inspiration in Gardening,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 5, and registration is now open.

The one-day event, “Finding New Inspiration in Gardening,” will feature talks from gardening experts Kelly Norris, Michael Russo and Katherine Tracey. The symposium is sponsored by Prides Corner Farms, Coast of Maine Organic Products and Natureworks Garden Center.

The symposium, designed to inspire and enlighten both novice and expert gardeners as they begin planting in the spring, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include several presentations by the three experts, followed by a Q&A time.

Cost is $65 for members, $85 for non-members, and $15 for students with valid ID. Visit to register.

Norris will present two talks on February 5: “New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient and Ecologically Dynamic Vegetable Garden” and “Reimagining the Perennial Palette” is one of the leading horticulturists of his generation. Author of New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden, Kelly’s work in gardens has been featured in The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Fine Gardening, Garden Design and numerous television, radio and digital media appearances.

Russo, who talks about “Growing Garden Inspiration,” is an organic farmer and floral designer who owns Trout Lily Farm on Quonnipaug Lake in North Guilford, CT. Retired for 33 years as an arts educator, he is also a Certified Master Gardener and Naturalist who has been featured in Organic Gardening Magazine and Martha Stewart Living Weddings, among other publications and media.

Tracey will discuss “The Quintessential Garden” during the symposium. The co-owner of Avant Gardens in Dartmouth, MA has worked for over 30 years to compile a list of the ultimate plants to enjoy in southern New England, for herself and her clients. As a beekeeper and conservationist, she has devoted much of her attention to planting for pollinators and other beneficial insects. She has been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine and podcasts such as A Way To Garden, she has thousands of followers on Instagram and Twitter.

The Connecticut Horticultural Society is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging and improving the practice of gardening and the dissemination of horticultural information to its members and the public. The Society, through its many and varied programs, seeks to encourage enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of plants, the environment, and the art and science of gardening.


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