Meetings

2021 – 2022 Meeting Schedule

Member meeting begins at 6:30p.  Program presentation begins at 7p

September 9th:  Initial Meeting of the year, 6:30pm @ the Burlington LIbrary.  We will have a short business meeting and then we’ll do a “show and tell” – bring your favorite garden “tool” even if it’s not meant to be a garden tool and let us know why you like it so much!   We also have some milkweed seeds we can hand out.  They’re a couple of years old but should still have some life left in them.  We want to help the monarchs all we can.  As per Ted Shafere, masks in Town buildings are ‘highly recommended’.  Anyone who is not vaccinated must wear a mask.  Anyone who has a health concern should wear a mask.

October 13th (WEDNESDAY):  Saving our Lands, One Yard at a Time.   6:30pm @ the Burlington LIbrary. Margery Winters from Roaring Brook Nature Center will share:  Unlike Vegas, what happens in our yards does not always stay in our yards, and can affect areas far from our homes. By reconsidering how and why we garden as we do, we can help promote wildlife diversity in our own back yards and in our wild areas beyond.     As per Ted Shafere, masks in Town buildings are ‘highly recommended’.  Anyone who is not vaccinated must wear a mask.  Anyone who has a health concern should wear a mask.

January 13th (Thursday) 2022:     Beavers: a keystone species and uniquely fascinating. 

Member meeting begins at 6:30p.  Program presentation begins at 7p

Ginny Apple, a master wildlife conservationist for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will share about the behavior and history of beavers.   Beavers play a unique role as nature’s engineers in shaping North American landscapes.   Find out why beavers are called “eager,” and how Beaver ponds and wetlands can help us fight environmental problems from water pollution to erosion and climate change.  Ginny has years of experience leading groups and provided interpretive programs at the Shepaug Dam.  A native Texan, Apple was one of the first full-time women sportswriter in the country.

April 14th (Thursday) 2022:   Mosses: Living Fossils of the Plant World

Member meeting begins at 6:30p.  Program presentation begins at 7p at the Burlington Library.

Dr. Jeff Holcomb who will present his program on Mosses.  Small, and easily overlooked, mosses play important roles in many of our most interesting habitats. As pioneers on rocks, burned landscapes, bogs, and rotting logs, mosses often provide suitable habitats in which seedlings of other plant species can thrive, including trees and wildflowers. Mosses also can be extraordinarily beautiful, even as they are the most ancient plants in our landscape.  Were mosses the first plants to escape aquatic habitats and occupy the land?

May 14th (Saturday) Annual Plant Sale

at the Burlington Townhall from 9a to 12p

Plants from local members gardens AND beautiful potted plants from a local nursery.