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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Gardening for the Birds

 On February 9, 2021, Barrington Garden Club presented via Zoom Charlie Nardozzi with his program "Gardening for the Birds". Charlie is an award winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio and television personality. A resident of Vermont, Charlie explained how birds are struggling due to habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change. He discussed the best flowers, shrubs and trees to grow in your landscape to enhance bird life and still have a beautiful yard. Check out his website Gardening with!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing

 Tovah Martin, renowned author, freelance writer and avid gardener, presented her program to Barrington Garden Club on January 19, 2021, via Zoom. Tovah is an accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA, an honorary member of the Garden Club of America and recipient of their medal for outstanding literary achievement, as well as a member of the Connecticut Horticultural Society. 

Tovah describes her program. "No matter whether you are gardening in a close-knit neighborhood or a sprawling estate, you want to garden efficiently, prolifically, sustainable and beautifully. You need to garden smartly and you've got to conserve your resources. This lecture focuses on all the points on your checklist. When you layer a garden, not only do you maximize space, but you can also create hard-working habitats. You can fulfill a balance between what you need and what nature needs. Using my own garden that I call Furthermore as an example, I describe how to create layers in varied habitats including the perennial, berry, and vegetable gardens. The result is visually fulfilling, low maintenance, and mulch-eliminating when plants go wall-to-wall. This lecture shares how that shakes down to serve our needs as well as the needs of pollinators and other creatures. You can expect to hear many innovative ideas beyond the usual solutions." Tovah's lecture, accompanied by pictures of her garden, was a truly outstanding program. The club thanks you!!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Holiday Happenings for Barrington Garden Club

On Tuesday, November 17, Barrington Garden Club hosted, by Zoom meeting, Michelle Lariviere and her program 'Floral Designs for the Holidays'. Michelle created three different holiday floral designs as she discussed the fundamentals of design and the procurement of her materials. She also offered tips helpful to the amateur designers for their homes during the holiday season.

Do enjoy the town wide decorating done by the Barrington elves. Look for the lovely wreaths and garlands at various buildings and gardens around town. Please remember mask wearing to stay well for the holidays in this surging COVID season.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Plant Propagation at The Arnold Arboretum: Overview and History

On Tuesday, October 20, Barrington Garden Club via Zoom introduced Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the oldest public arboretum in North America. He focused on the history, mission and future of propagation in a public garden setting. His slide presentation highlighted important wild collected and horticultural material that explores the biodiversity of the woody plant world. Included were practical ways that home gardeners can propagate their own plants from seed, cuttings and layering.

Thank you, Sean, for such an enlightening lecture!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Barrington Garden Club Events

 Barrington Garden Club has started its new program season in a different format. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BGC has resumed regular meetings in an irregular form by using Zoom for the foreseeable future. 

September's program featured club member, Meghan Frost, who gave a Power Point presentation of "The Barrington Land Conservation Trust: A Hidden Gem". Meghan is chair of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust Education Committee. She discussed the history, mission, structure and work being done today by the Land Trust, highlighting how this assures that the natural resources of  Barrington will remain one of its greatest assets for future generations.

Members are maintaining the gardens around town by gathering in small groups wearing masks and keeping socially distant. Please enjoy the new plantings at the library's MacIntyre Garden.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

BGC Events Cancelled

In light of the deepening crisis regarding the COVID-19 virus, Barrington Garden Club has cancelled all events from now until the end of June.

Civic Beautification projects will continue because weeds don't stop growing for a virus. Groups of two or three who practice social distancing will do maintenance. The club hopes to be able to plant as usual.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Program Cancellation

Due to the upgrade of the coronavirus situation to Pandemic, Barrington Garden Club, in an abundance of caution, is cancelling the Tuesday, March 17, meeting with its program "The Amazing Honey Bee - Life Inside the Colony." Stay well!