Arboretum offering three free gardening classes at the Public Library of New London

Three free classes being offered by the Connecticut College Arboretum designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable and beautiful urban gardens will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 27, March 6 and March 13 in the Community Room, 63 Huntington Street, New London. Registration is suggested; participants may sign up for one, two or all three classes. For further information or to register, call 860-439-5020 or email

Tuesday, February 27, Ecological Landscaping, with Maggie Redfern, associate director of the Connecticut College Arboretum.

Are you interested in cultivating a garden that is in harmony with nature? This presentation will introduce environmentally sound practices including planting native plants, removing exotic invasive plants, letting naturalized plants grow, minimizing water consumption and storm water runoff, reducing fossil fuel usage, and avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Tuesday, March 6, Gardening for Wildlife, with Kim Hargrave from the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.

As open spaces shrink, wildlife becomes dependent on our yards for survival. No matter where you live or the size of your yard, it can become an important part of an animal’s life. Attracting pollinators, birds and butterflies will all be covered.

Tuesday, March 13, Creating Rain Gardens, with Mike Dietz, NEMO Program Director.

(NEMO stands for Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials, a program created at the University of Connecticut, as a collaboration of the Cooperative Extension System, the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program and the Natural Resources Management and Engineering Department.)

Rain gardens are increasingly being used to reduce stormwater pollution in Connecticut. Besides performing this important function, they can also enhance the landscape of your yard. This presentation will provide information on how to design, site, size, install and maintain rain gardens. Our smartphone app will also be highlighted.


February 12, 2018