Wildflower Walk on the Botany Trail
Members of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club will be offering a guided stroll along Flanders’ award winning Botany Trail which they developed in 1965 and still maintain today. The trail is a refuge for wildflowers and native plants that have been rescued from area development. It is approximately one mile in length and features gentle terrain suitable for any age level. It is at one of its loveliest times in the spring when there are over 150 wildflowers on the trail blooming at different times.
Dates/Times: Sundays, April 30, May 7 & 14 / 2 PM. Please note: Walk will be cancelled in case of rain.
Location: Sugar House parking lot
Cost: Free and open to the public. Donations welcome.
Gardening Program: Plant Combinations for All-Season Color
This is the second of a four class series Flanders is holding on how to achieve the best results from your garden. The program is designed to help you use perennials, annuals, tropicals, grasses, ferns, bulbs and shrubs to fill your garden with color all season long — especially in the summer months. The program will show you how to plant your garden as if it were a painting or photograph — with lots of color, contrast, texture and shape. Tips will be shared on how best to select plants compatible in their growing requirements that will also harmonize visually. The program will be led by professional gardener Fabienne Audette, owner of Nibbling Brook Gardens. Fabienne received a Master of Science in Horticulture at Ohio State University and has had a lifelong passion and years of experience in gardening.
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 2 | 10 AM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non-Members
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The Last Ice Age
This program will be focusing on the two large continental ice sheets that 22,000 years ago covered a great deal of North including the larger of the two, the Laurentinne Ice Sheet, which covered what is now Connecticut. These two ice sheets and other glaciers locked up huge volumes of water and as a consequence, global sea level was 120 meters lower than it is today. Large expansions of the continental shelf on the west coast were exposed, creating land bridges permitting humans, and plants to migrate for the first time on to North America. This two-day course will cover the early interpretations of the formations that were created by these ice sheets and the efforts to explain them.
For the second part of the program on Saturday, May 6 the group will take a three-hour field trip to various areas of the Northwest corner of Connecticut to witness formations that still exist as a result of the activity of these ice sheets. Friday’s program will take place at the Flanders’ Studio. Details of the Saturday field trip will be discussed then.
Dates / Times: Friday, May 5 | 7 – 9 PM and Saturday, May 6 | 9 AM – Noon
Location: Studio Parking Lot
Cost: For both days – $15 members / $20 non-members
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Flanders Art Committee to hold “Farm Tea”
To celebrate Flanders Nature Center’s first beginnings as a working farm, the Art Committee of Flanders will host a 1920’s themed Farm Tea.
In 1926, on a visit to friends in Southbury, 25-year-old New York artist Natalie Van Vleck fell in love with a farm on Flanders Road in Woodbury. She promptly persuaded her parents to buy it, and so set in train the events that led to the jewel in the crown of Woodbury, Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust. To celebrate her accomplishments, the first annual traditional Flanders Farm Tea will feature a wide range of teas as well as local jams and jellies, homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches and cookies served by Art Committee members in period costume. A highlight will be a raffle for a basket filled with locally-sourced items, with its centerpiece, a teapot by Washington’s Will Talbot of Bell Hill Pottery.
Date / Time: Sunday, May 7 | 4 – 6 PM
Location: Van Vleck House
Cost: $25 per person
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William Burt: “Water Babies: The Hidden Lives of Baby Wetland Birds” Lecture and Book Signing
This slide lecture and presentation by William Burt, naturalist, photographer and writer, will be highlighting his book “Water Babies’. This will be followed by a book signing reception in the White Memorial’s museum. This program is co-sponsored by White Memorial Conservation Center, Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust and The Litchfield Hills Audubon Society — all organizations which are committed to the conservation and preservation of land, nature, and wildlife, through programming that educates and inspires a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
The “ Water Babies” are the downy young of ducks, grebes, gallinules and shorebirds, herons, and other birds of wetlands, notoriously challenging for birder and photographer alike due to being quick-footed, wary, and well-camouflaged. They are endearing, from the comic monster herons to the fuzzy ducklings and stick-legged sandpipers, these tots have personality and spunk. You’ll see the parent birds of wetlands in this slide presentation, too. Each downy chick is juxtaposed with the adult it will become.
William Burt has a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes, and the shy birds within. His feature stories are seen in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and he is the author of three previous books. Burt’s photo exhibitions have shown at some 35 museums across the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut
Date / Time: Saturday, May 13 | 7:30 PM
Location: White Memorial Conservation Center’s Carriage House, 8 Woodhall Rd, Litchfield CT
Cost: $10 – Members / $15 Non-Members
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