2020-2021 Program Schedule

Due to the Coronavirus, monthly meetings will be virtual - via Zoom webinar.  The Zoom link will be sent via email 1-2 days prior to each event.  Zoom will work on your computer, iPad or any smartphone.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020:   'Zoom 101 for NCBL Members'  If you are not familiar with Zoom, please join this webinar to learn how to use Zoom for our meetings this year!  You will be able to ask questions.  Hosted by Patricia Spugani.  Zoom Webinar 10:00-10:30am.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020: "NCBL Around Town"  Faith Kerchoff will update us on what the NCBL does to keep New Canaan beautiful.  After Faith's talk and weather permitting, we will gather outside at Mead Park Plaza on Richmond Hill Road to enjoy the Gold Star Walk at noon.  Park at the parking area by the plaza or within the park and walk over.  Please wear a mask.  Click here to view a recording of this program.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020There's No Place Like Home for Your Plants - Especially in Winter!  Nancy Kline Gorkin, the owner of Earth Garden, will help us create a friendly environment in which indoor and overwintering plants will thrive.  She will cover everything from watering, feeding, pest management, best locations and suggestions for types of plants most suited to indoor living.  Zoom Webinar 9:30-11:30am.   Click here to view a recording of this program.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020:  "Creating Decorative Winter Porch Pots"  Jennifer Cipriano of Copia Home and Garden in South Salem, NY will give us ideas for creating decorative outside planters that will take us through Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond.  Zoom Webinar 9:30-11:30AM.  Click here to view a recording of this program.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021: "The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer" Bill Thomas, Executive Director and Head Gardener at Chanticleer, will give us a virtual tour of one of the most artistic public gardens in America.  This garden, located in Wayne, PA, is an ever-evolving pleasure garden designed to delight all the senses in every season.  His book, The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques, will be available at Elm Street Books.  Zoom Webinar 9:30 – 11:30AM.   Click here to view a recording of this program.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021:  "The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden"  Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author.  He specializes in highly aesthetic gardens while reducing maintenance through design.  His book, The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, will be available at Elm Street Books.  Zoom Webinar 9:30-11:30AM.  Click here to view a recording of this program.


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Wednesday, March 3, 2021:  “Successful Hydrangeas” Lorraine Ballato is a professional horticulturist, lecturer, writer, photographer and instructor who will share with us everything we need to know about growing "foolproof" hydrangeas. Her latest book, Success with Hydrangeas: A Gardener's Guide, will be available at Elm Street Books.  Zoom Webinar 9:30-11:30AM.  Click here to register. (Please note this program will not be recorded to view at a later date.)


Wednesday, April 14, 2021: "Heroes of Horticulture".

Hosted by the New Canaan Garden Club, Barbara Paul Robinson, Garden Conservancy director emeritus and noted author and lecturer, will speak to both the Garden Club and the New Canaan Beautification League.  She will introduce us to the subject of her recent book, Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape.  Zoom Webinar 9:30-11:30AM.  Click here to register.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021: “Welcome Home George Washington: Mount Vernon's Gardens” Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at Mount Vernon, will present an entertaining look at the gardening world of the first U.S. President.  He will explore the beauty, use and importance of Mount Vernon's gardens and landscape, as well as the preservation efforts and the recently restored pleasure garden.  Two books, The General in the Garden and Dining with the Washingtons, will be available at Elm Street Books.   Zoom Webinar 9:30–11:30AM.  Click here to register 


Wednesday: June 2, 2021:  Members Annual Meeting - “The Cocktail Hour Garden”
C.L. Fornari, Cape Cod based author and garden designer, will inspire us to create evening landscapes for relaxation and entertaining.  Her latest book, The Cocktail Hour Garden, will be available at Elm Street Books.  Cheers!  Open to NCBL Members only.

Zoom Webinar 9:30-11:30AM.



Program Chairs are Kirsten Gregorio, Jolley Frank, Nancy Malling, Aoife Maynard, and Ty Tan.

Monthly meetings open to the public and free of charge unless announced otherwise in the monthly newsletter or website. Members are encouraged to invite a guest.

More information is available in the monthly newsletter. Your program ideas are welcome!