January 27, 2020

30th Anniversary Celebration in 2014

30th Anniversary Celebration in 2014
The Hardy Plant Club is an informal group of plant enthusiasts that was founded in 1984. We meet monthly, January to October, to visit gardens, take botanical excursions and attend lectures and slide shows on botanical and horticultural topics. Our focus is on hardy ornamental plants and on native plants and the habitats in which they grow. We have about 200 members.

    We publish a quarterly newsletter that contains articles on various plant-related topics as well as a schedule of events. We also have an Email List-serve to communicate with  members about upcoming events and issues.

   We have a plant sale in late summer at some interesting locale in northern Vermont with a wide variety of plants donated by our members and local nurseries. The proceeds of the sale go toward speaker fees and hall rentals, etc.

   We hold an annual meeting/potluck in October to review the year, to discuss future programs and to fill the positions of newsletter editor,  membership secretary, treasurer and program committee.

2020 Schedule of Events




Gardens and model railroad at annual Plant & Book Sale





                                                      Programs for 2020


February: Ecology of Northern White Cedar, An In-Depth Look.  Talk with Liz Thompson, Director of Conservation Science for The Vermont Land Trust, and co-author of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland.  Saturday, February 22, 10:30AM at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Talk is free, and open to the public.

March: CANCELLED  Ecosystem Science and Solutions (Video).  Video by Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home,  co-author of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home, and upcoming book Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard.  He is Chair of the University of Delaware Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Department.  Saturday, March 21, 10:30AM at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Dr. Tallamay's Video will be followed by a discussion on implementing his strategies.  Presentation is free, and open to the public.
Instead, the video may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrRJm-yLsQ8

April: The Soil Sponge: The Basic Infrastructure that Makes Life on Land Possible.  Talk by Didi Pershouse.  She is Chair and Director of Soil Carbon Coalition, author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities, and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function.  On-line: www.didipershouse.com .  Saturday, April 11, 1:30AM, at the Unitarian Church, 130 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Talk is free, and open to the public.  

May: Two separate events: nursery tour, and plant propagation workshop.

June: private single-garden tour featuring birches, rhododendrons, evergreens, and ground covers.

June or July: Botanical outing to wetland.  

August: Botanical outing to rich forest for ferns.  

August: Annual Plant and Book Sale, with Potluck.   

October: Annual Meeting




                                                                           
2019 botanical outing to Sandbar WMA


 To take part in these horticultural and botanical adventures join the


   Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont


   by e-mailing Robin at hardyplantclubvt@gmail.com


  Our dues are $10.00 per year
       




January 16, 2019



Zach Woods Herb Farm tour 2018


                                                             Programs for 2019

January: Historic Plants of Vermont: Plants Lost and Found.  Talk by State Botanist Aaron Marcus.
Saturday, January 26. Due to meeting space limitation, this talk is for members only.  Membership info is at the bottom of this page.

March: Invasive Crazy Snake Worms - An Update on Research and Controls.  Talk by Professor Josef Gorres of University of Vermont Plant and Soil Science Department.  Saturday, March 9, 2019, 11:00-12:30.  Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  See Articles of Interest for more information on this subject.  Free, and open to the public.

March: Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests.  Talk by Dr. Bill Keeton, Forest Ecology and Forestry professor at University of Vermont.  Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:00.  Montpelier Unitarian Church - vestry downstairs, 130 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Free, and open to the public.

April: The Designer's Way: Creating Landscapes - And a Life - of Beauty and Meaning.  Talk by landscape designer, author, and presenter Julie Moir Messervy.  Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 1:00.  Montpelier Unitarian Church - vestry downstairs, 130 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Free, and open to the public.

May: Two Spring gardens tour in Montpelier and Calais, VT.

June: Botanical Outing to cliffs near Lake Willoughby, Westmore, VT.

June: Two-part nursery tour featuring rhododendrons and mountain laurels in Hinesburg.

July: Garden Tour in Adamant//Calais, VT.

August: Tour of two Cut Flower Farms, Bethel, VT.

August: Annual Plant and Book Sale, with Pot Luck.  Huntington, VT.

September: Botanical Outing to Sandbar Wildlife Management Area, Milton, VT.

October: Annual Meeting, and Program: The Beth Chatto Gardens.




Clyde River Botanical Outing - 2018



  To take part in these horticultural and botanical adventures join the


   Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont


   by e-mailing Robin at hardyplantclubvt@gmail.com


  Our dues are $10.00 per year

January 10, 2018


Shelburne Farms garden tour 2017




Programs for 2018

January:  Epimediums: Jewels of the Shade.  Saturday, 1/20, at 1:30pm.  Talk by Karen Perkins of 
Garden Vision Nursery in Templeton, Massachusetts.  Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Open to the public.

February:  Botanizing Across Northern England.  Saturday, 2/24, at 1:30pm.  Talk by UVM botany professors Cathy Paris and Dave Barrington.  Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Open to the public.

March:  Whitetails and Woodlands: Seeking the Right Balance.  Deer Overabundance, Native Plants and Forest Regeneration in the Northeast.  Saturday, 3/31, at 1:30pm (note the date change).  Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Talk by botanist Tom Rawinski of the U.S. Forest Service.  Free and open to the public.  More information is in the Articles of Interest: Whitetails and Woodlands.

May:  Late-spring tour of two gardens in Montpelier.

June:  Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park outing in Hubbardton.

July: Herb Farm tour in Hyde Park.

August: Early August botany paddle on Clyde River in Charleston.  Late August botanical outing at
Mississiquoi National Wildlife Refuge.  Annual Plant and Book Sale.

September: Garden tour in Tunbridge.

October:  Annual Meeting with guest speaker.


Grass-of-parnassus and Kalm's Lobelia
at White River Ledges outing



        To take part in these horticultural and botanical adventures join the


   Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont


   by e-mailing Robin at hardyplantclubvt@gmail.com


  Our dues are $10.00 per year


January 21, 2017

Marshfield Garden Tour 2016


Programs for 2017

January: Wildflowers of the Grand Tetons.  Picture presentation by Sarah Salatino, owner of Full
Circle Gardens - a perennials nursery in Essex, VT.  Saturday, 1/28 at 1:30 pm, in the Hayes Room at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.  Open to the public.

February: Invasive Earthworms in our Gardens.  Talk by UVM soil scientist Prof. Josef Gorres.
Saturday, 2/25, 1:30 pm at the Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier, VT.  Open to the public.

March: Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll.  Illustrated talk by Suzanne Dworsky, landscape architect and photographer.  Saturday, 3/25, 1:30 pm.  Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street,
Montpelier, VT.  Open to the public.

June: visits to wholesale flower farm, and retail greenhouse.  Roxbury, VT

July: Garden tour in Johnson/Hyde Park, VT 

August: Botanical outing via boat on the Winooski River.

August: Plant and Book Sale.

September: Guided tour of Shelburne Farms.

September: Botanical outing to White River Ledges Natural Area.

October: Annual Meeting with guest speaker.  


Western Maidenhair Fern, Browns Ledges


        To take part in these horticultural and botanical adventures join the


   Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont


   by e-mailing Robin at hardyplantclubvt@gmail.com


  Our dues are $10.00 per year


January 16, 2016

Kate Brook Nursery tour 2015

                                                                 Programs for 2016

January: Azaleas and Rhododendrons: Investigation of  the Cold-Hardiness of Eastern North America Native Species - by UVM horticulture professor emeritus Norman Pellett.  Saturday 1/30, 10:30-12:30 at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.  Open to the public.

February: Two Weeks Botanizing in Washington State and a Special Trip to Vancouver Island, July 2015 - Cadys Falls co-owner Don Avery is the speaker. Saturday, 2/20, 1:00-3:00 at Waterbury Senior Center, 14 Stowe St., Waterbury.  Open to the public.

MarchNew Flora of Vermont Book Release - Author Art Gilman will talk on his new book.  Saturday, 3/19, 1:00-3:00 at the Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier.  Open to the public.

May: Spring Garden Tours in Jericho and Underhill, and Hinesburg.

June: Botanical Outing in Green Mt. National Forest in eastern Addison County.

July: Garden Tour in Marshfield and Calais.  Also, Invasive Worm show and tell in Huntington.  

August: Annual Plant and Book Sale.  Botanical outing in serpentine rock area.        

September: Nursery tour in Elmore

October: Annual Meeting



To take part in these horticultural and botanical adventures join the


   Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont


   by e-mailing Robin at hardyplantclubvt@gmail.com


  Our dues are $10.00 per year



January 10, 2015

UVM Pringle Herbarium tour, February 2014


PROGRAMS for 2015






January: Talk on incorporating Native Plants for Native Pollinators in the Landscape,
in Vergennes

February: Talk on Gardens of England and Scotland, in Montpelier

March: Talk on Vermont's Rare Plants; their status, threats, and successes,
in Montpelier

April: New England Wildflower Society's annual Northern Gardening Symposium
at VTC, in Randolph

May:  Spring wildflower walk, in Charlotte.

June: Rhododendron collection tour, and conifer nursery tour, in Wolcott

July: Botanical walk at Alburgh Dunes State Park.

August: Garden tour in Goshen.  Club's Annual Plant and Book Sale

October: Annual Meeting and get-together





 To take part in these horticultural and botanical adventures join the

   Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont

   by e-mailing Robin at hardyplantclubvt@gmail.com

  Our dues are $10.00 per year