New England

January, 2012
Regional Report


Oh, Deer!
If you garden where deer are plentiful, you know what a challenge it can be to maintain a landscape that doesn't just serve as a buffet for these four-footed browsers. 50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants by Ruth Rogers Clausen (Timber Press, 2011, $19.95) offers valuable advice on choosing plants less likely to be palatable to deer. A longtime Westchester County, NY (otherwise known as deer heaven) gardener, Clausen bases her advice on personal experience. She rates resistant plants on a scale of 7-10, with 7 denoting those that deer occasionally dine on for flowers, leaving foliage alone, to 10 for those plants that deer usually avoid altogether. Each deer-resistant selection includes a color photo, growing information, and design tips with suggestions for specific cultivars and attractive companions.

Shows & Events

Spring into the Garden Symposium
On Saturday, February 4, from 8:15 am to 4:00 pm, in Portland, CT, the Connecticut Horticultural Society (CHS) is offering a day-long symposium of practical gardening ideas and inspiration. Spring into the Garden features plant explorer, breeder, and Plant Delights Nursery owner Tony Avent as the keynote speaker, talking about residential design for plant collectors and what's new and exciting in the world of perennials. Also on the program are perennial gardening expert Kerry Ann Mendez talking about shade gardening and landscape designer and travel consultant Nan Stinton telling how to find the hidden gardens in your own backyard. Admission is $70 for CHS members; $80 for non-members and includes a box lunch. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. For more information and to register, visit or contact CHS at 860-529-8713 or

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