Where I’m at in 2018

Lots of fun destinations coming up in early 2018 both near and far. Check out this itinerary, bet I’ll be coming to a town near you sometime in the future. In the meantime, link with me on Facebook at Plantwise by Tovah Martin. More information on the lectures can be found at www.tovahmartin.com.

Photo © Kindra Clineff

 

January 5, 2018 ~ 11:00 AM ~ 12:30 Central Time
Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) The Larry Meiller Show
Talk show topic: Happily Ever After: Caring for Holiday Houseplants
Tune in! Call in!

February 24, 2018 ~ 12:30 PM
Connecticut Flower Show ~ Hartford, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: The Garden in Every Sense and Season
Book signing

March 6, 2018 ~ 2:00 PM
Loomis Village ~ S. Hadley, MA
Lecture topic ~ Terrarium lecture & Workshop
Book signing

March 15, 2018 ~ 2:00 PM
Litchfield Garden Club ~ Litchfield, CT
Lecture topic ~ Terrarium Workshop
Book signing

March 17, 2018 ~ 12:30 PM
NH Master Gardeners Spring Conference ~ Manchester, NH
Lecture topic ~ to be arranged
Book signing

March 25, 2018 ~ 12:00 noon & 2:00 PM
Capital District Garden & Flower Show ~ Albany, NY
Lecture topics ~ 12:00 noon: New!!! Boot Camp for Your Senses
2:00 PM ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us
New book signing!

April 7, 2018 ~ 2:00 PM
Minor Memorial Library ~ Roxbury, CT
Lecture topic ~ New!!! Boot Camp for Your Senses with a Smellathon
New book signing!

April 10, 2018 ~ 1:00 PM
Barrington Garden Club ~ Barrington, RI
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

April 14, 2018 ~ 10:00 AM
Torrington Master Gardeners ~ Torrington, CT
Lecture topic ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us
Book signing

April 18, 2018 ~ 6:30 PM
Granby Public Library ~ Granby, CT
Lecture topic ~Boot Camp for the Senses: Spring
Book signing

April 19, 2018 ~ 1:00 PM
Westport Garden Club ~ Westport, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses
New book signing!

April 28, 2018 ~ 11:00 AM
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies ~ Millbrook, NY
Garden Conservancy Open Days Digging Deeper Event
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses ~ Spring
New book signing!

May 3, 2018 ~ 6:30 PM
New Haven Master Gardeners ~ New Haven, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: The Garden in Every Sense and Season
New book signing!

May 9, 2018 ~ 11:00 AM
Stonington Garden Club ~ Stonington, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses ~ Spring
Book signing

May 15, 2018 ~ 7:00 PM
Woodbridge Town Library ~ Woodbridge, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses
New book signing!

May 19, 2018 ~ 3:00 PM
Rocky Hills ~ Mt. Kisco, NY
Garden Conservancy Digging Deeper Event
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses Live Experience!!!
New book signing!

May 20, 2018 ~ 1:00 PM
Tower Hill Botanic Garden ~ Boylston, MA
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses
New book signing!

June 1, 2018 ~ evening
Hollister House Garden ~ Washington, CT
Barn talk: Plug In your Senses at Hollister House with garen tour
New book signing

June 2, 2018 ~ 3:00 PM
Glenn Hillman’s Garden ~ Litchfield, CT
Garden Conservancy Expert in the Garden Event
Lecture topic ~ Ornamental Herbs
New book signing!

June 9, 2018 ~ 10:00 AM
White Flower Farm ~ Morris, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses
New Book signing

June 10, 2018 ~ 2:00 PM
Florence Griswold Museum ~ Old Lyme, CT
GardenFest 2018!
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses
New book signing

June 30, 2018 ~ 10:00 AM
The Fells ~ Newbury, NH
Lecture topic ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us ~ 10:00 AM
Senses Training Tour of the Garden ~ 11:00 AM
New book

July 11, 2018 ~ 6:00-7:00 PM
July 12, 2018 ~ 10:00-11:00 AM
Peabody Essex Museum ~ Salem, MA
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: Live in the Ropes Mansion Garden
New book signing

August 3, 2018 ~ 6:00-8:00 PM
Hotchkiss Library Summer Book Signing ~ Sharon, CT
New book signing

August 16, 2018 ~ 12:00 noon
Pawling Garden Club ~ Pawling, NY
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for the Senses: Summer
New book signing

August 25, 2018 ~ 10:00 AM
Homestead Gardens ~ Davidson, MD
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Book signing

August 26, 2018 ~ 1:00 PM
Homestead Gardens ~ Severna Park, MD
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

August 30, 2018 ~ 3:00 PM
Mohonk Mountain House ~ New Paltz, NY
Garden Holiday
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for Your Senses: Summer

September 7, 2018 ~ 10:30 AM
Marblehead Club of Small Gardens ~ Marblehead, MA
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: Autumn
Book signing

September 16, 2018 ~ 3:00 PM
Essex Library ~ Essex, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: Autumn
Book signing

September 20, 2018 ~ 10:00 AM
Ladew Topiary Gardens ~ Monkton, MD
Lecture topic ~ to be arranged
Book signing

September 22, 2018 ~ 4:00 PM
Roeliff Jansen Library ~ Hillsdale, NY
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: Autumn

September 26, 2018 ~ 6:00 PM
Hadlyme Hall Garden Club ~ Hadlyme, CT
Lecture topic ~ Putting Perennials Through their Paces
Book signing

October 10, 2018 ~ 7:00 PM
Woodbridge Town Library ~ Woodbridge, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for Your Senses: Autumn
New Book signing!

October 16, 2018 ~ 1:00 PM
North Castle Public Library ~ Armonkm NY
Lecture topic ~ Tea & Garden Conservation: Boot Camp for your Senses: Autumn
New Book Signing!

October 25, 2018 ~ 7:00 PM
Connecticut Horticultural Society ~ West Hartford, CT
Lecture topic~ Boot Camp for your Senses: Autumn
Book signing

November 6, 2018 ~ 10:00 AM
Boggestow Garden Club ~ Sherborn, MA
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

November 7, 2018 ~ time to be arranged
Ecological Landscape Alliance ~ Season’s End Summit ~ N. Grafton, MA
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: Autumn
Book signing

December 7, 2018 ~ 11:00-12:30 Central Time
Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) The Larry Meiller Show
Talk Show topic: Putting the Winter Garden on the Map Outdoors and Indoors
Tune in!

December 12, 2018 ~ 1:00-3:00 PM
Stamford Master Gardeners ~ Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT
Lecture topic ~The New Terrarium
Book signing

March 3, 2019 ~ Meet & Greet ~ 1:45 PM
Lecture ~ 3:00 PM
Philadelphia Flower Show
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for Your Senses: Spring
Book signing

March 4, 2019 ~ 11:30 AM
Philadelphia Flower Show
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

March 12, 2019 ~ 10:00 AM
Pomperaug Valley Garden Club ~ Woodbury, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Garden in Every Sense and Season
Book signing

March 18, 2019 ~ 1:00 PM
Garden Club of Madison ~ Madison, NJ
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: Spring
Book signing

March 23, 2019 ~ 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM
Chicago Flower Show ~ Chicago, IL
Lecture topic ~ 11:30 AM Boot Camp for Your Senses: Spring
~ 2:30 PM The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

March 28, 2019 ~ time to be arranged
Portsmouth NH Symposium ~ location to be arranged
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for Your Senses: Spring
Book signing

April 2, 2019 ~ 12:45 PM
The Garden Club of Hartford ~ Hartford, CT
Lecture topic ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us
Book signing

April 4, 2019 ~ 9:30 AM
Amherst Garden Club ~ Amherst, NH
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for Your Senses
Book signing

April 10, 2019 ~ time to be arranged
Gardener’s Day: Women Gardeners of Ridgewood ~ Ridgewood, NJ
Lecture topic ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us
Book signing

May 3, 2019 ~ 1:00 PM
Southbury Garden Club ~ Southbury, CT
Lecture topic ~Boot Camp for Your Senses: Spring
Book signing

September 19, 2019 ~ 6:30 PM
Fellows Riverside Garden at Mill Creek MetroPark ~ Youngstown, OH
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

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Where I’m At In 2017

Lots of fun destinations coming up in early 2016 both near and far. Check out this itinerary, bet I’ll be coming to a town near you sometime in the future. In the meantime, link with me on Facebook at Plantwise by Tovah Martin. More information on the lectures can be found at www.tovahmartin.com.

Photo © Kindra Clineff

 

 

January 21, 2017 ~ 1:00-3:00 PM
Berkshire Botanical Garden ~ W. Stockbridge, MA
Lecture topic ~ Getting through the Winter with Begonias
(Part of a Houseplant Bonanza program)
Book signing

January 28, 2017 ~ 2:00-3:00 PM
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library ~ Monroe, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

February 13, 2017 ~ 11:00 AM
Wilton Garden Club ~ Wilton, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

February 14, 2017 ~ 9:00 AM
Rusticus Garden Club ~ Bedford, NY
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

February 26, 2017 ~ 1:00 PM
Morris County Farms ~ Denville, NJ
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

March 7, 2017 ~ 11:45 AM
Woodbridge Garden Club ~ Woodbridge, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Terrarium-making demonstration
Book signing

March 28, 2017 ~ time to be arranged
Oxford Garden Club ~ Oxford, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

April 1, 2017 ~ 10:00 AM – noon
Litchfield County Advanced Master Gardeners ~ Torrington, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Terrarium-making demonstration
Book signing

April 3, 2017 ~ 10:00 AM
Shelton Garden Club ~ Shelton, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Book signing

April 8, 2017 ~ 1:00 PM
Minor Memorial Library ~ Roxbury, CT
Tentative Lecture topic ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us

April 20, 2017 ~ 1:15 PM
Federated Garden Club of NYState Regional Meeting ~
Ghent, NY
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

April 22, 2017 ~ Snow Date! 10:00 AM-noon
Litchfield County Advanced master Gardeners ~ Torrington, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Terrarium-making demonstration
Book signing

April 26, 2017 ~ evening time to be arranged
Belmont Garden Club ~ Belmont, MA
Lecture topic ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us
Book signing

May 22, 2017 ~ 11:00 AM
Wilton Garden Club ~ Wilton, CT
Lecture Topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

July 19, 2017 ~ evening lecture, time to be arranged
Master Gardeners of Pittsburgh ~ Phipps Conservatory
Lecture topic ~ Trowels $ Tomorrow: Garden Stewardship
Book signing

July 20, 2017 ~ day of 3 lectures
Summer Short Course ~ Phipps Conservatory
Lecture topics ~ Gardening for the Five Senses
The Unexpected Houseplant
Gardening as if the World Depends On Us
Book signing

July 25, 2017 ~ 7:00 PM
Peabody Essex Museum ~ Salem, MA
Lecture topic ~ Gardening as if the World Depends On Us
Book signing

August 29, 2017 ~ 11:00 AM ~ Lecture Garden Stewardship
2:00 PM ~ Herb tiara Workshop
4:00 PM ~ Leading the Maypole Dance!
Mohonk Mountain House ~ New Paltz, NY
Garden Holiday lecture (and leading the Maypole Dance!)
lecture topic ~ Garden Stewardship
Wprkshop ~ Making an Herb Garland Crown (or tiara)
Book signing

September 13, 2017 ~ 1:30 PM
Norwalk Garden Club ~ Norwalk, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

September 24, 2017 ~ 2:00 PM
Long Island Horticultural Society ~ Planting Fields, LI, NY
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Book signing

October 5, 2017 ~ 7:00 PM
Lewisboro Garden Club ~ South Salem, NY
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

October 19, 2017 ~ 9:45 AM
Fort Orange Garden Club ~ Albany, NY
Lecture topic ~ Begonia Intensive
Book signing

November 8, 2017 ~ 10:30 AM
Rye Garden Club ~ Rye, NY
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

December 12, 2017 ~ 7:45 PM
North Shore Garden Club ~ Manchester, MA
Lecture topic ~ Trowels & Tomorrow: Garden Stewardship
Book signing

February 24, 2018 ~ time to be arranged
Connecticut Flower Show ~ Hartford, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: The Garden in Every Sense and Season
Book signing

March 15, 2018 ~ 2:00 PM
Litchfield Garden Club ~ Litchfield, CT
Lecture topic ~ Terrarium Workshop
Book signing

March 17, 2018 ~ time to be arranged
NH Master Gardeners ~ Manchester, NH
Lecture topic ~ to be arranged
Book signing

March 25, 2018 ~ 12:00 noon & 2:00 PM
Capital District Garden & Flower Show ~ Albany, NY
Lecture topics ~ 12:00 noon: New!!! Boot Camp for Your Senses
2:00 PM ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us
New book signing!

April 10, 2018 ~ 1:00 PM
Barrington Garden Club ~ Barrington, RI
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

May 3, 2018 ~ 6:30 PM
New Haven Master Gardeners ~ New Haven, CT
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses: The Garden in Every Sense and Season
New book signing!

May 9, 2018 ~ 11:00 AM
Stonington Garden Club ~ Stonington, CT
Lecture topic ~ to be arranged
Book signing

June 10, 2018 ~ 2:00 PM
Florence Griswold Museum ~ Old Lyme, CT
GardenFest 2018!
Lecture topic ~ Boot Camp for your Senses
New book signing

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Where I’m At 2016

terrarium_wise_2015Sorry to be off the blog, but you can link with me via Facebook: plantswise-by-Tovah-Martin. Or you can catch up with me on the road. I’m doing LOTS of lectures in the next few months. Hope to link up with you on one of these junkets

January 20, 2016 ~ 6:30 PM
Suburban Garden Club ~ Cheshire, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing
For more information:www.cheshiregardeners.org

January 30, 2016 ~ 10:00 AM
Berkshire Botanical Garden ~ West Stockbridge, MA
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing and containerscape demonstration

February 6, 2016 ~ 3:00 PM
Kent Memorial Library ~ Kent, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

February 8, 2016 ~ 11:00 AM
Wilton Garden Club ~ Wilton, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

February 18, 2016 ~ 6:30 PM
Gunn Memorial Library ~ Washington, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

February 19, 2016 ~ 2:00 PM
CT Flower Show ~ Hartford, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

February 24, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM
Eleish Van Breems ~ Westport, CT
Lecture topic ~ Nordic by Nature: Accessing your Inner Gardener
Demonstration and book signing

March 6, 2016 ~ 6:00 PM
Philadelphia Flower Show ~ Philadelphia, PA
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

March 12, 2016 ~ 10:00 AM
Germantown Garden Club & Library ~ Germantown, NY
Lecture topic ~ Trowels & Tomorrow: Garden Stewardship
Book signing

March 16, 2016 ~ 1:30 PM
Boston Flower Show ~ Boston MA
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

March 19, 2016 ~ 2:00 PM
Master Gardeners of St. Clair Symposium ~ Port Huron, MI
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

March 20, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM
Goldner Walsh Nursery ~ Pontiac, MI
Lecture topic ~ to be arranged

April 9, 2016 ~ 11:30 AM luncheon
American Association of University Women ~ Aqua Turf, Plantsville, CT
Brief presentation ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

April 14, 2016 ~ 6:00 PM
Burlington Public Library & Garden Club ~ Burlington, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Book signing

April 26, 2016 ~ 9:30 AM
Ridgefield Garden Club ~ Ridgefield, CT
Lecture topic ~ Garden Stewardship
Book signing

May 1, 2016 ~ 2:00 PM
Lori Warner Studio ~ Chester, CT
Lecture topic ~ Terrarium Workshop
Book signing

May 11, 2016 ~ 12:00 noon
Easton Garden Club ~ Easton, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium with demonstration
Book signing

May 16, 2016 ~ 11:00 AM
Wilton Garden Club ~ Wilton, CT
Lecture topic ~ Trowels and Tomorrow: Garden Stewardship
Book signing

June 5, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM
Greenfield Garden Club ~ Greenfield, MA
Lecture topic ~ The new Terrarium lecture abd workshop
Held at Brandt House B & B (http://www.brandthouse.com/index.html)
Book signing and refreshments (accompanied by musician Michael Nix)

June 15, 2016 ~ evening lecture to be arranged
Garden Club Federation of Maine Convention ~ Bar Harbor, ME
Lecture topic ~ Gardening for the 5 Senses
Smellathon and book signing

June 17, 2016 ~ 10:00-12:00 AM AM
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden Symposium ~ Boothbay, ME
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

August 20, 2016 ~ 3:00 PM
Garden Conservancy Open Day at Jenny Lee Hughes Garden ~ Stoddard, NH
Lecture topic ~ Nostril Chronicles: A Nose’s Tour of the Garden
Lecture in the garden ~ Fragrant tour of the garden ~ Smellathon
Book signing

September 7, 2016 ~ 7:00 PM
Nashua Garden Club ~ Nashua, NH
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

October 8, 2016 ~ 2:00 PM
Manchester Garden Club ~ Manchester, CT
Lecture topic ~ to be arranged
Book signing

October 12, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM
Leete’s Island and Guilford Garden Clubs joint meeting ~ Guilford, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

October 17, 2016 ~ 6:00 PM
Longmeadow Garden Club ~ Longmeadow, MA
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

October 20, 2016 ~ 10:00 AM
Weston Garden Club ~ Weston, MA
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

October 22, 2016 ~ 2:00 PM
Kent Memorial Library ~ Kent, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Book signing

November 10, 2016 ~ 3:45-4:45 PM
Burnham Elementary School ~ Bridgewater, CT
ASAP! Program: Terrarium Workshop for Children

December 4, 2016 ~ 4:00 PM
Hotchkiss Library ~ Sharon, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

December 16, 2016 ~ 11:00 AM ~ 12:30 Central Time
Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) The Larry Meiller Show
Talk Show topic: Houseplants! (exact topic to be arranged)
Tune in!

December 18, 2016 ~ 2:00  PM
Long Island Horticultural Society ~ Planting Fields, LI, NY
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Book signing

January 21, 2017 ~ 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Berkshire Botanical Garden ~ W. Stockbridge, MA
Lecture topic ~ Getting through the Winter with Begonias
(Part of a Houseplant Bonanza program)
Book signing

January 28, 2017 ~ 2:00-3:00 PM
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library ~ Monroe, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructibe Houseplant
Book Signing

February 13, 2017 ~ 11:00 AM
Wilton Garden Club ~ Wilton, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

February 26, 2017 ~ 1:00 PM
Morris County Farms ~ Denville, NJ
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant
Book signing

March 7, 2017 ~ 11:45 AM
Woodbridge Garden Club ~ Woodbridge, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Terrarium-making demonstration
Book signing

April 1, 2017 ~ 10:00 AM-noon
Litchfield County Advanced Master Gardeners ~ Torrington, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Terrarium-making demonstration
Book signing

April 3, 2017 ~ 10:00 AM
Shelton Garden Club ~ Shelton, CT
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium
Book signing

April 8, 2017 ~ 1:00 PM
Minor Memorial Library ~ Roxbury, CT
Tentative Lecture topic ~ Gardening as if the World Depends on Us

April 20, 2017 ~ time to be arranged
Federated Garden Club of NYState Regional Meeting ~  location to be arranged
Lecture topic ~ to be arranged
Book signing

September 13, 2017 ~ 1:30 PM
Norwalk Garden Club ~ Norwalk, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Indestructible Houseplant
Book signing

 

 

 

 

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Winter Lecture Schedule

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What you need right now is some sparkle. How about a sparkle plus some plants? That equals =  a terrarium. Come join me at lecture on that topic! This winter, I’ve got terrarium and houseplant lectures scheduled in many towns. Check them out!

December 5, 2013 ~ 1:00 PM
Goshen Garden Club ~ Torrington Country Club, Torrington, CT
Annual Holiday Luncheon
Lecture topic ~ Terrariums & You “Small Worlds”

December 6, 2013 ~ 1:00 PM
Stonington Historical Society~Capt. Palmer House, Stonington, CT
Lecture topic ~ Terrariums & Wardian Cases
Wardian case planting demonstration and book signing
For more information: <a href=”http://www.stoningtonhistorical.org”>www.stoningtonhistorical.org</a>

January 15, 2014 ~ 9:00 AM
New Canaan Garden Club ~ New Canaan, CT
Lecture topic ~ Houseplants and Begonias

January 25, 2014 ~ 4:00 PM
Salisbury Library ~ Salisbury, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant

February 6, 2014 ~ 1:00 PM
West Hartford Garden Club ~ West Hartford, CT
Lecture topic ~ Infusing the Garden with Personality

February 12, 2014 ~ 7:00 PM
Town & Country Garden Club of Newtown ~ Sandy Hook, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant

February 20, 2014 ~ 3:30 PM
Connecticut Flower & Garden Show ~ Hartford, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant

February 25, 2014 ~ time to be arranged
Talbot Garden Club ~ Easton, Maryland
Lecture topic ~ Terrariums & You

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Autumn 2013 Lecture Schedule

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I’m headed on the road this autumn and giving lectures hither and yon. Want to learn all about houseplants or terrariums and watch me do a demonstration? Come to a lecture near you!

September 9, 2013 ~ 1:30 PM
House & Garden Club at Oronoque Village ~ Stratford, CT
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant

September 11, 2013 ~ 1:00 PM
Kingston Hill Gardeners fundraiser ~ South Kingston, RI
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant

September 19, 2013 ~ 11:45 AM
Wollaston Garden Club ~ Quincy, MA
Lecture topic ~ The New Terrarium

September 20, 2013 ~ 10:00 AM
Danbury Garden Club ~ Danbury, CT
Lecture topic ~ Gardening for the 5 Senses

October 5, 2013 ~ 11:00 AM
Fairchild-Nichols Library ~ Trumbull, CT
Lecture topic ~ Terrariums & You

October 17, 2013 ~ 10:30 AM
The Garden Club of Buzzards Bay ~ Dartmouth, MA
Lecture topic ~ Houseplants and Terrariums

November 12, 2013 ~ 10:00 AM
Noanett Garden Club ~ Dedham/Dover MA
Lecture topic ~ The Unexpected Houseplant

November 19, 2013 ~ 10:00 AM
Landscape Design Council ~ Wellesley, MA
Lecture topic ~ Putting Perennials through their Paces

November 20, 2013 ~ 9:30 AM
North Shore Garden Club ~ Beverly Farms, MA
Lecture topic ~ to be arranged

December 5, 2013 ~ 1:00 PM
Goshen Garden Club ~ Torrington Country Club, Torrington, CT
Annual Holiday Luncheon
Lecture topic ~ Terrariums & You “Small Worlds”

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NEWSFLASH!!!!

I was on the Martha Stewart Show today making terrariums! The segment will be rerunning on the Hallmark Channel on Feb. 3rd at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (12:00 noon Central Time).

As soon as I have a link, I’ll get it up for you. It was supreme fun and I am deeply humbled by the entire crew. What creativity! What an awesome experience!

photograph copyrighted by Kindra Clineff

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Terrarium Lecture & Workshop Schedule

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Talk about fulfilling. Everyone succeeds at a terrarium workshop. This is a rewarding make-and-take where you bring home your own small world. Or come to a lecture and see a terrarium-making demonstration so you can do the dirty work at home.

Tovah does terrarium lectures and workshops throughout the country. Here’s where you can find and join her in the upcoming months:

  • Sept 17, 2011 ~ 1:00 – 3:00 PM: Spruce Home and Garden ~ New Milford, CT ~ Terrarium demonstration ~ go to www.sprucehomeandgarden.com for more information.
  • October 2, 2011 ~ 11:00 AM: Linden Hill Gardens ~ Ottsville, PA ~ Terrarium workshop ~ go to www.lindehillgardens.com for more information.
  • November 7, 2011 ~ 11:45 AM: Garden Club of Greater New Haven ~ Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT ~ Terrarium lecture & workshop.
  • November 13, 2011 ~ 1:00 PM: Horticultural Society of Maryland ~ Vollmer Center ~ Baltimore, MD ~ Terrarium workshop ~ go to www.mdhorticulture.org
  • January 27, 2012: Callaway Gardens ~ Pine Mountain, GA ~ Terrarium workshop ~ go to www.callawaygardens.com
  • February 6, 2012 ~ 11:00 AM: Suffield Garden Club ~ Suffield, CT ~ Terrarium lecture and demonstration.
  • February 14, 2012 ~ 10:00 AM: Darien Garden Club ~ Terrarium lecture & demonstration.
  • March 15, 2012 ~ 12:00 noon: Bristol Garden Club ~ Bristol Public Library ~ Bristol, CT ~ Terrarium lecture & demonstration.
  • March 29 & 30, 2012: The Oregon Garden ~ Garden University ~ Silverton, OR ~ March 29: Terrarium Lecture ~ March 30: Terrarium Workshop ~ go to www.oregongarden.org
  • August 13, 2012 ~ 10:00 AM ~ Millbrook Garden Club ~ Sharon Audubon Society ~ Sharon, CT ~ Terrarium lecture & demonstration.

In addition to terrarium workshops and lectures, Tovah is lecturing on many other subjects. For a complete list of upcoming lectures or to contact Tovah, please go to www.tovahmartin.com

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Terrarium Plants: The Little League

photograph copyright by Kindra Clineff

You’ve found that little glass venue of your dreams. The next step is purchasing plants to grow in your crystal kingdom. In their role as a little slice of nature contained, terrariums need something growing inside. No. Wait. That’s not sufficient. A terrarium needs something thriving inside. Actually, it needs a mini garden.

A lot of confusion swirls around appropriate plants for terrariums. I blame the magazines. How many times have you seen color glossies showing adorable little succulents tucked into terrariums? Maybe they lasted until the photo shoot was over. Maybe not. Trust me, succulents won’t work in a terrarium over the long haul. Succulents like dry, arid conditions. For the same reasons, cacti are doomed and so are most herbs and alpines.

What are the qualifying traits? Terrarium-worthy plants share an affinity for specific growing conditions. Here’s what they prefer:

  • They like high humidity
  • They prefer to grow in low light
  • They should remain dwarf

What are the easiest plants for a terrarium? Even if you have two brown thumbs, you will have success if you start with:

  • Ferns
  • Selaginella mosses

But as you become more adept, there are many other miniature tropical plants qualified for the job. Here’s a partial shopping list:

  • Rhizomatous begonias (miniature)
  • Members of the African violet family such as chiritas, African violets, streptocarpus, episcias
  • Ivies (miniature)
  • Muehlenbeckia complexa – maidenhair vine
  • Peperomias (dwarf)
  • Ficus pumila ‘Minima’ (creeping fig)
  • Miniature orchids
  • Paphiopedalums — miniature lady’s slipper orchids
  • Masdavallias
  • Bromeliads
  • Tillandsias — air plants
  • Tetranema — Mexican foxglove
  • Carnivorous plants
  • Viola hederacea — Tasmanian violet
  • Marantas – prayer plants
  • Neoregelia
  • Pileas
  • Coleus
  • Fittonia — nerve plants
  • Cyclamen
  • Mini hostas
  • Helxine — baby’s tears

Thinking of trying something else? Ask me if it works!  I’ve been making terrariums for many, many years — chances are that I can give you advice on whether a certain plant will work or not.

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Crystal Clear — Terrarium Containers

photograph copyright by Kindra Clineff

First step toward a terrarium is to find a container. No need to shell out the contents of your wallet. And no need to purchase an expensive unit. The beauty of terrariums is that you can make a small world without a big investment.

You could wander into a HomeGoods store or some such place and pick up a perfectly budget-priced sparkling sleek apothecary jar and it would do the job beautifully. Or how about rummaging in your basement, attic, garage, barn or wherever you stash yesterday’s castoffs and pull out a fishbowl, aquarium, cookie jar, or vase. Can’t find a lid? Fit a glass plate on top! In other words, rather than trying to shop for a terrarium — just enlist what you’ve got kicking around.

Wondering weather that cheese dish qualifies? Here are some suggestions to help you select:

  • Planting and maintenance of your terrarium will be so much easier if you can fit your gloved hand into the container in question.
  • A container with a base that is at least 3 inches wide will give you sufficient planting space to make it happen. Expand that base and you can feature a more complex small world.
  • For headroom, the height should be at least 6 inches to accommodate the base pebble/charcoal layer, the soil layer, and the plants. Deeper is better.
  • Clear glass works like a charm, but lightly tinted glass is also apropos, although you might have to position the terrarium a little closer to the light source for growing purposes.
  • Plastic is okay (especially for classroom use) but the sparkle will be dulled and the finished terrarium might require airing out more often.
  • If a container is open to the air, it will require watering more frequently than a closed terrarium.

So be creative and hunt around. Find a venue that expresses your inner mini gardener. Found something funky? Give it a try! What’s the worst that can happen?

Have questions? Ask away! I’m here for you.

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Small Worlds — Big Role

copyright Kindra Clineff from The New Terrarium

You started this. That’s right, back in 2009 when The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter) came out — you demanded workshops. It began with an inner city public school system inviting me to come and coach their librarians on the fundamentals of terrarium-building. Then those librarians returned to their urban schools and taught the teachers. And the teachers went back to the classrooms and before long their students were making terrariums. And pretty soon, peace and happiness prevailed across the land. At least — that’s the goal.

If everyone would make a terrarium, the world will be a less stressful place. If everyone would teach someone else to make a terrarium, we will all be one step closer to universal peace. You laugh. But it’s possible. Right? Anyway, it’s worth a try.

Look into a terrarium, and you become part of that miniature world. It soaks up all your stress. Thanks to that little glass-enclosed garden, nature is infused into your hectic day. And terrariums are capable of thriving where most plants are doomed — so they can go into the trenches. Because terrariums prefer low light and require very little maintenance, they’re perfect for the otherwise nature-bereft depths of our hyper-busy lives. Grow a terrarium in your office cubicle, bring it into the classroom, have it in your home. And every time you walk by your terrarium, give it a glance. See what I mean?

Now, share that moment with someone else. Teach someone to make a terrarium. Give a small green world (a world that can survive on autopilot, I might add) as a gift for a birthday, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter — whenever. Come to think of it — Why do you need an excuse? Just share the green. Give nature a chance. Pass it along…

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