Garden Club Talks 2015


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This page lists upcoming Garden Talks on the 2015 Schedule:

February 2015

Incorporating Edibles in Mixed Container Gardens – The rise of using edibles in container gardens continues!  Hear Cathy T share examples of how to use various decorative edibles in your container gardens.  This talk includes her “5 Must Do’s” and information about past and present trends in the horticulture growing industry.

February 9, 2015 @11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Farmington Garden Club
Farmington Main Library, 6 Monterth Drive, Farmington, CT


Once a Month – Spring through Fall

Cathy T Walk & Talk Home Gardens – Stay tuned to see the schedule of home gardens tours we will be offering in 2015 as part of the Walk & Talk home series. Very informal, free to attend, and best of all – inspiring! Want to share your beautiful garden, big or small, messy or not – learn more by clicking Walk and Talk on the menu bar.

Dates Planned for 2015:

July 11th – Saturday – A Vegetable Garden in the Country – Willington, CT

July 18 – Saturday – Sweeping Beds and Berms for Water Management – Simsbury, CT


Speaking Engagements – Topics Available for 2015

Interested in having Cathy T speak for your organization, garden club, women’s club, farmers market, or group?  Feel free to contact her. Current presentation topics include:

Plant Care: The 5 Must Do’s for Growth Success – Why is this so important? Because it doesn’t make sense to loose healthy plants in your container gardens from lack of appropriate care, and it is not complicated once you see Cathy T’s 5 Must Do’s for Growth Success talk and demo. For details, contact Cathy T at or 860-977-9473.

The Tools: How to Design Using Some Unconventional Tools – Do you know which tools you have available to you to create amazing and stunning container gardens and patio pots?  Cathy T shares six critical tools you may not be aware of and how to use them to maximize your own inner designer intuition to create design compositions for your containers.

The Placement: How to Place Container Gardens in the Garden – Pots and Containers definitely enhance your outdoor living space, are easy, and fast to put together, and may also be used in a variety of ways in your garden as focal points, design elements – even functional art! This talk discusses how you can use pots and containers to enhance the scene and correlates to the Six Principles of Great Design.

The Plants: A Plant Review of Container Garden Plants utilized by Cathy T from past to present – Nothing works better than true experience, and in this talk, Cathy previews many plants she has ordered and used for container garden installs, what worked really well – and what didn’t.

Unusual Plants and Edibles: A Recap of Plants used in Container Gardens which You May Not Expect – Ornamental Cannabis, Tobacco, and Other oddities – These ideas may not be so odd in our growing world of how trends and desires are changing.  We are seeing a rise in “Smoke Your Own” and “Grow Your Own” edibles.  Don’t worry, not talking illegal, but how trends are affecting the choices you may have available some day in the future for unusual or odd plants, along with really cool edibles.

Extending the Season: How do you make container gardens last into late fall, and how to dress them up during the winter season.  Learn how Cathy T has developed some creative ideas and the tools she used to make container gardens last or change for seasonal events.

To contact Cathy T to schedule any of the above modules and obtain speaking fee information for your next gathering, you may email: or call (860) 977 – 9473 today!  Or join this blog as a “follower” – and you will get automatic email updates immediately as they are posted.


April 25th – Making your Own Ecletic Wind Chimes with Guest Artist, Laura Sinsigallo of “timeflies by lauralie”

Save the date, April 25th, 2015.  A very special guest speaker and talented artist, Laura Sinsigallo, owner of timefliesbylauralie, will be showing attendees how to make gorgeous eclectic wind chimes. Save the date now on your calendars.  It is a perfect fun opportunity to start off early spring!  Class Location:  Broad Brook, CT

Laura Sinsigallo is a local artist that has always loved being creative. She creates mixed-media art, including but not limited to painting, folk art and jewelry. Laura enjoys going to flea markets where she finds vintage and interesting treasures incorporated into her art work. Her latest endeavor was to make wind chimes out of a variety of pieces accumulated over the years. These wind chimes are eclectic, colorful and fun. You may find Laura Sinsigallo’s art work at the Window Box in Stafford; and at Swiftwaters Artisan Cooperative in Willimantic; . Laura is a member of the Windham Regional Arts Council. Search for Laura on Facebook by searching timeflies by lauralie or e-mail is


May 16 and 23 – The Big Container Garden Workshops
Theme this year:  Perennials with Power!

The 2nd Annual Big Container Garden Workshop will be held on two dates this season, Saturday, May 16th and May 23rd, 2015 in Broad Brook, CT at Cathy T’s Outdoor Classroom. Save the Date.  Details will be posted soon.  Class fee and Cost of Plants applies.


June – Strong Family Farm, Vernon, CT

Save the date, June 6th, 2015.  Cathy T will be speaking on Container Gardening at the Strong Family Farm.  Details will be shared soon!  Class Location:  At the farm in Vernon, CT


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Thank you.

Cathy Testa


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