Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday, April 29th at BOOK CLUB

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Good Spring Morning Everyone,

Just a heads-up, the BOOK CLUB Bookstore, 869 Sullivan Avenue (United Bank Plaza), South Windsor, CT is holding their grand opening celebration this Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

We hope you will swing by to say hello, visit my showcase at the bookstore, and learn about the store’s many offerings.

I will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding my workshops, plant gifts, and container garden installations.

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A Happy Customer with New Bert’s Birdhouse for her garden!

Available Today

Seeds by Hudson Valley – 100% Certified Organic

Houseplant Gifts of Small Carry Sizes

Succulents and Cacti

Bert’s Birdhouses – Now on Stakes!

Terrarium Showcases

Terrarium DIY Kits (underway – hope to have at the Grand Opening)

Workshop Flyers

Micro-greens Starter Kits

Workshop Gift Cards – Perfect for Mother’s Day

Seed Sowing Kits (underway – hope to have at the Grand Opening)

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Beautiful single Soft Succulents in Stock today!


I plan to hold a lunch time hour soon to repeat my free Cathy T’s 5 Must Do’s for Container Gardening demonstration for those who missed it last weekend on Earth Day – please stay tuned for available dates and locations.

May 4 – Micro-greens demonstration at the bookstore

May 13, 17, 20 – Container Gardening Workshops (3 venues this season for you to choose from). Registrations are now open.

May 25 – Basic Seed Starting at the bookstore (and I plan to offer this demonstration during a lunch hour earlier this month as well – location TBD.)



Be sure to visit to learn of this year’s plant theme and all the details of our upcoming May Container Gardening Workshops. I’m very excited to continue offering this annual hands-on workshop for all my attendees and new friends.

Thank you for supporting small businesses in our local areas!

We couldn’t make it without you – I appreciate everyone’s recent visits and hope you will be visiting on Saturday, 4/29, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, if you haven’t popped in yet.

Thank you,

Cathy Testa

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Hudson Valley Seeds 100% Organic Seeds are in stock – Kits are Coming!






Cool wet morning

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On this cool, wet rainy morning, I’d like to post a few quick reminders of items on the gardening agenda:

Painting on Silk

My next DIY Class offering is scheduled on Tuesday, February 21st, 5:30 pm.  A complete description is available via the DIY Classes link on this blog.  Hope you will join us as this is a rare opportunity to learn an amazing technique of dyeing fabrics with the world of nature’s colors by an talented guest artist, and she is local to Broad Brook, CT.

Following this class, next on list is a topic focused on “Garden Maintenance.”  Save the date: March 22nd.  I’ve invited a Master Gardener who does strictly garden maintenance as a job “every day.”  She will be sharing lots of tips and advice.  Learn from someone who is offering hands-on experience and guidance on the how-to’s of garden maintenance.  See DIY Classes.

Cathy T’s Garden Talks

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at Our Savior Lutheran Church in South Windsor, CT this week.  Such a wonderful group attended with much enthusiasm for gardening, and yummy desserts following my presentation on Container Gardening with a special focus on color and textures with the how-to’s included.  One attendee told me afterwards she had never seen someone speak about plants in containers the way I did.  Let’s just say, I get passionate about it.  This talk is scheduled again on March 20th, Tuesday at “Stir The Pot” in East Windsor, CT and April 17, Tuesday at Hall Memorial Library in Ellington, CT.  See the CALENDAR link on this blog for more details.  We’d love to see you there.

CT Flower and Garden Show

I can’t believe this show is starting next week already!  Held at the Hartford Convention Center in downtown Hartford on Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th.  Whether you are an avid gardener or not, you will enjoy the show full of inspiration from many people in the business and garden lovers.  And if you are local to my hometown, or nearby, and would like to join the carpool ride I’m arranging with breakfast included, see my CALENDAR link on this blog for the details.  When you go to the show, don’t overlook the seminar speakers held on the upper level of the convention center, called the Ballroom Floor.  Seminars are held all day as part of your entrance ticket to the show.  Some folks overlook this benefit of the show’s offerings because they don’t realize they are happening above the main show floor filled with landscape and gardening displays.  The speaker list is amazing. See and click on SEMINARS for the listing of speakers and times.

Philadephia Flower Show

And right after that – I head to Philadelphia for their flower show in early March.  This when the inspiration will kick into high gear.  Oh yah, Longwood Gardens – I want to see that too.  Well, better go – much to prepare for!  See this link for more on Philly:

Have a great weekend, Cathy T