Gardening Programs

Resources Related to Sustainable Landscaping, Pollinators, and Native and Invasive Plant Species

Craig Floyd, Farm Manager, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center—Coogan Farm Garden Tour, Mystic
Saturday, July 23, 2022, On-Site Program at Googan Farm, 10:30 a.m.
1.  Craig Floyd Garden Tour Supplemental Info & Introduction by Laura Norcia, Ledyard Public Library, Ledyard Seed Library Program Coordinator
Craig Floyd’s Resource List

Please see the following video segments from the July 23, 2022 Garden Tour. You may need to raise the volume on your phone or computer in order to hear the videos as some videos are farther away than others from the microphone recording.

2. Farmer Craig Introduction to Coogan Farm
3. Herb Garden Part 1
4. Herb Garden Part 2
5. Leaving the Herb Garden
6. Compost Pile
7. Viewing the Big Garden
8. Harvesting the Garden
9. What Can Farmer Craig Grow in the Garden?
10. Pruning
11. Tomatoes (to be uploaded)

Becoming an iNaturalist in Homegrown National Park: Creating Pollinator Pathways with Tim Wachtmann from Plantscapes of New England
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 6:30 p.m. Zoom Presentation with Introduction by Laura Norcia
Click Here for the Presentation by Tim Wachtmann
Click here for the Notes from the Presentation for “Becoming an iNaturalist in Homegrown National Park
Pollinator Pathways on Plantscapes of New England

Ray Hasson, UCONN Master Gardener, Invasives in Gardening, May 21, 2022
Invasives in Gardening
Book Recommendation:  “Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest” by Suzanne Simard
Available at Ledyard Public Library & in LION consortium

Presented by Dan Williams, Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor
Saturday, April 23, 2022, In-Person program, Bill Library, Ledyard Public Library
Click here for the Program Handouts

The New Lawn: Landscaping for Long Island Sound
Presented by Judy Preston, CT Sea Grant (UConn) & Long Island Sound Study
Saturday, March 26, 2022, In-Person program, Bill Library, Ledyard Public Library
Click Here for The New Lawn Presentation Slides
Judy Preston’s Recommended Resources

Seeds for Seven Generations by author, A Collaborative Program by
Diane Wilson
November 20, 2021 Zoom Presentation with Introduction by Laura Norcia
Collaborative Partners that made this program possible:  Eastern CT Community Gardens Association, East Lyme Public Library, Groton Public Library, Ledyard Public Library, Mystic and Noank Library, Preston Public Library, and Wheeler Library-North Stonington.

Please contact the Library Seed Library Coordinator if you missed the Zoom video presentation:

Books Recommendations from Diane Wilson: Good Seeds:  A Menominee Indian Food Memoir by Thomas Pecore Weso, 2016, Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians by Gilbert L. Wilson, 1987, Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence by Gregory Cajete, 2016, Eating the Landscape: American Indian Stories of Food, Identity and Resilience by Enrique Salmon, 2012, and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2015.

Diane Wilson Biography by Laura Norcia
A Dakota writer, Diane is the author of a recently published novel, The Seed Keeper. She is also the author of a memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, which won a Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the One Minneapolis, One Read program, as well as a nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, which was awarded the Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Additional awards include a Bush Foundation Fellowship from Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation & the East Central Regional Arts Council, as well as a 50 Over 50 Award from Pollen/Midwest.
Her novel, The Seed Keeper can be found at most libraries and signed copies may be purchased online or in person at Bank Square Books in Mystic. The Savoy Bookshop & Cafe in Westerly, or at Title IX: A Bookstore in New London.
Diane is enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and lives in Minnesota.
Please welcome Diane Wilson…

The Secret Life of Vines by Cathy Smith, September 25, 2021
Presentation slides and videoclips

Allyson Angelini, Farm to Table, August 14, 2021
Farm to Table Handouts

Tim Wachtmann from Plantscapes of New England (
Presents: Planting for Native Pollinators,
May 5, 2021

Emma Sutphen Presents: Companion Planting: Staging Your Garden for Success, April 10, 2021
Emma Sutphen Companion Planting Slides April 10 2021
Zoom Presentation April 10 2021