5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7586.
Join us on Thursday, April 5th at 6:30pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library as Washington's Judea Garden hosts guest speaker, Anita Dafonte. Using slides from her own garden, Anita will share helpful planting and composting tips in her talk "Eggplants on Parade; Creating a beautiful and productive vegetable garden." Questions on gardening? Email them to email@example.com and Anita will provide the answer at the lecture. An avid gardener who specializes in unique varieties of vegetables, Anita Dafonte travels the Northeast giving lively and informative demonstrations on how to create a vegetable garden that's both beautiful and productive. She discusses which varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other vegetables to grow for certain dishes, how to build a rich, organic soil, the tools you'll need and how to incorporate flowers among your vegetables for color and beauty. Anita, who lives and gardens on five acres in Newtown, is the Sales Director for Coast of Maine Organic Products. She graduated last fall from the Maine Compost School of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. She was the Sales Manager for many years of Fine Gardening and the former Kitchen Gardening magazines. "Working at Fine Gardening afforded me the opportunity to travel the country to visit growers and nurseries and home gardens," she says. "I went to every single flower show in the country. I knew every seed catalog company. I was on the Board of Directors of the Mailorder Gardening Association." Perennials are lovely, Anita agrees, but her true passion is for vegetables, as well as vines and the annuals—the nasturtiums, Johnny jump-ups, borage and calendula—she adds to her dishes as ingredients or garnishes. For more on Anita and her gardening, please visit her website at: http://anitadafonte.wordpress.com/ Judea Garden, the Giving Garden is entering its fourth season of providing fresh vegetables to our neighbors in need. Located in Steep Rock's Macricostas Preserve and supported by St John's Church and the Town of Washington, Judea Garden and its volunteers have grown and distributed over 10,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to local food banks. Volunteers are vital to this project and any level of experience and any number of hours are welcome. Come join us and make a difference. For more information contact Denise Arturi at 860 868-2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended.