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Timely Topic For Garden Club: Pruning Flowering Shrubs

Spring will arrive on March 20, and The Garden Club of Newtown will focus on the new season with “Pruning Flowering Shrubs,” a timely presentation by Nancy Dubrule-Clemente, on Tuesday, March 25. The program will begin at 1 pm at C.H Booth Library.

Flowering shrubs have become greatly desired features in today’s home landscape because of their beauty and the fact that they require much less maintenance than many other options. Ms Dubrule-Clemente will offer advice and instructions in shrub selection, appropriate siting, and the importance of good pruning techniques for proper maintenance.

The owner of Natureworks Horticultural Services in Northford, an organic gardening business that she started in 1983, Ms Dubrule-Clemente is a graduate of the Ratcliffe Hicks School of the University of Connecticut with a degree in Floriculture.  Her business has used only organic fertilizers and pest control products since it began, and includes a retail center as well as offering landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance.

Education is the primary focus of Natureworks, offering a website, newsletter, handouts, plant catalogs, articles for newspapers and magazines, and talks to groups, which all combine to spread the word about organic and sustainable practices.  Ms DuBrule-Clemente is a past president of NOFA/CT and is the co-author, with Marny Smith, of A Country Garden for your Backyard and the author of Succession of Bloom in the Perennial Garden.

“Pruning Flowering Shrubs” will be presented in The Olga Knoepke Meeting Room, on the first floor of the library, at 25 Main Street. The public is welcome. There is a $5 guest fee for non-members.

Registration is not required, but additional information is available at www.gardenclubofnewtown.com or by calling 203-512-7320.

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