OverviewOld Saybrook, Connecticut
From meadows and native plants to lawns, foundation gardens, and deer resistance, Kathy Connolly's “lively and well prepared" talks are interactive and full of tips for successful land care. She offers innovative design ideas and helpful resources.
Kathy Connolly is a landscape designer, garden writer, and speaker from Old Saybrook, CT. She gives about 25 talks each year for master gardeners, garden clubs, libraries, community groups, conservation associations, and others.
Kathy is also a columnist for The Day community newspapers in southeastern Connecticut, reaching more than 150,000 homes each week. She is the former editor for About.com's lawns and lawn alternatives. She writes on horticulture and landscape ecology for several other newsletters, magazines, and websites as well.
Some of Kathy's recent articles:
"Five Ways to Cover Ground and Give the Lawnmower a Rest"
Grassy lawns are the single most popular ground cover, but they are not always the best cover for a location or the easiest to maintain. In this talk, Kathy Connolly talks about ways to cover ground with a variety of low-growing, durable groundcovers, from sedum and moss, to low-mow lawn mixes, shrubs, and flowering meadows. One-hour and two-hour formats.
"Grow a Meadow, Large or Small"
Many people love the beauty of a flowering field, but when they tried to grow a meadow they were disappointed. In this talk, Kathy Connolly explores the establishment and care of a successful meadow. She defines the terms, discusses meadow ecology, the role of native species, and explains the steps a would-be meadow grower can take from June to December to start a new meadow or encourage an existing one.
"Waterwise Landscaping for Healthier Lakes and Rivers"
Rain gardens and waterside buffer gardens are a joy to see, but beauty is only where their benefits begin. If properly designed, these gardens provide important stormwater management services. They protect water bodies from polluted runoff and help control erosion. When designed with native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees, waterside gardens provide extraordinary support for native birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife. This one-hour presentation offers an introduction to how we can use flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs to manage stormwater. Topics: Definition of buffer gardens, beneficial functions they provide, the roles of roots and leaves, site selection and site preparation, plant selection and installation.
"Native Plants for the Home & Community"
Native plants have a critical role in the regional web of life--and our backyards may be their last, best hope in some cases. Far from lacking in beauty, these sturdy botanical citizens are often hiding in plain sight at our garden centers. In this presentation, Kathy defines native plants, shows why they are important, and offers extensive lists for the regional home or community garden.
"Foundation Gardens That Say 'Welcome Home'"
Are there ways to get greater satisfaction from your home landscape while increasing the value of your home? Research points towards some possibilities, most of them centered around foundation gardens and entryways. In this presentation, Kathy explores what adds value—visual, emotional and financial—to the landscape. She discusses the challenges of designing and installing landscapes close to buildings and shows how some conventional landscape practices undermine appearance and functionality. She explores three surprising new ways of looking at the house itself. Available in one-hour and two-hour format.
"Deer Survivor: Creating a Deer-resistant Landscape"
There is no such thing as a deer-proof landscape in deer country, but there are ways to improve the gardener's odds. There are three sets of "tools" the home gardener can use. Kathy reviews each in detail, including plant lists, physical barriers, and products that repel. The presentation also explores the psychology and biology of the deer, providing insight into some of the creature's behaviors.
See recent television interview on spring land care practices.
Hear recent podcast interview on meadows, lawns, and landscapes.
Old Saybrook, CT
Engaging, Top Notch Presentation
Jane Mignone, Barrington Garden Club from Barrington, RI - 02/24/2017 08:23:08
Kathy’s knowledge and passion for landscape design was evident during her ground cover presentation to our garden club last week. Kathy is a dynamic speaker: she was engaging, interesting, and reached out to all levels of gardeners in our large group. She was well prepared and imparted a wealth of information accompanied by many lovely photos. Kathy appears to keep very current and up to date in her field. She shared many new developments in ground covers and provided detailed resource handouts. She has a great website and blog too. Her organizational skills and professionalism were impressive, from initial contact right through her presentation and email follow ups.
All in all, Kathy gave a top notch presentation!
Ann Shipley from Noank, Ct - 02/29/2016 21:43:39
I am a member of the Mystic Garden Club. Kathy Connolly was the speaker for our monthly luncheon meeting last week. Her topic was foundation plantings and it was most interesting--and educational. Kathy has a lively sense of humor which made the talk that much more interesting. We would recommend her to any other garden clubs or groups looking for an interesting talk.
Karin Peterson from Madison CT - 02/11/2016 23:33:51
Practical tips and up-to-date information on residential landscape design to inspire all our members - from novice designers to Master Gardeners.
- Garden Club of Madison