Lorraine Ballato

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Overview

16 Mudry Farm Rd Brookfield, Connecticut 06804

I'm a plantaholic with the perfect job. I bring you the latest ideas and information about ornamentals and edibles with my trademark good humor, charm, and encyclopedic knowledge, creating talks that are both instructive and highly entertaining.

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Description

As a freelance garden communicator, I wrote regular gardening columns for over 10 years, reaching more than 15,000 homes in western Connecticut. My writings include contributions to the section on "woodies" for the White Flower Farm Spring catalogs in addition to having my writing and photographs published regularly in Edible Nutmeg, Connecticut Gardener, and other horticultural publications.

As a professional horticulturist and Advanced Master Gardener, I have spoken on numerous gardening radio shows from Alaska to Connecticut. I'm an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Connecticut Master Gardener Program and have taught for The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. I speak at regional symposiums, flower shows, to civic groups and garden clubs, among other organizations. I'm known for my good humor, charm, and encyclopedic knowledge of ornamentals and edibles, creating talks that are both instructive and highly entertaining on a broad range of subjects which I tailor to each audience, using impressive images from a  sizable slide collection. I recently published a book, Success With Hydrangeas, A Gardener's Guide in addition to my first book, Successful Self Watering Containers: Converting Your Favorite Container to a Self-Waterer.

In my role as an Advanced Master Gardener, I work with a sizeable team of gardeners of all levels in a 3000 square foot organic fruit and vegetable garden in Fairfield County, CT. From April through October each year, we grow and donate over 800 pounds of produce to homeless shelters and food banks, train master gardener interns and assist the gardening public on a weekly basis. It's some of the most meaningful work I do.

The Connecticut garden that my husband and I have created is not only my laboratory but has been the subject of magazine articles and has been on several garden tours.


Topics

FOOLPROOF HYDRANGEAS

HYDRANGEAS, TO PRUNE OR NOT TO PRUNE

THE MAGIC OF REBLOOMING HYDRANGEAS

SHRUBS, THE NEW PERENNIAL

DESIGNING WITH SHRUBS: THE BACKBONE OF THE GARDEN

SAFE SOLUTIONS TO GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES

TROPICALS IN YOUR GARDEN

NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S ROSES

GROWING ROSES ORGANICALLY

HOME GROWN HARVESTS

THE INS AND OUTS OF SELF WATERING CONTAINERS

“DEER PROOFING” YOUR GARDEN

LOW MAINTENANCE GARDENING

SHADY CHARACTERS

VEGETABLES CONTAINED

 

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Audience Reviews

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Best Lecture Ever!

Joanie D from New york - 11/14/2019 14:14:26

Lorraine is an absolute pro. Well prepared. Great with technology (no power point glitches) thorough handout. Invitations to learn more on her free blog. Quick paced! Now I’m a hydrangea lover for life. Thx Lorraine!

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Hydrangea Pruning

Catherine Riordan from Redding, CT - 05/08/2019 20:05:50

Excellent speaker: clear, direct, and helpful. Handout is a concise marvel.

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Hydrangeas demystified

Jennifer Dossin from New York City - 04/29/2019 11:16:38

Lorraine clearly knows and loves hydrangeas--and has a gifted teacher's ability to communicate so much about varieties, their care, and cultural requirements. Her book, "Success with Hydrangeas", is an excellent companion that keeps me mindful of all I learned at her workshop.