There are three programs being offered in the coming weeks at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's Osborne Homestead Museum and Kellogg Environmental Center, both located at 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.
Enjoy a guided walk through the beautiful gardens surrounding the Osborne Homestead Museum. This free program will be offered on Friday, June 10th, Saturday, June 25th and Saturday, July 9th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 noon. Learn about colonial revival gardens and enjoy the annuals, perennials and the lovely sights and scents of dozens of rose bushes. After strolling through the gardens, visit the historic home of Frances Osborne Kellogg and discover why she had such a passion for gardening and land conservation.
Beginning on Thursday, June 23rd the Kellogg Environmental Center will host a unique photo exhibit "Legacy Landscapes" through Saturday, July 23rd. An opening reception and artist presentation is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. All are invited to enjoy this photography exhibit showcasing Connecticut's Historic Gardens by photojournalist Margaret Waage. The 'Legacy Landscapes' collection uncovers a shared love of garden design and recognition for those who cherished the earth.
Inspired to include all fourteen member sites, Waage continued on a journey of photographic exploration to create a feature series of Connecticut's Historic Gardens, published by the Republican-American newspaper. Presented as daytrips, readers are enticed to visit the historic sites and garden locations.
For photographers, gardeners and history lovers 'Legacy Landscapes' conjures up a visual reference point for how things were done long ago and asks the question why. Gardening and landscape design has long since kept up a tradition of caring for the land as a resource. The 8th Annual Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day will take place Sunday, June 26th.
The Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society, Inc. will host a presentation at the Kellogg Environmental Center, Here Come the Birds, Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30 PM. Teresa Kramer, Director of Canton Raptor Care, will give a presentation on raptors and will be bringing 5 live birds of prey. These include a screech owl, great horned owl, kestrel, a red-tailed hawk and an additional bird completing the program. Children and adults will both enjoy this wonderful program. Please join us for this fun-filled program. A donation of $5.00/adult and $2/student or child is requested. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.
The Osborne Homestead Museum and Kellogg Environmental Center, located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue in Derby, are operated by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's Division of State Parks & Public Outreach. The Osborne Homestead Museum is open for free guided tours on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. To register or for more information call the Kellogg Environmental Center (203) 734-2513, open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
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