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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Additional Information

LORRAINE BALLATO'S UPCOMING GARDEN TALKS/CLASSES

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 nearly 700 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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Everything Hydrangea

Lynda Petrillo from Long Island - 07/18/2018 10:21:01

Lorraine is a fabulous speaker. Her material is organized and informative. She keeps the audience interested and engaged. She is the premier authority on hydrangeas.

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Queen of Roses!

Penelope Jones from New Canaan - 04/03/2017 17:28:21

Lorraine just spoke to our club today. Her talk "Not your Grandmothers Roses" was very well attended by the group and very much enjoyed. We will hopefully have her back again soon.

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Wealth of information!

Irene Skrybailo from Connecticut - 10/22/2016 16:25:52

Lorraine is AMAZING every time I hear her speak I learn something new. Fantastic, engaging speaker..!