Plants with Year Round Appeal
Andy Brand is the nursery manager at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT, which is considered to have one of the largest collections of mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) in the United States. An avid naturalist, Brand is also past president of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association and a cofounder and past president of the Connecticut Butterfly Association. He has put his interest in native plants to use as a volunteer for the New England Plant Conservation Program, where he helps monitor historical sites of endangered native plants.
As a member of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust and the Town’s Tree Commission, Brand works to protect Hamden’s open spaces and natural resources. He has spoken to groups throughout the northeast on a range of topics including native plants, new and unusual ornamentals, butterfly gardening, and the butterflies of Connecticut. In January 2014, Andy started a Facebook page, “Seeing Nature: Observations from New England,” which is dedicated to native flora and fauna. Brand is also a long-standing member of the New Haven Bird Club.
Plants are often selected for a single attribute such as showy flowers or fruit or fall color and thus offer limited interest during the year. Discover an exciting collection of plants that will provide color and excitement in the garden throughout the year. Our speaker Andy Brand will discuss a range of trees, shrubs, and […]