A Special APLDCT Sponsor Event!

Colorblends announcement


Tour the Colorblends Trial Gardens & Annual Meeting

Saturday May 3, starting at 1:30 pm

Take a break from your hectic spring schedule to catch up with APLDCT members and to tour the beautiful displays at the Colorblends trial gardens.  While enjoying these colorful spring bulb gardens and gathering inspiration for next year, you can reconnect with old friends and meet some of the newest members of APLDCT.  In addition to seeing tried and true, we will have a unique opportunity to see new varieties of bulbs as they are being trialed in our area.

We will hold a brief annual meeting at 1:30pm at the Colorblends facility to get a quick update on what’s going on with APLDCT.  At 2 pm we will gather in Bridgeport to see the Colorblends trial gardens, and then between 3-3:30pm we will travel to their trial gardens in Shelton.  The garden tour will be followed by festive beverages and refreshments as we toast the start of the landscape season.

We hope that you can join us for all or part of the afternoon, please RSVP (use the RSVP button below to email APLDCT) to let us know you will attend.  If you have questions, in advance of the event please feel free to e-mail us at apldct@gmail.com and on the day of the event contact Eva at 203-650-1515 with any questions.

*Event is open to designers and professionals from all disciplines. 

Annual Meeting @ 1:30pm at Colorblends (see below for address)

Garden Tour Starting Location @ 2pm:
747 Barnum Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06608
(203) 338-0776

Second Location @ 3:30pm
Hilltop Gardens
245 Walnut Tree Road
Shelton, CT 06484

RAIN PLAN:  This event will happen Rain or Shine, with a few modifications.  In the event of rain the General Membership Meeting will be rescheduled to happen at the end of the day, after the garden tours. We will reverse the order of the locations so that we will end up at the Colorblends facility where we can have our reception indoors, so if it rains we will meet at Hill Top Gardens at 2pm and then the Colorblends facility at 3:30pm, with reception and meeting to follow.  
SPECIAL REQUEST: Please note that since we will be seeing some bulbs that have not been released for sale, we have been asked not to take photographs while visiting the gardens, thank you for your cooperation with this request from our hosts.

APLDCT Outing a Rousing Success!

This past Sunday a group of APLDCT members, along with three representatives from our Gold sponsor Colorblends, visited the beautiful Connecticut village of Essex and then set sail for a sunset cruise on the Schooner Mary E.

Our cruise ship awaits!

Our cruise ship awaits!

Main Street in Essex is full of old world charm, lined with shoppes and beautiful gardens. Several of us strolled through town before the cruise to soak in the atmosphere of the shore town and get in a little garden critiquing. We then visited the Connecticut River Museum, where our cruise ship is docked. The museum does a wonder job of chronicling the history of the Connecticut River, housing many artifacts, and a wonderful mural of the river itself that travels up a three level staircase and down another. Very well done!

Once aboard the Schooner Mary E for the main event, everyone quickly settled in to a very fine evening of sightseeing, networking, and of course garden talk. Our events coordinator Lucy van Liew, provided the group with a delicious boxed dinner, then we relaxed with a glass of wine to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

A great time was had by all, and we have already begun scheming to repeat the outing next summer. So stay connected with us here at APLDCT, and hopefully we’ll see you at our next exciting outing!

We’ll be posting more photos and continuing the discussion about this event, as well as future events, over on the Facebook Page, but now, here’s a fun video of our Sunset Cruise outing. Enjoy and please share it with your friends!