Toni Leland's News for April

April was filled with not only flowers and showers, but many interesting and fun experiences.

Kangaroo Paws at the botanical center
Early in the month, with thin sunshine and a stiff breeze, I boarded the RiverQuest and sailed the Connecticut River watching for the Ospreys and Bald Eagles that are nesting at this time of year. Great trip. Read more about it at Connecticut Lifestyles. A week later, the weather warmed up perfectly for a visit to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. Wow. So refreshing to see all the tropicals and plants bursting with spring energy. The staff were just setting up the Fairy Gardens exhibit, so we got a little sneak peek. With family, I participated in the 10th Annual Walk to End Homelessness in New London, Connecticut. It was a beautiful day and a worthwhile cause.

I had the pleasure of teaching a large group of Master Gardeners what they wanted to know about becoming a garden writer. It was exciting to hear all the great story ideas and see the enthusiasm for sharing a love of gardening. My own education continued later in the month at a Master Gardener class on Ethnobotany, but more about that in a future post.

April's story assignments included a feature article on Treasure Hill Farm in Salem for Connecticut Horse; stories about art shows, family festivals, and the Connecticut Author Trail for The Day publications and, of course, my garden column and feature for Norwich Magazine.

As the weather settles and the garden beckons, I'll be juggling assignments, deadlines, and dandelions!

Spring has sprung!