Our workshops are designed to provide our attendees with a creative space to learn about plants and how to combine nature with art forms. We strive to provide convenience, service, and plant knowledge to our attendees. Workshops involve making your item and taking it home and most of our workshops are held in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor, Connecticut at Container Crazy CT’s workshop space, unless otherwise noted.
Cathy Testa of Container Crazy CT and Cathy T’s Landscape Designs is your instructor and host at the majority of these workshops. Cathy earned her Associates of Applied Science degree in Horticulture with a concentration in Floriculture from the University of Connecticut, and completed the Master Gardener Program in September 2010. She has been organizing and offering her plant related expertise to attendees of these workshops for over 8 years.
When special guest artists have been invited to teach the session for us, this is noted on each workshop listing. We welcome any special guest artist interested in sharing their craft and art with our attendees.
Some of our workshops are held at host facilities, such as Strong Family Farm in Vernon, CT, BOOK CLUB Bookstore in South Windsor, and at farmers’ markets such as the Ellington Farmers Market and South Windsor Farmers Market.
Plants and Showcases
Come by to visit and see Cathy T’s plant gifts and Container Crazy CT products at BOOK CLUB Bookstore & More, 869 Sullivan Avenue, S. Windsor, CT.
Learn about many of our upcoming workshops and see Container Crazy CT’s workshop prototypes displayed at the store for upcoming session dates.
Cathy Testa holds regular hours at the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 6 pm, and the store is open daily. See bookclubct.com for more information.
Demonstrations by Request
If you find a topic interesting, and would prefer a demonstration as an alternative to a full hands-on workshop at your facility, please reach out – we will work with you.
If you see a product here you would like to order, again, please reach out.
If you wish to receive a referral from a Garden Club who has invited Cathy Testa to present or from a business owner utilizing her container gardening services, please fill out the Information Contact Form below and it will be provided to you.
Are eligible for coupons and gift bag at select workshops. We also have a “new” Insiders Club program. During special events, such as Shop Small® day, we offer one-time offers.
Pre-registering early is recommended as seats are limited. Once you submit your Contact Form (located via the REGISTRATION menu option), details will be furnished so you may learn more about the workshop and submit your registration fee at that time. We will confirm your seat once your payment has been received. Payments are due usually 2-3 weeks before the workshop date.
Read all about how to register via REGISTRATION on this site.
You may pay by check, cash, or credit card. However, when utilizing the EVENTBRITE credit card online payment option on this site, there is a small service charge automatically applied by EVENTBRITE. Other options are to pay at the bookstore (noted above) or mailing a check to Cathy Testa at her Broad Brook address.
Most of our workshops are non-refundable if you cancel one week before the workshop date, especially when fresh materials are specifically ordered for the workshop. Our policy includes the ability for attendees to send an alternate person if they can not make the date or use their pre-paid registration fee towards a future workshop within one year.
Cathy Testa has hired several photographers for some of the photos published on this site. If interested in a photographer recommendation, please feel free to ask.
If you wish to purchase a gift card redeemable towards a workshop, please click Gift Cards. Holiday, Mother’s Day, Birthday, and Plant Themed greeting styled gift cards are available. You may designate a dollar amount or use our EVENTBRITE link on this site to order gift cards valued at $30. (Note: EVENTBRITE automatically adds a small service charge to credit cards.) Gift Cards are available at BOOK CLUB noted above also.
Plant and Materials
We do our best to obtain the best plants and materials identified for the workshops, however, plants are subject to weather conditions or unexpected climate changes, and materials could be changed based on timing, etc. All is subject to availability. However, in more cases than not, we have provided more than expected at our workshops!
See you soon!
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