Hudson Valley Estates & Gardens
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Hudson Valley Estates & Gardens

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A look at some of the best public gardens along the Hudson River including the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park; Bellefield, a formal garden on the National Register of Historic Places originally designed by Beatrix Farrand; Blithewood and Montgomery Place at Bard College, the Rockefeller estate Kykuit with its mix of modern sculpture and classical architecture, and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a world-class organic farm with a sustainability mission. See it all through the lens of landscape design and get inspired for your own road trip through the region.

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Gardens of the Cotswolds
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Gardens of the Cotswolds

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England’s Cotswolds region is home to world famous estates, many part of the National Trust and open to the public including Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate, Rodmarton Manor, and Barnsley House, the home of designer Rosemary Verey who wrote about plants and garden design in numerous books which are considered classics today (her former estate is now an upscale boutique hotel). Look closely at the elements that make up a British garden - long perennial borders, herbs, vegetable potagers, topiary and sculpture, walled enclosures, rambling paths, old roses and more - and get some ideas for how to transform your own property on a small or large scale. Tea will be served after the slide talk!

This talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Horticulture Farm and will be held at the University of Vermont’s Horticulture Research and Education Center (Hort Farm).

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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Our annual tradition continues - bring your pruners and a container from home and join fun. What kind of container? Any medium sized vessel that holds water will work: low ceramic casserole dishes are a good option (I like to use oval or round dishes with rims about 3-4” high); a pretty pitcher, an ice bucket, or a deep bowl. Baskets can work if you bring a plastic liner of some kind. We’ll work with an assortment of branches and stems, berries, cones, and flowers in wonderful shades of the harvest season to make a fresh arrangement which will last to Thanksgiving and after. Feel free to bring any decorative materials from home to reuse (faux or real); all other materials are part of the course fee. This is a small size workshop, bring a friend and enjoy the hands on experience in the classroom studio.

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Holiday Centerpiece
Dec
17
6:30 PM18:30

Holiday Centerpiece

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Another annual tradition - bring a container and pair of pruners and join the fun! I’ll provide all the fresh greens which form the bulk of the arrangements: Noble Fir and locally sourced spruce and balsam, white pine, boxwood, golden cypress, and cedar, and talk about how to use these woody evergreens in the home landscape. Our accents will be branches and berries, including red twig dogwood, birch, and a variety of winterberry hollies from my gardens. Please make sure your container holds water. Baskets, sap buckets, pitchers, cachepots, vases and even ceramic casseroles will work, the choice is up to you (I’ve even used loaf pans). Your one of a kind creation will last into the holiday week and beyond. Feel free to repurpose decorative materials (faux or real) for the final touch. This is a small group workshop, bring a friend, and enjoy our classroom studio where you can make a mess (and not worry about cleanup).

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Next Level Seminar: Designing With Color
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Next Level Seminar: Designing With Color

Learn how to bring the vibrant colors beloved by Monet, VanGogh, Gertrude Jekyll and Georgia O’Keefe into your gardens to make them into a living canvas that brings beauty through the seasons!

Join me for this creative workshop aimed at helping invigorate your gardens through the strategic use of key plants. A comprehensive plant talk will look at best picks for varying site conditions including wet or dry, sun or shade, with a focus on cold-hardy varieties suited to our region. Don’t worry – we’ll talk annuals too! Then design your own garden using color guides and catalogs and take home a custom planting plan along with a detailed plant list handout for future reference.

This event takes place in the new classroom at Red Wagon Plants - it’s a great space to dig deeper into horticulture as you’ll be surrounded with blooming flowers and the rich smell of potting soil. Snacks and beverages are served in the cafe and are always delicious.

$45 fee includes handouts, a custom planting plan, and refreshments.

To sign up go to Red Wagon’s events page HERE.

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Apr
2
7:30 PM19:30

Garden Sanctuary Workshop

Find ways to create peaceful, restorative spaces where you can breathe deep and reconnect with nature to find balance and serenity with scented herbs and flowers, lush foliage, and healing sounds. Make your own temple of beauty so you have a place to sit or work and learn how to dig deeper into your garden's potential no matter how small your property or budget. Plants with healing properties, water features of all sizes, comfortable furniture that withstands the elements, wind chimes, art forms, and ways to build enclosure and privacy are just some of the topics we’ll talk about. The yoga class that precedes the workshop will focus on strength building poses to get you ready for the season. Join me for a small reception after the slide talk and take a look at my garden photos in the studio gallery (up through early May). Free

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Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Color Year Round

Beat the winter blahs and learn to design with a range of color - we’ll look at spring flowering bulbs, dahlias, zinnias, and more. From smoky purple to chartreuse, electric blues and pinks, and Living Coral, the 2019 Color of the Year, we’ll look at all parts of a plant including stems, fruits, branches, and bark which can enhance winter gardens, talk about good color combinations, and review strategies for succession planting so your landscape offers visual interest through the seasons. Fee $15

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Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Chelsea Flower Show

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Ever wanted to attend the world’s most famous flower show? The RHS Chelsea Show is a 5-day extravaganza held every May in London with flawless exhibits by the world’s top designers. I’ll share tips about ticket buying, what to see, and share highlights of the 2018 event. Even if a trip is unlikely you can immerse yourself in this slide show of rich floral tapestries and beautiful outdoor rooms and get ideas for how you can bring a little English style to your Vermont garden. Class limited to 30. Fee $20

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Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Garden 101: Perennials

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Want to spruce up your gardens but need some help? We’ll cover the basics for both shade and sun perennials and give ideas about how you can successfully combine plants for maximum impact, highlight award-winners, and consider foliage and flowers. Some garden experience helpful but not required. Handouts included; please bring a notebook. This is a two-part class that runs on Wednesday, March 20 and on March 27. $45

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