Glories of the Garden Summer Programs
Sunday, July 24, 7:00 pm
Keynote Summer Presentation
Roger Cook of This Old House
Roger Cook is the landscape contractor for the Emmy Award-winning television series, This Old House, and appears on its sister show, Ask This Old House. Cook, who owns K&R Tree and Landscape, will talk about how he became involved with the show and share some before and after details of the televised projects he has completed. He also has some pragmatic solutions for landscape dilemmas and inspiring ideas about how to create family activity areas in your home landscape. Tickets are $15 per person and should be purchased online or by calling 508-495-1878, ext. 308.
Thursday, June 16, 10:30 am
Creating the Container Garden You Really Want
With Shelley Baker-Vance, The Salty Mermaid
Shelley worked as a professional gardener and nursery specialist on Martha’s Vineyard for over 25 years before moving to Cape Cod. Though skilled in all aspects of landscape design and maintenance, her true passion is container gardening. She will begin her demonstration with an inspiring selection of photographs of containers she has created for her well-known Vineyard and Cape clients (sshh! No names!). We will then move outside, where Shelley will create several different container arrangements, explaining how to make each decision along the way. Beginning with the scope of the container, then moving on to using the right soil, determining placement and sunlight, and selecting the right plants. Elements of design to be discussed will include color, texture and height. She will share professional secrets, talk about filling a very large container without using 50 pounds of soil, and convince even a beginning gardener that you can make your own ivy topiary. $5 suggested donation; pre-registration is not required.
Tuesday, June 21 at 1:00 pm
Planting Your Plot: Vegetable Gardens in Small Spaces
With Peter V. Fossel, Swan River Farm
Small vegetable gardens can yield big rewards! Don’t be discouraged if your garden space is small … and don’t be intimidated thinking you need to plant a whole acre. Gardening expert Peter Fossel will set your mind at ease and provide plenty of motivation for creating a vegetable garden that will provide lots of good eating this summer. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 23 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, in 2007. He’s written numerous articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Yankee Magazine, Americana, American Heritage, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee, before returning to Cape Cod last year to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA. $5 suggested donation; pre-registration is not required.
Monday, July 11, 10:30 am
Crazy for Composting; When Breaking Down is a Good Thing!
Composting just makes sense, no matter how you look at it! And Anne-Marie Runfola is the woman to show you how and why. From a basic compost pile to more sophisticated setups and mixtures, the “rock star of compost” will get you and your family … yes, composting is a family activity, after all … feeling excited and good about what you do. Come with questions, come with the family. $5 suggested donation at the door for adults; pre-registration not required.
Friday July 29, 10:30 am
The Trees That Came to Falmouth: The Magnificent European Beeches
Tim Greene, Greene’s Tree and Garden
The copper beech trees that dot the Highfield Hall landscape have delighted visitors to the property for over a century, as they continue to do today. While their distinctive coloration makes them easy to identify, they are not the only European beech trees planted on the summer estate, or throughout the town of Falmouth. Massachusetts and ISA certified arborist Tim Greene will present the story of these beeches, with descriptions of the various cultivars to be found in the area. Weather permitting, he will lead a tour of the property focusing on the Highfield beeches. $5 suggested donation at the door for adults; pre-registration not required.
Cooking from the Garden with Gail Blakely
Thursdays from 10:30 – 12:30
This series, led by local food personality Gail Blakely, will focus on the bounty of the summer garden and how to deal with an abundance of fresh, affordable produce in new and creative ways. $20 per person or $75 for the entire series. Register online or call 508-495-1878, extension 308.
Thursday, July 14, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cooking from the Garden: Beans!
Thursday, July 28, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cooking from the Garden: Corn!
Thursday, August 11, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cooking from the Garden: Peppers and Eggplant
Thursday, August 25, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cooking from the Garden: Tomatoes!
Thursday, August 4, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Cape Cod Summer Arrangement Floral Workshop
Anna Holmes, Floral Designer
You CAN create a professional-looking arrangement from your own cut flowers! Professional floral designer and instructor Anna Holmes guides you gently and informatively through the process from beginning to end and voila! you've created a beautiful arrangement. Bring cuttings from your garden ... or a friendly neighbor's ... and a few Cape Cod sea shells if you have them. Instruction, container and all other materials will be supplied. (Instructor can also provide flowers for a small additional charge; she will contact all registrants prior to class.) Class is $20 per person. Pre-register no later than August 1 online or by calling 508-495-1878, ext. 308.
Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 pm
Scott LaFleur, Horticulture Director and Curator, Garden in the Woods
This fun and informative talk will offer an overview of the New England Wildflower Society and a virtual tour of Garden in the Woods. Scott will discuss tips and ideas for designing coastal gardens, as well as share his favorite native plants and wrap up the presentation with sound ecological methods to maintain them. Scott holds a degree in horticulture from the University of New Hampshire where he specialized in perennials and perennial garden design. He joined the New England Wildflower Society as Senior Horticulturist of Garden in the Woods in 2005 and is now the Horticulture Director and Curator. If you have never been to Garden in the Woods in Framingham, you will want to go after this presentation! Reservations are not required; $5 suggested donation at the door.
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