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2014 Calendar of Events

 

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All activities are held at the Hort Farm unless stated otherwise on event listing.
Email info@friendsofthehortfarm.org for reservations. Please note that we request an RSVP for speakers and events, due to limited capacity in the Blasberg Building.

FHF Event Fees:
$10 for FHF Members & Current Master Gardeners (bring ID)
$20 for Non-Members unless otherwise specified

MASTER GARDENER HOURS:
MG-E = These events have been approved for EDUCATIONAL hours
MG-V = These events have been approved for VOLUNTEER hours


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Photo by Sarah Montgomery

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January

No Events scheduled in January 2014.


February

February 8, Saturday | 1 - 4pm
Create a Cozy Cavity for Kestrels
Terry Cecchini and Craig Newman of Outreach for Earth Stewardship will you build a nest box for Vermont's smalles members of the falcon family. These beneficial predators are a welcome addition to any open habitat. Build a nest box and learn about the natural history of these amazing birds.
$30/$40 Includes Nest Box materials.

 

February 15, Saturday | 10 - Noon
Take a Tour of UVM's Greenhouse Facilities
Escape Winter blahs and enjoy a touch of green with David Heleba, Greenhouse Manager. It will help you look forward to Spring! Limited to 15 attendees. Located on Main Campus adjoining Jeffords Hall. Free.

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March

March 22, Saturday  9 - 1pm
Workday at the Farm, Crab-Apple Pruning
Test your pruning skills on the Hort Farm crab-apple collection with curator Mark Biercevicz. Basic instructions provided. Please bring pruners, gloves and loppers if you have them. Some tools provided. Free. Qualifies as Master Gardener -Volunteer Hours.

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April

April 9, Wednesday 6 - 8pm
Starting and Managing Your Own Bee Hive
Certified bee keeper Scott Wilson of Heavenly Honey Apiary will talk about the current state of Vermont bees and beekeepers, what it takes to start and manage honey bee hives, uses of hive products, threats to honeybees and a honey tasting. $10/$20

 

April 12, Saturday 9 - Noon
Planting for Higher Yield in Your Veggie Garden
Want to have more vegetables and fewer weeds in your garden? Markey Reade of Honeydew Homestead will teach you about deep beds, dense plantings, higher yields and valuable tips and techniques for a highly productive vegetable and herb garden.
$10/$20 Qualifies as Master Gardener -Education Hours

 

April 19, Saturday 9am - 5pm
New England Wildflower Symposium
Vermont Technical College, Randolph
FHF co-sponsors this event
Qualifies as Master Gardener -Education Hours

 

 

APRIL 19 MULTIPLE EVENTS AT THE FARM!

April 19, Saturday 9am - noon
All About Lilacs
Hort Farm Lilac Curator and nationally recognized lilac expert Jeff Young will share his knowledge about many of the 2000 kinds of lilacs, how to care for them, when and how to prune, sun and soil needs, diseases, and maintainance. Practice your new skills later the same day at the demonstration (see below)
$10/$20 Qualifies as Master Gardener -Education Hours

 

April 19, Saturday 9am - Noon
Perennial Garden Wake Up
Master Gardeners and volunteers needed to help Brian Vaughan, Perennial Garden Curator, “work in the Perennial Garden. Come take part in spring cleanup of this fabulous collection in time for our May 17th Bloomtime Festival. Bring pruning shears/weeding tools.Free.Qualifies as Master Gardener -Volunteer Hours.

 

April 19, Saturday 1 - 4pm
Afternoon Lilac Pruning Workshop
Continue your lilac workshp with hands on experience with Jeff, and help prune the lilac collection at the same time! Bring pruning shears, weeding tools, gloves. Free. Qualifies as Master Gardener -Volunteer Hours.

 

April 26, Saturday 9 - noon
Pruners Workshop
Jeff Young, longtime park maintenance expert will explain the techniques of pruning shrubs and small trees, and how to keep these plants healthy and under control for a long life in your garden landscape. $10/$20 Qualifies as Master Gardener -Education Hours.

Preregistration for events always appreciated! Register by emailing us:

info@friendsofthehortfarm.org

Make sure you have a space by pre-paying:

Checks can be mailed in advance to;
Friends of the Horticulture Farm
PO Box 64788, Burlington, VT 05406-4788 ( Be sure to include the workshop titles )

 

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May

May 7, Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30
The Art of Hedges
Jeff Young a long time park maintainance expert will explain how to build and maintain that evergreen hedge, the types of plants to use in your zone, and the art of keeping the plants healthy, beautiful and under control.  $10/$20 Qualifies as Master Gardener -Education Hours.

 

May 10 Saturday

FULL WORKDAY AT THE FARM

Select morning 9:00-12 noon,  afternoon 1:00- 4:00pm or both!

Morning - Perennial Garden Workday 9 - Noon

Master Gardeners and volunteers needed to help tidy up this fabulous garden in time for our May 17th Bloomtime Festival. Bring pruning shears, weeding tools, gloves. Free. Qualifies as Master Gardener Volunteer Hours.

 

May 14, Wednesday 6 -8pm
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Join Herbalist and registered dietcian Melanie Brotz on an interactive tour of the UVM Hort Farm to learn about abundant edible and medicinal plants commonly thought of as weeds in our area. This program will also include harvesting and preparation tips for nutritional and medicinal uses. $10/$20 Qualifies as Master Gardener - Education Hours.

 

May 17, Saturday 10am– 3pm
19th Annual Bloomtime Festival
Come awaken your senses to the scents of lilacs, flowering crabapples, magnolias and more! Perennials, lilacs and gardening books will be on sale. UVM Greenhouse and Common Ground will be on hand selling indoor and veggie starter plants.


Also This Year:
Hay Ride Tours of the Hort Farm
Plein Air Artists

For all ages and FREE to the public

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June

June 7, Saturday 9am - Noon
Create Your Own Fruit Tree Ecosystem
Meghan Giroux from Vermont Edible Landscapes will show you how to create a fruit tree ecosystem, increase biodiversity around fruiting trees, utilize plants that accumulate nutrients, create habitat for beneficial insects and fix nitrogen in the soil. Medicinal herbs,perennial vegetables and berries can be established in this edible paradise.
$10/$20 Qualifies as Master Gardener - Education Hours.

 

Email info@friendsofthehortfarm.org or call (802) 864-3073

Click here for directions to the Hort Farm.

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July

July 19, Saturday 10- 1pm
Garden Tour, Honeydew Homestead
Markey Reade and Tim King will share 15plus years of suburban homesteading experience.You will see a vegetable and herb garden, small fruits and small fruit trees, honey bee hives, layer hens and ducks, chickens and Cornish hens raised for meat. You may be inspired to start your own homestead! Location 1372 Old Stage Road, Willliston $10/$20 Qualifies as Master Gardener - Education Hours.

 

July 19, Saturday 8am - done
Annual Plant Sale Set Up
Many volunteers are needed to help receive truckloads of donated plants, set up tents and organize and price plants for Sunday's huge plant sale. We need you! Please call/email us if you can help out. Email info@friendsofthehortfarm.org or call (802) 864-3073

 

 

July 20, Sunday 10am - 3pm
Friends of Hort. Farm 19th Annual Plant Sale
Select from a wide variety of ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants donated by gardens and nurseries throughout Vermont.
Don't miss the 9 -10 am Members-Only Preview Sale.
Join or renew your membership now!

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August

August 23, Saturday 9am- noon
Reading Your Landscape
Join UVM Plant Biologist Alicia Daniel for a walk through the history of the Hort Farm. You'll look at what the clues in the field can tellus about the past and develop an intimate understanding of the natural and cultivated world. $10/$20

 

September

September 13, Saturday  9 – Noon
Native Plants for your Garden
Marijke Niles will introduce you to native plants and their benefits to our environment. Adding native plants to your garden helps to build nature's biodiversity back while saving effort, money and frustration. Native plants will be available for sale. $10/$20

Qualifies as Master Gardener - Education Hours.

 

September 20, Saturday 9 – Noon
Apple Tour and Tasting with Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist and Director of the Hort Farm, will take you on a walking tour through the orchards to sample the fruits of the season and discuss orchard management and local apple history. Choose your favorite apple and get at $10 gift certificate for an apple purchase at the Hort Farm's farmstand.  $20/$30

 

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October

October 1, Wed 6 – 8pm
White Magic in Your Garden
Judith Irven of North Country Reflections will show you how to take a look at the essential building blocks of a winter garden and how to position them, the ways of creating interesting highlights of color and texture, and the trees, shrubs and perrenial's that really stand out in a snowy landscape. Bring your questions! $20/$30

Qualifies as Master Gardener - Education Hours.

 

October 18, Saturday 9 – Noon
Workday at the Farm, Perennial Garden Clean Up
Join FHF for our last workday in 2014! Gardeners and volunteers needed to put the Perennial Garden to bed for the winter. Learn what  perennials to cut back before winter. Bring tools and gloves and join us for this rewarding workday. Free.

Qualifies as Master Gardener - Volunteer Hours.

 

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November

 

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December

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WINTER CENTERPIECE
Charlotte Albers of Paintbox Garden Design
Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10-12
Make a fresh arrangement for the holiday table using aromatic greens and cuttings including wine-red dogwood stems, yellow dogwood, winterberry, evergreen holly, rhododendron and fragrant boxwood. Bring a container of your choice that holds water, a pair of pruners and an apron or smock. Feel free to bring something from your own garden to use or contribute. Charlotte will bring in cuttings from her gardens and demonstrate techniques as well as provide information about favorite plants to consider when designing beds and borders for winter interest.  $30/$40 includes all materials. Pre-register and pre-pay to ensure the right amount of materials are purchased for all attendees.

Email info@friendsofthehortfarm.org

Checks can be mailed in advance to:
Friends of the Horticulture Farm
PO Box 64788, Burlington, VT 05406-4788

 


 

 

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