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All activities are held at the Hort Farm unless stated otherwise on event listing.
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Events are held at the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center, 65 Green Mountain Drive, So. Burlington.
Prepayment can be sent to P.O. Box 64788, Burlington VT 05406-4788 or pay at the door.
FHF Event Fees:
$10 for FHF Members & Current Master Gardeners (bring ID)
$15 for Non-Members unless otherwise specified
MASTER GARDENER HOURS:
MG-E = These events have been approved for EDUCATIONAL hours
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Gardens of Sweden
WEDNESDAY, Feb 10, 6-8
Join Mary Jo Childs for a colorful tour of gardens of Sweden: from Royal to Romantic, from sunny Stockholm to the Arctic Circle. Be dazzled by the variety and vigor of blooms, and the role of gardening in this Scandinavian country. You may be surprised at how much Vermont and Sweden have in common. .
Members $10 Non-members $15
Tree Care Basics: Planting and Care For Thriving Trees
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 10-Noon
Arborist V.J. Comai, of Bartlett Tree Experts, will tell you what to look for when purchasing a tree, the pros and cons of container grown trees vs B &B, proper planting and the problems associated with planting too deep, selecting the right tree for the right place, follow up care, and the basics of good structural pruning. Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
Conifers: Workhorse for Northern Gardens
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 9-12
Conifers are essential design elements in our northern landscapes. Texture, color and architectural form are qualities this diverse group of plants bring to a well-designed garden. Join local Garden Designer and Horticulturist, Paul Wieczoreck, to explore the selection and cultivation of conifers suitable for our cold northern climate, and learn how they can enhance your garden all year.
Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
Creating Healthy Soil
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 6-8
Explore the wonderful worlds of soil, compost and ecology. Wendy Sue Harper will present ecological gardening methods to build soil tilth to ameliorate natural soil properties, increase biodiversity as a preventative practice, make good compost, and unlock the secrets to great gardening.
Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
Crabapple Pruning Workshop
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 9-1
Test your pruning skills on the Hort. Farm’s Crabapple Collection with Curator Mark Biercevicz as he gives you basic instruction. Bring pruners, gloves, loppers. Some tools provided. Q and A about growing and pruning apple trees for yourself and wildlife, and an intro to heirloom varieties. FREE EMG-E
Viticulture for the Home Gardener
WEDNESDAY MARCH 23, 6-8
Learn about new opportunities for grape and wine production in Vermont and other cold, northern climates, from Terry Bradshaw, Hort. Farm Manager. Site design, horticultural needs, and varietal selection will be included. Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
The Art of Evergreen Shrubs and Hedges
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 9-12
Find out how to use evergreen shrubs to beautify your landscape or build a hedge to keep your neighbors out of sight. Our Master Gardener expert, Jeff Young, will tell you how to build and maintain a healthy hedge and keep it under control. Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
SPECIAL PROGRAM - NOTE LOCATION CHANGE
Tales from The Plant Explorer: Why Plant Collection is as Important as Ever
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 6 - 8pm
Speaker: Dr. Michael Dosmann, Arnold Arboretum
Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset Street, So. Burlington VT
Dr. Michael S. Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections at the Arnold Aboretum, will speak on the importance of livng plant collections for research, conservation and education.
Rustic Cedar Workshop
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 8-4
Brian Gluck of Rustic Cedar in the Northeast Kingdom returns to teach this popular hands-on workshop, helping participants build a tall obelisk for garden use. Brian will supply all materials; you bring loppers, hand pruners, pruning saw, cordless drill, work gloves, and a bag lunch. All materials included in course fee. Class limit is 16. Prepayment required by 4/20. $80
Spring Migration Bird Walk
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 7-10
Join members of Green Mountain Audubon at the Hort. Farm for an early morning walk during peak spring migration to see warblers and more. Outing leader Liz Lee of the GM Audubon will guide you through a variety of habitats and share knowledge about birds. Bring binoculars. FREE
All About Lilacs
SATURDAY, MAY 7 Two Workshops:
9am-Noon: Morning workshop; our Lilac Curator, Jeff Young, will teach you the techniques of pruning your favorite lilac bushes.Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
1:00-4:00pm Afternoon workshop; learn what lilacs to grow, how to care for them, their sun and soil needs, diseases, etc. Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
Pollinator Garden Workshop
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 9-12
Join Curator Charlotte Albers and learn about the value of pollinators as you help awaken the new Pollinator Garden and get it ready for the Bloom-Time Festival and Open House. Bring gloves and weeding tools. EMG-V FREE
Bloom-Time Festival and Open House
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 10-3
Join us and greet spring with a tour of our flowering lilacs, crabapples, magnolias and azaleas. Our 21st annual festival will feature plants for sale, hayride tours, face painting, fairy houses to make, Plein Air Painters, music, and more. Join us--rain or shine! FREE
Rhododendron Walk and Talk
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2-4
Beth Gutwin, Curator of the Rhododendron Collection, will give a slide presentation and lead a walking tour of the Hort. Farm's acclaimed collection of Rhododendrons and native Azaleas. Come learn about the cultural requirements and landscape uses of these plants, and see a spectacular display of blooms. Tea and refreshments will be served after. Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
SATURDAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 11 & 12, 9-12
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 6-8
Sessions 1 & 2: Illustrator Jean Carlson Masseau will teach observation skills to facilitate the process of drawing botanical subjects from life, and the basics of painting with watercolor paints. A review of historical and contemporary botanical art and Jean’s professional samples will provide insight into the planning, drawing and painting process. Working with fresh or dried flowers, students will achieve a likeness in pencil before painting parts of their subject in watercolor. In-depth information will be shared in a supportive atmosphere.
All levels welcome.
Session 3: Students will learn Jean’s “quick capture” techniques for drawing in the field, and review a variety of ideas for page composition before venturing outside for a fun drawing session at the Horticulture Farm.
This course is offered as a three part program. Individual classes are not available. Class limit is 12
List of materials that students will need to bring will be supplied. All three sessions: $180
Jean Carlson Masseau is an illustrator, painter, photographer and teacher working for clients nationwide from her Hinesburg studio. She has taught Botanical Illustration for Rhode Island School of Design’s Continuing Education Program and a variety of classes including Nature Drawing and Painting for College of the Atlantic’s Summer Institute. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a major in Illustration.
Preregistration for events always appreciated! Register by Emailing us:
Checks can be mailed in advance:
Friends of the Horticulture Farm
PO Box 64788, Burlington, VT 05406-4788
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Annual Plant Sale Set-up
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JULY 14 & 15
Volunteers will pick up, transport to the Hort. Farm, and mark plants. Join the team and help.
21st Annual Plant Sale
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 10-3
Here’s your chance to find that perfect plant. A wide variety of ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants are donated by gardens and nurseries throughout Vermont for this annual sale. There’s a Silent Auction too. Don’t miss the 9-10 am Members-Only Preview Sale.
Support our friends in the nursery business, here is a map to all our donors:
Map of Nursery Donors
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 9-12
Join Curator Beth Gutwin in caring for our cherished collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Beth will discuss maintenance, pruning, pest and disease management, and provide guidance as we spruce up the collection. Bring gloves and pruning and weeding tools. FREE EMG-E
No events are scheduled in August.
Adventures with Monochromatic Mediums:
The “Values” of Limited Color
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 9-2:30
Using easy-to-draw botanical subjects, discover the beauty that can be achieved through skillful use of a single color. Instruction will focus on value and composition as important concepts, including the use of visual examples to reinforce understanding. Observation tips will facilitate drawing a simple botanical subject, and students will use Walnut Ink to create a unique value drawing. After lunch we will create a limited-palette botanical drawing with colored pencil on toned paper. Emphasis will be on beginner-friendly subjects. All levels welcome. Class limit is 12. List of materials that students will need to bring will be supplied. $85
Design Your Garden with Native Plants
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 6-8
Help protect native pollinators from a decreasing habitat and toxic environments, join Sarah Salatino of Full Circle Gardens and learn how to design and maintain a native plant garden to support our pollinators. Beginning gardeners encouraged to attend. Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
Exploring the Gardens at Hildene
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 10-12
Andrea Luchini, Garden Horticulturist at the Lincoln Family Home, will talk about the gardens and their famous peonies, the grounds, walking trails, their work to attract pollinators, and their new greenhouses. Members $10 Non-members $15
Fall Garden Care
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 10-11:30
Is your garden ready for winter? Learn about bulb planting and top recommended bulbs, late season maintenance in the mixed border, and what to cut and when. This class will be held partly outdoors for hands-on instruction, weather permitting. Members $10 Non-members $15 EMG-E
Farm to Medicine Cabinet
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 9-12
Kate Westdijk, Food Systems Research Specialist at UVM, will take you on a tour of medicinal plants on the Hort. Farm, followed by demonstrations of ways to prepare the plants for your family's medicine cabinet. Recipes included. Members $15 Non-members $20
Winter Preparation Workshop
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 9-12
Spend the morning finding out how to put our Pollinator Garden to bed and to get plants ready for winter. FREE EMG-V EMG-E
Volunteer Appreciation Day
OCTOBER 22, 11-2
An invitation to all our volunteers who have generously donated their time, energy, and expertise to come and celebrate another year at the Hort. Farm. If you are a volunteer, or want to join our volunteer list, please come! Lunch will be served.
Herbal Stocking Stuffers
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 9-12
Join Kelley Robie, of Horsetail Herbs, and learn how to make skin care products from Vermont grown herbs. Keep your skin radiant and healthy with your own blend of Beautiful Bath Salts, Mysterious Massage Oils, Aromatic Aroma Misters and Luscious Lotion. Aromatherapy basics will be discussed while we create these amazing natural products. You’ll go home with recipes, your own hand-made goodies and lots of gift making ideas! Members $20 Non-members $25 Includes materials cost.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 10-12
Make a fresh arrangement for the holiday table with 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 and a pair of pruners. Feel free to bring cuttings from your own garden to use. Class limit is 12. Materials cost included in fee. Members $30 Non-members $40
Pre-registration appreciated, walk in's welcome for most events. To ensure a seat, send an email to : email@example.com
Checks can be mailed in advance to:
Friends of the Horticulture Farm
PO Box 64788, Burlington, VT 05406-4788