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2015 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.

TO REGISTER
Please RSVP for events to ensure space.  Email to info@friendsofthehortfarm.org.
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
MG-V = These events have been approved for VOLUNTEER hours

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January

Gardens of Paris
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 6-8

Explore the famous parks and gardens of Paris in this visual tour presented by garden designer Charlotte Albers.  Large and small hidden gems, filled with classical design details, romance, history, and great architecture, will transport you to the City of Light. 
Members $10  Non-members $15


February

Starting and Managing Your Own Bee Hive
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 6-8

Certified Beekeeper 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.   EMG-E
Members $10  Non-members $15

NOTE: Location Change, this event will be held at the Vermont Commons School, which is right outside the farm gate. Address:75 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403

 

The 2015 Vermont Flower Show
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 28, MARCH 1

Visit us at our booth and discover the “Spring Reflections” of the Horticulture Farm. 

 

March

Crabapple Pruning Workday
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 9-1

Test your pruning skills on the Hort. Farm’s Crabapple Collection with Curator Mark Biercevicz. Basic instruction. Bring pruners, gloves, loppers. Some tools provided. EMG-V

 

The Science of Soil Health  
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 9-12

Joel Tilley, Research Specialist at UVM Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab will cover basic soil science and how it relates to plant nutrition and soil health; topics will include pH, organic matter, soil texture, how to test soils and interpret test results. EMG-E
Members $10  Non-members $15   

 

April

Pruner’s Workshop  
SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 9-12

Jeff Young, a long-time 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.  EMG-E
Members $10  Non-members $15 

 

Plants for Problem Places
WEDNESDAYS IN APRIL, 6-8

Do you know what plants to choose for your garden areas?  Horticulturist Sarah Salatino of Full Circle Gardens will help you make your way through all the situations in your gardens and find the best plants for each condition—sun, shade, wet, dry.  Help is here!

  April 1  All Kinds of Sunny Situations
  April 8  Plants for Shady and Dry Situations
  April 15  Plants for Shady and Wet Situations. 

Bring questions and garden problems to discuss this evening. This course is offered as a three evening program.  Individual classes are not available.  EMG-E
All three evenings $45

 

Northern Gardening Symposium
April 11, 9-3
Vermont Technical College, Randolph VT
FHF co-sponsors this event.  EMG-E

 

Early Spring Workday
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 9-12 & 1-4

The new Wildlife Habitat Garden is waiting for some soil amendment and gentle care for new plants. EMG-V

 

SPECIAL SEMINAR:

Rodney Eason

Director of Horticulture, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Boothbay, Maine

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 6-8pm

Location: Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St., South Burlington

In his talk, Eason will explore some of the different ways that garden and landscape designers are changing our ideas about gardens and landscapes, pushing plants to “center stage art.”  He will illustrate his talk with exciting examples including evocative landforms, “greenwalls” and edible plants.This event is presented by The Friends of the Horticulture Farm and the Hardy Plant Club.  Admission is $10 per person at the door

 

May

All About Lilacs
SATURDAY,MAY 2, 9-12

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 maintenance.  EMG-E
Members $10  Non-members $15

 

The Art of Evergreen Hedges
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 5:30-7:30

Jeff Young, a long-time park maintenance 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.  EMG-E
Members $10  Non-members $15 

 

Workday on Collections
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 9-12 & 1-4

Help to prepare the fabulous collections in time for our May 16 Bloom-Time Festival & Open House. Bring gloves, pruning shears, weeding tools. EMG-V

 

Bloom-Time Festival & Open House
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 10-3, 

Welcome spring with a tour of lilacs, flowering crabapples, magnolias and more at our 20th annual festival.  UVM Greenhouse and Master Gardener perennial and annual plants for sale, and special this year: a Bird Walk with Maeve Kim at 8:00 am.  Also presentations on composting, invasive species, and monarch butterflies.  Come rain or shine!
FREE

 

Why Ferns Are Like a Persian Carpet
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 6-8

David Barrington, UVM Professor of Plant Biology, will introduce the evolution of Vermont ferns, a diverse and remarkably innovative plant group with a deep history and dramatic success in the modern world.  EMG-E
FREE

 

June

Botanical Illustration
SATURDAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 6 & 7,  9-12
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 6-8

Illustrator Jean Carlson Masseau will teach you the basics of drawing botanical subjects from life and a simple, effective way to apply color with watercolor paints.  Students of all levels welcome. 

Sessions 1 and 2:  UVM Campus, June 6 & 7, 9-12.  Studio work begins with visual inspiration, reviewing examples of botanical art.  Students learn specific observation skills that facilitate the drawing process, working with live and dried flowers. After achieving a likeness in pencil, students learn Jean’s watercolor technique and paint part or all of their drawing.

 Session 3: Hort. Farm  June 10, 6-8.  Day three will be practicing Jean’s “quick-capture” techniques when drawing in the field on site at the Hort. Farm.

This course is offered as a three part program.  Individual classes are not available.  Class limit is 12
All three sessions: $175   Materials cost $15

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. 

 

Edible Forest Gardens
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 9-12

Join Meghan Giroux from Vermont Edible Landscapes and learn how to design, establish and maintain edible ecosystems that mimic the function of natural forests. Explore different plant materials including herbs, perennial vegetables, fruits and berries to increase biodiversity, utilize plants that accumulate nutrients, and create habitat for beneficial insects.  EMG-E
Members $10  Non-members $15 

 

Growing Orchids
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 6-8

Dr. Mark Starrett from UVM’s Plant and Soil Science Department will share his 30 years of orchid growing expertise with you. He will focus on the easiest orchids to grow at home without a greenhouse, and he will provide details on containers, potting media, watering, fertilizing, and light conditions to help your orchids thrive.  EMG-E
FREE

 

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:

Friends of the Horticulture Farm
PO Box 64788, Burlington, VT 05406-4788

Be sure to include the workshop title you are signing up for.

Click here for directions to the Hort Farm.

 

 July

Annual Plant Sale Set-up
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, JULY 17, 18

Volunteers will pick up, transport to the Hort. Farm, and mark plants.  Join the team and help.

 

21st Annual Plant Sale
SUNDAY, JULY 19, 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.

 

Garden Tour at Marijke Niles Perennial Gardens
JULY 25, 10-1

“Magical, inspirational, whimsical” describe the gardens of Marijke Niles.  She will conduct a tour of her 40+ gardens located in a spectacular mountainous setting. Low maintenance gardens with nature-nourishing native plants and hardy succulents attract large numbers of birds, bees, beneficial insects and an occasional moose and fox.  After the tour, Marijke will demonstrate container gardening with succulents.  Bring your own container to create yours. Picnic in the gardens after the tour.  Spring water and lemonade will be served, and field grown hardy perennials will be available for sale.
Members $20  Non-members $25

 

August

No events are scheduled in August.

 

September

Enhancing Pollinator Habitat in Your Garden.

NOTE THIS EVENT HAS A NEW DATE.  Moved from 9/12 to 9/26
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 9-12

Farmer and landscape architect Jane Sorensen will discuss how to select plants for pollinators that are well-suited for gardens and those for meadows, and how to establish and maintain a pollinator habitat “to keep the landscape alive."  EMG-E
Members $10  Non-members $15

 

October

All About Bird Watching
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 6-
8
Bird watching is one of the fastest growing pastimes in North America, with over 200 species of birds nesting in Vermont.  Maeve Kim will show photos of Vermont birds in her “Intro to Birding”class, and tell you what you need to get started in birding, including tools, resources, and hotspot locations.  She’ll follow this with “Fall Migration of Vermont Ducks, Geese & Raptors” to round out the evening.
Members $10  Non-members $15

 

Farm to Medicine Cabinet
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 10-12

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.   EMG-E
Members $10  Non-members $15

 

Last Workday at the Farm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 9-12

Spend the morning finding out how to put our Wildlife Habitat Garden to bed and to get it ready for winter. Bring your tools. EMG-V

 

November

Herbal Stocking Stuffers
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 9-12

Join Denise Quick, former FHF board member, to learn how you can make lip balms and skin care products at home, some from Vermont grown herbs.  Along with recipes, you will take home three items made during the workshop.
Members $10  Non-members $15  Materials cost $10

 

December

Winter Centerpieces
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
MORNING 9-12 OR AFTERNOON 1-4

Instructor Charlotte Albers will help you 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 and a pair of pruners.  Feel free to bring cuttings from your own garden to use.
Class limit is 12  Materials cost included.
Members $30  Non-members $40   

To register, 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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