23rd Annual Plant Sale
Jul
15
10:00 am10:00

23rd Annual Plant Sale

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Looking for that perfect plant for your garden?  A wide variety of ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants are donated by gardens and nurseries throughout Vermont for our annual sale.  There’s a Silent Auction, and a Members-Only Preview Sale from 9-10 am.

July Rhododendron Workday
Jul
22
9:00 am09:00

July Rhododendron Workday

  • UVM Horticulture Center

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 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

Sunflower Illustration
Aug
19
1:00 pm13:00

Sunflower Illustration

  • Jeffords Hall, UVM

Jane Neroni will teach you to draw and paint the Sunflower.  Sunflowers are a member of the composite family and are not just one flower, but many dozens of tiny flowers that are found in its “head”.  They support a large number of insects, both living within the flowers and visiting for nectar and pollen.   Join us as we study the sunflower, and learn the many ways to draw and paint it in pencil, pen, watercolor and colored pencils. 

$85 Class limit is 12. 
Students should bring a #2 pencil and a black pigma micron .01 pen, available at Michael's or the UVM book store. Other materials will be provided.

This class will meet on campus, in Jeffords Hall, not at the Hort. Farm. Directions will be sent to Registrants.

 

Design Your Garden with Native Plants
Sep
23
10:00 am10:00

Design Your Garden with Native Plants

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Local farmer and landscape architect Jane Sorensen will discuss the role and status of pollinators and how to select, create or enhance their habitat in your landscape; including selecting 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” Members FREE Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours
 

Roses 101
Sep
30
10:00 am10:00

Roses 101

  • UVM Horticultuer Center

Lifelong rose enthusiast Kristine Struminsky will teach you the basics of roses and how to care for them, varieties, colors, soil conditions, planting tips, and diseases. Members FREE
Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

Become a Citizen Scientist & Learn about Invasive Plants
Oct
11
6:00 pm18:00

Become a Citizen Scientist & Learn about Invasive Plants

VT Forests, Parks & Recreation has a citizen science project that provides a baseline of data on invasive plants for landowners and towns. The data will be invaluable for identifying opportunities for prevention, education, project prioritization and efficient use of volunteer energy and public and private resources. Join FPR staff, Elizabeth Spinney, to learn about this exciting project, and how you can make a difference! 

Members FREE
Non-members $10
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Winter Preparation Workshop
Oct
14
9:00 am09:00

Winter Preparation Workshop

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Spend the morning finding out how to put our Pollinator Garden to bed and to get plants ready for winter. FREE

 

Trees for Posterity
Oct
28
9:00 am09:00

Trees for Posterity

  • UVM Horticulture Center

The long term survival of trees in the urban landscape results from proper selection, planting, and maintenance practices. Arborist V.J. Comai of Bartlett Tree Experts will cover site evaluation, choosing the right tree for the right place, best planting practices, and follow up care to ensure that the trees that you plant will be enjoyed for generations to come. Members FREE Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

Herbal Stocking Stuffers
Nov
4
9:00 am09:00

Herbal Stocking Stuffers

  • UVM Horticulture Center

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.

Annual Meeting
Nov
11
12:00 pm12:00

Annual Meeting

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Members of The Friends of the Horticulture Farm will convene to review the year’s successes, hear about on-site research, and discuss future plans.  
Pot luck and refreshments served. All are Welcome!

Winter Centerpiece
Dec
9
9:00 am09:00

Winter Centerpiece

  • UVM Horticulture Center

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 $35
 

 

 


Invasives Make Bad Neighbors
Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Invasives Make Bad Neighbors

  • UVM Horticulture Center

The emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle are moving fast! Come learn how to identify these insects and prepare for their unwanted arrival.  Meredith Whitney, with the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program, will offer the latest information on the US distribution, biology, and management of these two invasive insects. 

FREE

Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

Drawing Botanicals
Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

Drawing Botanicals

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Drawing Botanicals

SATURDAY JUNE 10 & 17, 10am to 1pm, SUNDAY June 18 2pm-4pm

Painter Jane Neroni will teach you how to observe and draw plant life.  Observational drawing is drawing exactly what you see.  There is something in the physical act of drawing, the coordination of hand, eye and plant, that reveals an entirely new way of seeing.  Working with fresh flowers and plants we will learn specific skills for drawing using line, shading and color in pencil, ink and watercolor. 

No experience is necessary

This course is offered as a three part program.  Individual classes are not available  Class limit is 12.  All three sessions: $180.

Materials: a separate materials fee of $20 will be collected at the first class. Materials are purchased by the instructor and distributed to students.

Instructor Bio-

Jane Neroni has taught drawing and painting classes in Massachusetts, Rhode Island (Rhode Island School of Design), and Vermont.  She now teaches Drawing and Painting Botanicals for the University of Vermont.  Her paintings have been shown at the Bryan Gallery, The Fisk Gallery, the Gruppe Gallery, Basin Harbor and at the Newport Museum of Art. She holds a Masters in Art Education from City University of NY and a certificate in Natural Science Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.

June Rhododendron Walk and Talk
Jun
3
2:00 pm14:00

June Rhododendron Walk and Talk

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Rhododendron Walk and Talk

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 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.   Rain date is June 4.  Members FREE Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

Bird Walk with Maeve Kim
May
28
7:30 am07:30

Bird Walk with Maeve Kim

Come join leading VT birding expert Maeve Kim at the Hort Farm May 28 at 7:30am for a leisurely bird walk during peak songbird migration. Sure to be informative and fun. All levels welcome. $5 donation suggested. We will collect at the event.

Bloomtime Festival and Open House
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Bloomtime Festival and Open House

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Bloom-Time Festival and Open House

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 10-1

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, Plein Air Painters and plant sales by the UVM Greenhouses and Chittenden County Chapter of the Master Gardeners. Don't miss this annual event! Join us--rain or shine!  FREE

Pollinator Garden Workday
May
13
9:00 am09:00

Pollinator Garden Workday

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Pollinator Garden Workshop  

SATURDAY May 13, 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.   FREE Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

All About Lilacs
May
6
9:00 am09:00

All About Lilacs

  • UVM Horticulture Center

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.  Members FREE Non-members $10
Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

Rustic Cedar Workshop
Apr
29
8:00 am08:00

Rustic Cedar Workshop

  • UVM Horticulture Center

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

Common and New Pests and Diseases in Gardens and Landscapes
Apr
22
9:00 am09:00

Common and New Pests and Diseases in Gardens and Landscapes

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Ann Hazelrigg will review some of the common insect and disease problems in Vermont’s last growing season.  She will also update you on recent disease and insect arrivals to the area and what may be showing up on Vermont doorsteps soon. Members FREE Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

 Spring Collections Workday
Apr
15
9:00 am09:00

Spring Collections Workday

  • UVM Horticulture Center

It’s time to wake up our gardens and get them ready for our fabulous Bloom-Time Festival and Open House in May.  Help us with the spring cleanup of our fabulous collections while gaining garden tips from our curators.  Bring your gloves, pruning shears and a trowel.  FREE

 

Gardening with Grasses
Apr
12
6:00 pm18:00

Gardening with Grasses

  • UVM Horticulture Center

 

Silvia Jope, owner of Old World Garden Design and landscape designer with Gardener's Supply will talk about using ornamental grasses in home landscapes. Come learn about her favorite varieties, why they work, how to use them successfully in combination with shrubs and perennials, and how to extend the season with fall color.  

Members FREE Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

Non-FHF members are welcome to pay at the door, $10 cash or check, or register and pay online:

Pruner’s Workshop
Apr
8
9:00 am09:00

Pruner’s Workshop

  • UVM Horticulture Center

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.  
Members FREE Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

 Crabapple Pruning Workday
Mar
25
9:00 am09:00

Crabapple Pruning Workday

  • UVM Horticulture Center

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 Qualifies for Master Gardener Volunteer Hours

 

Plant Propagation
Mar
18
9:00 am09:00

Plant Propagation

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Have a special plant and want more of it to share with your family and friends?  Join Dr. Mark Starrett of UVM’s Plant and Soil Science for this interactive workshop where you will learn how to propagate plants from seeds, cuttings, by air layering and grafting!  This will be a hands-on demonstration with live plants and step-by-step instructions for successful results.  Members FREE Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

 

The Art of Evergreen Shrubs and Hedges
Mar
11
9:00 am09:00

The Art of Evergreen Shrubs and Hedges

  • UVM Horticulture Center

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 FREE Non-members $10 Qualifies for Master Gardener Education Hours

 

Vermont Flower Show 2017
Mar
3
Mar 5

Vermont Flower Show 2017

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 3-5 at the Champlain Valley Expo
Visit us at our booth in “Neverland”, and discover the dreams of the Horticulture Farm.

Gardens of Scotland
Feb
8
6:00 pm18:00

Gardens of Scotland

  • UVM Horticulture Center

Despite sharing the same latitude as Labrador, Scotland’s gardens offer an unrivaled treasure trove of plant diversity. Join Horticulturist and Garden Designer Paul Wieczoreck as we explore four great gardens in this plant lover's paradise . 

Members FREE, Non-members $10