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

Design Your Garden with Native Plants

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
 

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Roses 101
Sep
30
10:00am10:00am

Roses 101

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

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

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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Trees for Posterity
Oct
28
9:00am 9:00am

Trees for Posterity

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

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Herbal Stocking Stuffers
Nov
4
9:00am 9:00am

Herbal Stocking Stuffers

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.

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Winter Centerpiece
Dec
9
9:00am 9:00am

Winter Centerpiece

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
 

 

 

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Sunflower Illustration/Cancelled
Aug
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Sunflower Illustration/Cancelled

This class has been cancelled. We will offer a one day drawing workshop later this year or next spring. Thank you.

 

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.

 

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July Rhododendron Workday
Jul
22
9:00am 9:00am

July Rhododendron Workday

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

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

23rd Annual Plant Sale

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.

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

Invasives Make Bad Neighbors

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

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Drawing Botanicals
Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

Drawing Botanicals

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.

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

June Rhododendron Walk and Talk

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

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

Bloomtime Festival and Open House

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

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Pollinator Garden Workday
May
13
9:00am 9:00am

Pollinator Garden Workday

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

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All About Lilacs
May
6
9:00am 9:00am

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

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Rustic Cedar Workshop
Apr
29
8:00am 8:00am

Rustic Cedar Workshop

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

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

Common and New Pests and Diseases in Gardens and Landscapes

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

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Gardening with Grasses
Apr
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Gardening with Grasses

 

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:

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Pruner’s Workshop
Apr
8
9:00am 9:00am

Pruner’s Workshop

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

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 Crabapple Pruning Workday
Mar
25
9:00am 9:00am

Crabapple Pruning Workday

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

 

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Plant Propagation
Mar
18
9:00am 9:00am

Plant Propagation

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

 

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

The Art of Evergreen Shrubs and Hedges

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

 

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Gardens of Scotland
Feb
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Gardens of Scotland

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

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