ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF GARDENING has always been the connection with other gardeners—meeting you. To make sure I get a proper dose of that this coming season, I’ve scheduled two open days, as usual. But I’ve also increased my calendar of workshops, including some that take place right here in the garden in collaboration with nearby Loomis Creek Nursery, the home of my old friends Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman. A bit more detail, and the year’s events in full:
First, the workshop back story: Last year, Bob Hyland and I started teaching together again, something we hadn’t done in more than a decade, not since our “old lives” in New York City, where he was head of horticulture for Brooklyn Botanic Garden. What started as, “Do you want to do a container workshop at Berkshire Botanical Garden together?” turned into another and another over at his nursery. The bug bit us; we remembered how much fun we have working together this way, so this year’s schedule reflects that.
The April and September workshops begin here with light breakfast, tours and teaching in the garden, then we all head over to Loomis Creek for two-plus hours more learning. Hope to see you at some of the events.
Sunday, March 7 – Reading at Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA, with my sister, Marion Roach Smith, to celebrate Paris Press’ publication of its “Sisters” anthology. 2 PM. Free, but must RSVP to info at parispress dot org. For directions, visit berkshirebotanical.org. We will read from the anthology, and from our own work.
Monday, March 15 – Reading at Arts Center for the Capital Region, Troy, NY, with my sister, Marion Roach Smith, to celebrate Paris Press’ publication of its “Sisters” anthology. 7 PM. Free, but must RSVP to info at parispress dot org. For directions, go to artscenteronline.org. We will read from the anthology, and from our own work.
Saturday, March 27 – Spring Forward: Tips and Techniques for 365 Days of Gardening, workshop by Margaret Roach and Bob Hyland, at Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA; or berkshirebotanical.org, or call 413-298-3926.
Saturday, April 17, 8:30am-1 pm (rain/snow date Saturday, April 24) – Spring Gardening 101 at the garden of Margaret Roach and Loomis Creek Nursery, near Hudson, NY. Hands-on workshop led by Margaret Roach and Bob Hyland with a focus on pruning basics, border cleanup, soil management, spring ephemerals, spring frost protection, cool-season vegetable gardening & more from the experts. Light breakfast included; $45/person with $5 Loomis Creek Cash coupon toward next nursery visit. ***Registration details, bottom of page***
Thursday, April 22, 7:30 pm – Friends of Rocky Hills lecture series, at the Chappaqua (NY) Library, free lecture on “Nonstop Plants: Making a 365-Day Garden.” More information and directions under the Adult Programs tab at the Chappaqua Library site.
Sunday, May 23, 10am-4pm – Garden Conservancy Open Day and Plant Sale – Loomis Creek Nursery on-site plant sale here at the garden featuring plants I grow and love; www.gardenconservancy.org for directions.
Saturday, May 30 (Memorial Day Weekend), 11am-1pm – Contained Exuberance: Container Design Workshop at Loomis Creek Nursery, with Bob Hyland and Margaret Roach. Learn to design and maintain exuberant pots with flowers, foliage, edibles, and woody plants; $18/person with $5 Loomis Creek Cash coupon good toward next nursery visit. ***Registration details, bottom of page***
Saturday, June 19 (Father’s Day Weekend), 11am-1pm – Summer Gardening 101 at Loomis Creek, with Bob Hyland and Margaret Roach – Hands-on workshop with a focus on summer-blooming perennials, shrubs and grasses, timely border-maintenance tips, summer watering strategies, staking and more; $18/person with $5 Loomis Creek Cash coupon toward next nursery visit. ***Registration details, bottom of page***
Saturday, July 3 (4th of July Weekend), 11am-1pm – Container Garden Tune-up at Loomis Creek, with Bob Hyland and Margaret Roach. Refresh and invigorate your container plantings for the summer months; $18/person with $5 Loomis Creek Cash coupon toward next nursery visit.
Saturday, August 21, 10am-4pm – Copake Falls Day; garden open for tours with Loomis Creek Nursery on-site plant sale, plus other local events. Details at www.copakefallsday.org.
Saturday, August 28 – 8 am to 5 pm – Hollister House Garden Study Weekend and plant sale, Washington, CT. My lecture on “The 365-Day Garden” is part of the program; details to follow from www.hollisterhousegarden.org.
Saturday, September 11, 8:30am-1 pm – Shade Gardening 101 at the garden of Margaret Roach and Loomis Creek Nursery. Practical hands-on workshop with approaches for designing, planting and/or rejuvenating a shade border. Light breakfast refreshments included. $45/person with $5 Loomis Creek Cash coupon toward next nursery visit. ***Registration details, bottom of page***
***To register for Loomis events marked with asterisks: Mail a check to “Loomis Creek Nursery,” including names and phone #’s of all registrants OR email firstname.lastname@example.org with name and return phone number to contact for credit card info.