8/18 open day & plant sale, lee reich espalier talk & drip-irrigation workshop
AS PART OF Garden Conservancy Open Day at Margaret Roach’s Copake Falls, NY, garden–including a plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery–guest expert and garden writer Lee Reich will be doing a morning lecture on fruit espaliers, and an afternoon hands-on workshop on how to design and install a drip-irrigation system in your garden.
Signed copies of Lee’s latest book, “The Ever Curious Gardener,”will be for sale at both events.
Both are ticketed events and space is limited. The morning espalier talk and the afternoon irrigation workshop will take place at separate venues on the same road, within a few minutes’ walk of Margaret’s garden; registrants will be sent specific directions via email.
10 am-4 pm: open garden and plant sale
11 am-12:15 pm: lecture on the science, art, fun and tasty fruit of espalier, with lee reich
Espalier is the training of a tree to an orderly, often two-dimensional form; the tracery of the branches themselves adds to the decorative value of the plant. The tree might be free-standing, decorating a wall or fence, or even creating the fence itself! Applied to fruit trees, espalier results in high yields of high quality fruit. This presentation will touch on the theory and the practice behind the pruning and orienting of branches to create an espalier, which fruit plants work best, and the branch pruning and orienting techniques that create and maintain espaliers that look good and yield especially delectable fruit.
This lecture will take place at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, on Route 344 in Copake Falls, just down the road from Margaret’s garden.
1:30-4 pm: hands-on drip irrigation workshop, with lee reich
Learn from Lee Reich to design and install a drip-irrigation system, in a hands-on workshop at the office/guest house garden of Margaret Roach (next door to her home garden).
- Learn the benefits (saves water, bigger yields, healthier plants–and save time since it’s easily automated!)
- Learn to design and install a system
- Participate in a hands-on installation
Sometimes the weather is rainy, sometimes it’s dry. The way to get the best production from your vegetable or fruit plants (or ornamentals or pots…) is with timely watering, and the best way to water is with drip irrigation. Locally and nationally known gardener and garden writer Lee Reich has been growing successfully for many years using drip, and teaching workshops on it, too.
Drip also saves water, makes for healthier plants and fewer weeds, and is easily automated. Learn why drip irrigation works so well, the ins and outs of designing your own system, and participate in a hands-on drip irrigation installation. Limited space, so pre-registration is necessary.
We begin with refreshments and a classroom-style session, then move outside into the garden for the learn-by-doing installation portion of the workshop.
For more on Lee: Read some of Margaret and Lee’s past interviews at this link.)
NOTE: Registrants will be sent location and directions for the classroom part of the event, in Copake Falls, NY.
The hamlet of Copake Falls, NY, celebrates Copake Falls Day that day, and all the other events, from a 5K morning cross-country race to late-afternoon jazz vespers in a historic church, are listed here.