a sunny debut: workshops in the garden
PRUNING, DIVIDING, EDGING, MULCHING, AND WISECRACKS were on the program yesterday when Bob Hyland and I began Season 2 of the workshop series we’d debuted in 2009, renewing our long-ago teaching partnership. But this year, we tried something different: We met for breakfast and class time in my garden, before caravanning over to his Loomis Creek Nursery—where all last year’s events were held—for the second half. The recap, and the rest of the year’s schedule:
I wasn’t prepared for how energizing the experience of actually teaching in the garden would be. (That’s me in a mass of Hylomecon and Stylophorum, top photo, talking about how to get Eranthis to colonize; below Bob and I are crawling around repairing messy edges of a bed).
I have loved being a Garden Conservancy Open Days tour host for a dozen or so years; it’s so valuable to see how people see your garden—how they move through it, what attracts their attention. But even after all that experience with “company,” this was something special.
Doing the show-and-tell was great fun, especially because the group of 30 students came prepared with questions that really got us thinking (and making matching arm gestures; we may become twins by season’s end). Thanks to all who attended, and I hope to see some of the rest of you at the season’s remaining classes.
Thanks also to Erica Berger Photography for the pictures of me and Bob.
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 below
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 below
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, 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 below
***To register for Loomis events marked with asterisks: Mail a check to “Loomis Creek Nursery,” including names and phone numbers of all registrants OR email firstname.lastname@example.org with name and return phone number to contact for credit card info.