I PROMISED I WOULDN’T ADD EVEN AN EXTRA TRIP TO THE CURB WITH THE TRASH to my schedule, with all the mowing I have to do, but (big surprise) I layered on a couple of events, and I want to make sure you know about them, in case you are in the Hudson Valley/Berkshires vicinity this summer. Another container-gardening class, a 365-day garden lecture with an extra focus on water gardening and the frogboys, and a tour here in August (that last one you already might know about). Details, details:
Sunday July 12, Containing Exuberance, container-gardening workshop, with Bob Hyland at Loomis Creek Nursery, near Hudson, New York, 11 AM to 1 PM, $5. Bob (did you see him in The New York Times last week?) and I enjoyed our spring duets so much that we have added one to the calendar. Even if you have already planted up your pots, that’s fine; we’re covering design and care and tricks for how to get those pots through to frost looking their best, including editing and adding new elements. Also on the curriculum: how to read potting-soil bags to pick a good medium; how to stage pots into vignettes, and more. Participants get the first crack at 50 percent off on select annuals (a sale that begins after our workshop). Call (518) 851-9801 to reserve.
Sunday July 26, Making a 365-Day Garden, Frogs and All, lecture at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I was thrilled to see that the traveling frog exhibit “Frogs, a Chorus of Colors,” which has received enormous acclaim around the nation, is on view this summer at the nearby Berkshire Museum. I was even more pleased to be invited to speak as part of the festivities. I guess they heard I had a few frogs here. This one-of-a-kind lecture will include my overall “everyday is beautiful outside” garden philosophy with a special focus on water gardens and you-know-who. I expect I will digress into bird-friendly gardens, too, as water’s the key ingredient for both of these beloved creatures. Start time is 3:30 PM, reception to follow (no, the frogboys cannot make it in person; other plans). Tickets are $15 ($10 for museum members), and includes museum admission; available by calling (413) 443-7171, ext. 10, or at the museum.
Saturday August 22, Open Garden Tours at A Way to Garden, to benefit Copake Falls Day, from 10-4, admission free, part of a daylong series of events in my tiny hamlet. Loomis Creek Nursery will also hold a plant sale here featuring things I grow in my garden, as they did for May tours. Who knows what will be featured, but I doubt I can promise the huge rhododendron will rebloom like it did that day (above). Even I have my limits. Now if only I could remember that…