2018 Calendar & Holiday Schedule
The nursery and gift shop are open from early May to mid-September, 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday. The Tea Garden is open from 12:00 to 4:00, Memorial Day weekend to September 3. We are closed on Mondays (excepting open on select holiday Mondays, see below)
May 5, Saturday – Nursery and gift shop open for the season.
May 13, Sunday – Mother’s Day Tea.
May 26, Saturday – Tea Garden opens for the regular season.
May 28, Memorial Day Monday hours – Nursery and shop are open 10-2:00. Tea Room in closed.
June 17, Sunday – Father’s Day Tea.
July 4, Independence Day, Wednesday– Nursery and Tea Garden are open full hours
September 3, Labor Day Monday: Last open day for Tea Garden. Nursery and Shop open 10-5
September 22, Saturday– Last scheduled open day for Nursery and Shop. Thereafter we are open by chance or appointment, and generally here when the weather is fair.
Mother’s Day Tea, May 13, 11-4:00 There will be a special menu for the day, and complimentary flowers for every mum. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.
May 17 & May 24 – Botanical Illustration with Eva Alexander. EVENT CANCELLED, WILL BE RESCHEDULED. With careful observation and the benefit of illustration techniques you will, under her experienced tutelage, gain skill in how to capture the essence of plants, using simple pen and pencil. This two-part workshop meets later in the day, when the garden is quiet. $45 (plus additional $15 for materials if needed, by advance request.)
June 2 – Wild and Woodland Plant Identification Walk (9-10:30 am)– A relaxed stroll along the field edge, into the woods and then down to the Lamoille River, identifying wild plants and trees along the way. Free.
June 10, 17, 24 and July 1 – Jude’s Bee Garden Volunteer Project – on four Sunday mornings, from 10 –12 am. It was Judith’s great desire to install a new demonstration bee garden here, and we could use your help making it a reality. Laying out and preparing paths, beds, and nesting habitat, planting annuals and perennials, helping with fencing, there will be tasks for all. I intend that this be educational, and fun too! Please contact Rachel for info.
Free Sunday Garden Tours at 12:00 From early-June to mid-August. Tours last around 45 minutes. No charge. (Tours are daily at 1:00 pm during Phlox Fest)
June 16 – Wild Edible Plants (9-10:30 am) – So many plants growing in the fields and woods are perfectly edible, and tasty too, and some of the best are garden weeds. We’ll taste some, and talk about identification, and cooking too. Free.
Father’s Day Tea, June 17, 11:30-4:00 Croquet will be set up on the lawn, and there will be complimentary boutonnieres or flowers for dads. Reservations recommended.
June 30 – Planting for Pollinators (9-10:30 am)– Pollinating insects are hugely important, and it is a wise idea to consider their needs in our home landscapes, especially when growing fruits and vegetables. We will look at ‘bee’ favorite plants here, talk about establishing bee havens, and get to know some of the insects. Free.
July 14 – Butterfly Gardening with Judy Bellairs (9-10:30 am) – It is not enough to only have nectar-flowers in your garden to attract and support butterflies, but the garden needs larval plants too, plus good habitat. Judy is an expert on all the pieces needed for a true butterfly garden.
Phlox Fest, the 16th Annual, Sunday, July 29 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
Always the first two weeks in August, when masses of Phlox will be in bloom. Daily garden tours at 1:00 pm with Rachel or guest speaker. Cutflower display of Phlox cultivars. Door prizes. All events are free. See the Phlox Fest page for details.
July 28 – Woodland Walk (9-10:30 am)– see description above.
August 18 – Bee Safari with John Hayden of The Farm Between (9-11 am) – Oh, this is going to be fun! As a fruit farmer, John has become an expert on attracting pollinators to his own farm, through purposeful plantings and creation of habitat, and this attention to their needs has led to increases in yield. Over the years, John has learned to identify many different species of pollinators and native bees (of which we have 270 in Vermont), and during the safari we will be closely studying whatever we find flying in the fields, and learning their names and ways. ($10 charge).