Pollinator Workday
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Pollinator Workday

Join Master Gardeners Debbie Wolf-Page and Charlotte Albers to put our Pollinator Garden to Bed, while learning perennial division, transplanting, and best seasonal maintenance practices. Bring gloves and tools. Qualifies for Extension Master Gardener education hours.

 FREE

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Gardens of the Cotswolds
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Gardens of the Cotswolds

England’s Cotswolds region is home to world-renowned estates, including Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate, and Barnsley House. Join garden writer and designer Charlotte Albers for a slide talk about the Cotswolds, and learn how these gardens serve the public’s needs for sustainability and educational outreach today.

Members FREE / Non-members $10

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Create a Winter Centerpiece
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Create a Winter Centerpiece

Make a fresh holiday arrangement with greens and cuttings of wine-red dogwood, fir, pine, cedar, and more. FHF board members and flower gardeners Laurie Fleming and Megan Hartigan will provide materials, instruction and encouragement! Bring pruners and a container for water, and cuttings from your own garden if you wish. Class limit is 12, fee includes materials cost.

Members $30 / Non-members $35

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Gardening with Native Perennials in Mind
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening with Native Perennials in Mind

Join Sarah Salatino of Full Circle Gardens to learn why and how to garden with native plants, from “What really is a native plant?” to leaving with lists of native perennials to try. Get ideas on how to “plant with a purpose” for our pollinators and our future. Qualifies for Extension Master Gardener education hours.

Members FREE / Non-members $10

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Annual Benefit Plant Sale
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Benefit Plant Sale

Find that perfect plant for your garden at our annual plant sale. Select from a wide variety of ornamental trees, shrubs, and perennials generously donated by gardens and local nurseries for our benefit sale. Proceeds from our plant sale support maintenance of our heirloom plant collections and education programs run by the Friends. Members-only Preview Sale 9-10 a.m.

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25th Anniversary Celebration
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

25th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a festive reception

in celebration of our 25th anniversary!

All are welcome ~ $15/person suggested.

R.S.V.P. by June 5th.

In honor of our founders, please consider a special gift to the Founders’ Fund, which is designated for special purposes such as distinctive programming or enhancements to the grounds and collections. Let’s together seed this new fund with $25,000 in this anniversary year!

Founders' fund
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Pollinator Workday
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Pollinator Workday

Learn to identify perennials that support bees and butterflies as you help get the Pollinator Garden ready for the season with curators Debbie Wolf-Page and Charlotte Albers. Bring gloves and tools. Qualifies for Extension Master Gardener education hours.

FREE

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Pruner’s Workshop
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Pruner’s Workshop

Horticulturist Tom Shea will explain the techniques of pruning shrubs and small trees, and how to keep these plants healthy and under control for a long life in your garden landscape. Qualifies for Extension Master Gardener education hours.

Members FREE / Non-members $10

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Passionate Pursuit of Growing Roses
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Passionate Pursuit of Growing Roses

Lifelong rose enthusiast Kristine Struminsky returns to share fundamentals about the different types and classifications of roses, as well as proper selection, planting, and maintenance. If you're frustrated with growing roses, you'll learn some tips to help eliminate that frustration. If you're new to growing roses, you'll leave with simple strategies, knowledge, and the confidence to get started.

Kristine was raised in a Zone 6 rose garden in Rhode Island. When she arrived in Vermont, she was often told to “move elsewhere” if she wanted to grow roses. Instead, she has spent the past eight years experimenting and learning how to adapt to an ever-changing colder climate, and she continues to champion the ability for anyone to successfully grow the “Queen of flowers.”

Qualifies for Extension Master Gardener education hours. Members FREE / Non-members $10

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All About Crabapples
Mar
30
9:00 AM09:00

All About Crabapples

Learn best pruning practices and test your skills in our crabapple collection with instructors Mark Biercevicz and Tom Shea. Q & A on growing, pruning trees for yourself and wildlife, and best heirloom varieties. Bring pruners, gloves, and loppers. Some tools provided. Qualifies for Extension Master Gardener education hours.

FREE

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Winter Pruning: Grape Vines
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Winter Pruning: Grape Vines

UVM research technician Jessica Foster will first explain pruning techniques, then class will gain hands-on experience in the vineyard with grapes trained on a high wire cordon system. Bring pruners if you have them. Class limit is 20. Qualifies for Extension Master Gardener education hours.

FREE

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Beyond Plant Combinations: Building a Garden Framework
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond Plant Combinations: Building a Garden Framework

Help us kick off our 25th Anniversary season with a presentation by Ed Burke, a sought-after garden designer and the owner of Rocky Dale Gardens, one of Vermont’s premier nurseries. Ed will explain his approach to laying out a garden with organization and structure. Plants will be cast into categories that define their qualities and the roles they play in the garden. When plants are considered this way, it helps create a garden that works. A short reception follows.

Members FREE / Non-members $10

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