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GARDENING TOGETHER WORKSHOPS  We’re all in this gardening thing together, and learning from one another as we go. In 2014, we will again host a series of Saturday morning workshops at 10 am that we call “Gardening Together”. We’ll keep the workshops short and to the point, but you may want to bring along lawn chairs. All except for the fairy garden workshop will be free. More details will come soon.

April 26 - 10 am   Pruning 101: Your shrubs can perform so much better with some regular, simple pruning. Rich and Dave will discuss when and how to prune various shrubs, including hydrangeas, lilacs, spiraeas, and several others. 

May 3 - 10 am    New Plants for 2014: The Hornbakers will show off new plants for this year, and tell why we are excited about them. We are so excited we want to treat you to breakfast! Join us at 9:30 for a free breakfast before learning about the new hostas, daylilies, perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs for 2014.

May 10 - 10 am    Veggies R Us: Rich and Dave are avid vegetable gardeners. This workshop is geared to the inexperienced gardener who wants some general guidance on how to get started and what and when to plant different veggies. You can produce a lot of veggies in a small space.

May 17 - 10 am    Outdoor Photography: We are thrilled to have Mike Vaughn here to share tips and techniques on taking photos outdoors. Mike is well known locally for his outstanding photos of sporting events, wildlife and outdoor beauty. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned photographer, you are sure to pick up some great ideas.

SUNDAY May 18 - 1 pm   Bonus Workshop!  Kathy O’Malley on color in the garden without flowers: WGN Radio personality (of Kathy and Judy fame), avid gardener, and our friend, Kathy O’Malley, will share her ideas on having color in the garden using foliage. Kathy is a knowledgeable and experienced gardener and is always fun to listen to. (Catch the Kathy and Judy Show on WGN Radio 720 AM on Saturday mornings from 10:00-12:00.) 

May 24 - 10 am and 2 pm    Miniature Gardens:   This is a hands-on workshop for all ages in which you will learn how to create and care for your very own miniature garden. Molly will provide information on how to get started and assist you along the way. You simply bring your creativity for this cute and fun workshop! Fee includes your container, soil, and plants. You pick out and purchase your choice of miniature accessories, at a special 20% discount for workshop participants. Reservations are required, so please call to reserve your spot. Be sure to specify the morning or afternoon session. Fee: $30. This Miniature Garden workshop will also be offered on Saturday, June 28 at 10 am and Saturday, September 20 at 2 pm. 

May 31 - 10 am   Ask an arborist: When we have a tree question, we ask local arborist Dennis Taylor. Now is your chance to listen to Dennis talk about the basics of tree care, and ask him any questions you might have on plant healthcare, selection, installation, diseases and insects, corrective pruning, tree enrichment, and root issues.

June 7 - 10 am   Perennials to attract hummingbirds and butterflies: You can attract more hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden by simply planting the appropriate plants. Molly will show you these plants and discuss their relative merits and unique features of each.

June 14 - 10 am   Pruning Perennials with Jane MorrisJane Morris, previously our head gardener for 12 years, says that early June is the ideal time to take out the pruners to pinch and cut back perennials to control height and shape and make for sturdier, more floriferous plants, thus preventing sprawling plants and the need to stake. This continues to be one of our most popular workshops for our customers, as well as our employees! Jane has her own business, The Garden Governess, advising clients on pruning and other general gardening techniques and timing. 

June 14 - 1 pm   Basic Garden Design with Jane Morris:The basics of good garden design are the same whether a person is planning and planting a small intimate area next to their patio, or a two acre property. Learn about form, line, texture, color, repetition, contrast, focal points and more to create an outdoor space you love. Learn how to use all types of plants: annuals, perennials, evergreens, shrubs and trees, and man-made items to bring these design basics to life.



We are excited to announce upcoming art workshops by Melody Best here at the gardens. Melody is a fine art instructor in oil, watercolor and acrylics, teaching landscape, still-life painting and botanical illustrations through workshops in Connecticut and worldwide. Her interest in the arts has also led to her involvement in many art associations, managing art exhibits, membership and sponsor drives and exhibit calendar events.  

Theorem Painting Class Details: There couldn’t be a faster and easier way to learn how to  paint than using this early 19th century technique of painting.  You will learn how to use paint, color and how to use value in creating a realistic painting of flowers and fruit.  Using Melody’s templates and painting materials, you will create a finished painting (or 2) to frame or give as gifts.


Saturday, May 3, 2014: Mother/Daughter Theorem Class. Early session 10-12:30 or afternoon session 1-3:30. $45 covers both people. All materials provided.

Saturday, May 24, 2014: Floral Watercolor Painting Class. 10 am – 3 pm. Cost $65. Bring a bag lunch and your own watercolor supplies. Beverages and snacks provided. A watercolor supply list is available. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014: Theorem Painting Class 10 am – 4 pm. Complete 2 pieces. Bring a bagged lunch. Cost $65. All materials provided.