Last week’s snow storm certainly put a damper on Spring’s arrival on Monday. But hope springs eternal as I prepare myself for a fresh, new season of “digging into gardening”. For several years now, I have dreamed of hosting a garden lovers event here in our area. The opportunity to partner with Longfellows Inn and Conference Center, in Saratoga Springs, will now make this garden dream a reality!
Throughout the growing season, I am often asked the same region specific questions. With our relatively short growing season and unpredictable weather patterns here in the North County, gardeners face rather unique challenges. The plethora of gardening “tips” throughout the internet information highway can be confusing or downright incorrect for our region. We all set out to keep our garden fresh and sustainable throughout the season. But making good use of your time and resources means making sensible choices. So I decided it was time to share some of those “sensible and sustainable” practices developed over my 23 year garden tenure here in Saratoga County. My experience with perennials, growing herbs for my restaurant gardens and designing sensory themed gardens gave me inspiration to blend the use of herbs and perennials in a learning experience. I also like to explore healthy eating options and have some fun learning about gardening.
Such is the premise for my first ever Dig Into Gardening Day! On Saturday, May 6th from 9am until 4pm, I will be hosting a unique, first of it’s kind, day-long gardening event featuring my regional gardening work with perennials. I will be partnering with another Master Gardener who specializes in herbs and veggies. Together we will present our top picks and practices for the region. We will also introduce the concept of “Blended Gardens”, designing perennials and herbs together. Special attention to small space design ideas adresses our region’s growing urban lifestyle. Longfellows culinary staff will encourage you to take your garden into the kitchen with herb and spring vegetable demonstrations, tastings and recipes. A fresh, chef-inspired lunch follows.
I also gathered many garden resources that will help you throughout your season. From tools, seeds, design books and live plants, event attendees have a chance to take samples home. The vetted resources are specifically selected for our region! Dehns Greenhouses, Proven Winner, White Flower Farm, Bluestone Perennials, Cobrahead tools, Better Bilt garden trellises, Old Farmers Almanac Garden Planner and Renees Seeds are just a few of the resources and samples that will be available for workshop goers. This is a great way to start your 2017 “Dig into Gardening” experience.
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