Garden Talks


Saturdays in May and September at 11 a.m.


Saturdays, May 5 & 26 and September 15 & 22

Free and open to the public - Bring a lawn chair.

We will move indoors in case of rain.


Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts will offer four free garden talks on Saturdays in May and September at 11:00 a.m. These workshops are designed to highlight the many plants and plant combinations that bring color, fragrance, texture and interest to your garden from spring through to fall and even into winter. This is your opportunity to learn everything your ever wanted to know about new varieties of perennials, trees and shrubs, deciduous azaleas, plants that will support pollinators and outstanding plants for the fall and winter garden interest. We’ll also offer suggestions for plant combinations that will sustain garden splendor from early spring to frost and beyond. Get your garden ready for a season of glorious bloom that will last through to the autumn.



Saturday, May 5                    What's New in the Garden: Perennials and More

Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery, will showcase "What's New in the Garden: Perennials and More." He will offer an interesting assortment of new varieties of perennials and shrubs as well as some unusual or underused charmers that will really stand out in the garden this year. He will also offer design suggestions and discuss cultural requirements to help you place these garden beauties for maximum effect.


Saturday, May 26                   Native Deciduous Azaleas


Discover the beauty and appeal of "Native Deciduous Azaleas." These delicate and tractive plants make a colorful impact in our gardens with beautiful flowers in spring and early summer. Many are also extremely fragrant. These native beauties also offer attractive foliage that turn brilliantly colored in the fall. Landscape horticulturist, Warren Leach will introduce our to various species and their cultivated cousins, highlighting the attributes of each and cultural requirements. He will also give suggestion for companion plants and design utilization in the garden.


Saturday, September 15          Planting to Support Pollinators in the Late Season


Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will show a host of trees, shrubs, perennials and vines that bloom in the late summer an fall with colorful and fragrant flowers to attract humming birds, bees and butterflies to your garden for the nectar and pollen that provides nourishment. He will also discuss, the plants that native pollinators, such as butterflies and moths need for their larval food, especially native plants. Pollinators play an important role in our lives and habitats, from pollinating the foods that we eat to initiating the development of the seeds that ensure survival of native plants as well as adding a dynamic flourish to our gardens. Warren will also offer tips for adding water and shelter. Make room in your garden for some of these special plants that you can share with pollinators.


Saturday, September 22          Plants That Light Up the Fall Garden


There are numerous trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses and even annuals that come into their own in the fall, providing gorgeous bloom, color, structure and seed heads that ignite the autumn borders. These mature borders can provide some of the most breathtaking moments in the gardening season. Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will explore a diverse selection of perennials, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees with foliage and distinctive flowers that will add to the sunny or shady border through the fall. He will also offer design tips to help you make pleasing plant combinations using complementary foliage and flower color for a long season of garden interest.



At Tranquil Lake Nursery, you will also see more than 8 acres of fields of Siberian Iris and Japanese Iris and daylilies blooming in the fields. The nursery is the largest grower of these beautiful perennials in the northeast, with over 2,000 cultivars of daylilies in our fields. The display gardens showcase the iris and daylilies as well as a diverse selection of perennials, herbs, vines, shrubs, small trees, grasses and tender perennials. All workshops are free and will be held on Saturdays at 11 a.m. (We will move indoors in case of bad weather.) Bring a lawn chair. All plants that are discussed will be available for sale.




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