Trio of Garden Workshops & Demonstrations

at Tranquil Lake Nursery



10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Three Topic Related Workshops Each Saturday

Saturday, September 29

The Late Season Garden


A morning of 3 Workshops & Demonstrations

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



Spend an educational and fun filled mornings at Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on Saturday September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Three workshops will be offered each morning to showcase techniques that will help you to hone your gardening skills and improve the look and care of your own garden this spring and through the summer to come. The first series of workshops will focus on the tree and shrub care, tools and pruning. There will be demonstrations on sharpening tools, spring pruning, and selections of small spring flowering trees for the mixed border. The second series of workshops suggests ideas for design and planting small garden spaces. In June, we’ll look at trees and plants that will provide an inspiring garden all summer long, with long bloom and colorful foliage and texture that will sustain the garden through the summer. Finally, in September we'll celebrate the late season in the garden. The nurseries garden and landscape experts will share their knowledge and tools of the trade with you through workshops, hands-on activities, garden talks and demonstrations.


Plan to spend the whole day and learn how to improve the look of your garden this autumn, while you also get ready for the winter ahead and the spring to follow. You will also have the opportunity to wander among the gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery, where you will see a diverse variety of perennials, grasses, shrubs and vines with late season interest. The gardens include a number of perennial borders, mixed perennial and shrub gardens, an ornamental vegetable garden, a thyme bench, container herb garden, an entry garden, an ornamental grass garden, a pond-side water garden, a bog garden, a dry-scree garden and a reservoir garden with a stone wall that overflows to a drip fountain and a new entry garden.


The nursery also has more than 8 acres of daylilies and Siberian and Japanese Iris in the field. Some of the late blooming daylilies will still be in bloom at the end of September. Tranquil Lake Nursery offers a diverse selection of perennials, herbs, shrubs, grasses and tender perennials. Bring a picnic lunch; we'll provide the drinks. For more information or a schedule, call the nursery at (508) 252-4002 or visit our Web Site at The directions are available on the website.



Schedule of Workshops and Demonstrations




Saturday September 29

The Late Season Garden

10:00 a.m.

Plants for Late Fall and Winter Interest

  Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery
  Garden color and interest need not fade with the first fall frost and may even persist through winter snows. Enhance this often overlooked garden season by adding perennials, grasses, shrubs and small trees that will add color, texture and structure in your borders throughout the fall and into the winter. Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will highlight a variety of uncommon and lesser known late season beauties that will spice up your borders adding late-season blooms, fall foliage effect, colorful twigs and attractive fruit to brighten the fall and winter landscape in his garden talk “Plants for Late Fall and Winter Interest.” He will also offer design suggestions for combining these plants into your borders and protecting them for the winter ahead.

11:00 a.m.

Gifts from the Garden


Debi Hogan, horticulturist and garden educator

  Debi Hogan will use a variety of garden flowers, herbs, grasses, foliage and other collected material in her demonstration "Gifts from the Garden. She’ll show you how to create several quick and easy gifts that will make an ideal for a hostess present, home decoration or children’s activity. Debi is an award-winning flower arranger who has been making wreaths and arrangements of garden flowers and natural materials for more than 25 years.

12:00 noon

Design and Planting Tips for Renovating the Mixed Border

  Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery


Warren Leach, horticulturists and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will offer a demonstration on the techniques for "Designing and Planting Tips for Renovating a Mixed Border." He will demonstrate digging plants from an existing overgrown border, digging and amending the soils, preparing the planting bed and replanting perennials and woody ornamental. He will select new plants to add with special attention to those that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The end result will be a new mixed border display garden.





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