Trio of Garden Workshops & Demonstrations

at Tranquil Lake Nursery


Saturdays April 27 May 18

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

Three Topic Related Workshops Each Saturday

Saturday, April 27

Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs, Caring for Tools and Spring Pruning

Saturday, May 18

Distinctive Garden Features: Groves and Sculptured Hedges, Favorite Herbs and Ornamental Plants for Containers, and Hypertufa Containers in the Landscape


A morning of 3 Workshops & Demonstrations

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



Spend one or both educational and fun filled morning at Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 27, or Saturday, May 18 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 spring flowering trees and shrubs, tools and pruning. There will be demonstrations on cleaning and sharpening tools, spring pruning, and selections of small spring flowering trees and shrubs for the mixed border. The second series of workshops suggests distinct garden features to add an element of surprise and interest to the garden. Workshops will highlight sculptural hedges, permanent planters and herbs in containers. 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 spring and summer. 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 April 27

Trio of Garden Workshops : Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs, Caring for Tools and Spring Pruning

10:00 a.m.

Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs for the Mixed Border

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

Discover the beauty and pleasure of early blooming in "Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs for the Mixed Border." They are a welcome sight to weary winter eyes. Landscape Horticulturist Warren Leach will showcase a selection of small statured trees and spring flowering shrubs that will add beauty to the mixed border or entry garden in even the smallest of gardens. He will reveal the multiple seasonality of each from early flowers, to fruit, to fall color and ornamental stems and bark. He will also suggest how these early blooming gems can be integrated into the mixed border or entry garden, or possibly trained as an espalier. The best time to plant a tree is now, as trees take years to mature. Warren will demonstrate planting techniques for both container grown trees and balled and burlaped root balls, reviewing appropriate care including mulching and watering.

11:00 a.m.

Getting Your Tools Ready for Spring: Cleaning Sharpening & More (Bring a Tool)


Steve Cushman, Engineer, Gardener & Friend of Tranquil Lake Nursery


Join nursery friend Steve Cushman of Rehoboth for a lively and ongoing demonstration of “Getting Your Tools Ready for Spring, Cleaning, Sharpening & More.” Steve’s passion for machine tools, farm tools and rebuilding equipment is contagious. Steve maintains his own gardening equipment keeping them always ready for the task at hand. He will show garden visitors how to clean and care for garden tools and sharpen everything from shovels to pruning shears and lawn mowers in his demonstration. Learn the correct angle for sharpening blades and how to keep your tools clean, sharp and efficient. Steve also invites you to bring a garden tool and learn how to sharpen it at home.

12:00 noon

Spring Pruning Demonstration

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


Landscape horticulturist Warren Leach, will discuss how and when to cut back shrubs and trees, ornamental grasses and vines as he takes you through the nursery gardens for a 'Spring Pruning Demonstration". He’ll show you how to cut back trees and shrubs to keep them in scale with the garden, thin out overgrown shrubs and trees, rejuvenate older plantings and prune to promote masses of blooms on certain shrubs in June or late summer. Spring is the best time to prune summer blooming shrubs that flower on new growth. Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' should be cut to the ground to promote billowy clouds of white flowers. Hydrangea paniculata cultivars also bloom on new growth and spring pruning promotes more flowers. Spring is also time to severely cut back and manage certain trees and shrubs to produce exuberant new growth and larger leaves. The smokebush Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ responds to hard pruning with vigorous and luxuriant new leaves. Spring cutting back or pollarding also dramatically increases the size of emerging foliage. These specialized pruning techniques allow you to shape your trees and shrubs, so that they can be used in many versatile ways.




Saturday May 18

Trio of Garden Workshops: Garden Accents: Herbs, Hedges and Hypertufa Containers

10:00 a.m.

Groves and Sculptured Hedges

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

Learn the value of a planted grove in landscape design. Warren Leach, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery, will offer his thoughts on the virtues of a densely planted grove of trees, telling you about how he has used these tree groupings successfully to produce a variety of ornamental and functional benefits in the landscape. He will also offer suggestions and pruning tips for sculpting hedges and sugest a diverse selection of plants that are ideally suited for close groupings and many companions that will complement your new grove in the landscape.

11:00 a.m.

Favorite Herbs and Ornamental Plants for Containers


Debi Hogan, horticulturist & co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery


Growing plants in containers allows the opportunity to add beauty to areas where soils is limited such as on pavement or under shallow rooted trees. It also provides the opportunity to showcase and stage plants with distinctive ornamental qualities while also providing optimum cultural conditions. Herbs and vegetables can also be grown in containers for easy access to the kitchen. Horticulturist Debi Hogan will has been growing herbs and ornamentals in containers and window boxes for more than twenty years. She will discuss soil media, planting tips, and color combinations for creating containers brimming with colorful tropicals, annuals, hardy perennials, and herbs that will embellish any garden or patio all summer long.

12:00 noon

Hypertufa Containers in the Landscape

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


The gardens at Tranquil lake Nursery showcase a variety of planting containers, troughs, waterbasins and even benches sculpted from hypertufa, a mixture of perlite, peatmoss and Portland cement. Once water is added to these combined elements, they can be molded into almost any shape. When dried and cured they offer a permanent garden feature. Learn the recipe and tips for casting and curing. Then meet a variety of small trees, shrubs and ground covers that will last through the winter in these permanent mini-garden containers.



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