Trio of Garden Workshops & Demonstrations

at Tranquil Lake Nursery

 

3 Saturdays

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

Three Topic Related Workshops Each Saturday

Saturday, May 20

Sustainable Garden Practices

Saturday, June 10

Design Ideas for Small Garden Spaces

Saturday, September 30

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 morning at Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Three workshops and demonstrations will be offered that showcase techniques that will help you to hone your gardening skills and improve the look and care of your own garden this fall and through the winter to early spring. The nursery’s garden and landscape experts will share their knowledge and tools of the trade with you through garden talks and demonstrations. There will be demonstrations on sharpening tools, pruning an rejuvenating a mixed border. A garden talk will focus on plant combinations for the autumn garden for a long season of bloom in the mixed border.

 

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 10 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 www.tranquil-lake.com. The directions are available on the website.

 

 

Schedule of Workshops and Demonstrations

 

 

Saturday May 20

Sustainable Garden Practices

10:00 a.m.

Sustaining Your Garden with Tough Hardy Plants That Offer Big Seasonal Impact

  Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery
  Landscape horticulturist and garden designer Warren Leach, will offer a selection of tough yet choice hardy woody and herbaceous plants that will provide a long season of beauty from sun to shade in his garden talk. Warren’s many gardens, including those at Tranquil Lake Nursery are known for their emphasis on unique foliage, plant combinations and a long season of interest. Meet a variety of tough and hardy perennials, vines, grasses, trees and shrubs that will offer multiple seasons of interest in the border, providing fragrant flowers, distinctive foliage, fruits and seeds, attractive and invaluable accents throughout the season. He will also discuss their cultural requirements and offer suggestion placement in the border, plant combinations and more. Plan to add a few more of these tough and sensational garden accents to your borders this year.

11:00 a.m.

Attracting Butterflies and Other Pollinators

  Debi Hogan, horticulturist and Butterfly Gardener
  Debi Hogan will tell you how you can plant a garden that will attract and support butterflies, fritillaries, moths and other herbivorous insects. In doing so, you will be able to enjoy and study the life cycles of these key members of the food web, while also helping to increase biodiversity by providing the food for organisms such as birds, amphibian, reptiles and even mammals. Debi will offer an overview of some of these insects, showing their life cycle and the plants that will attract and feed the adults while also providing food for the caterpillars. She will also suggest gardening practices that will encourage and support these important and beautiful insects.

12:00 noon

Covering the Ground with Plants: A Living Mulch

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

 

 

 

 

Saturday June 10

Design Ideas for Small Garden Spaces

10:00 a.m.

Vertical Accents for Small Gardens

  Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery
  Vertical plants with small footprints

11:00 a.m.

Herbs and Ornamental Plants in Containers

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

12:00 noon

Deceptive Design to Make Small Spaces Look Larger

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

 

 

 

 

Saturday September 30

The Late Season Garden

10:00 a.m.

Autumnal and Vernal Alliances: Plant Combinations for the Mixed Border from Autumn to Early Spring

  Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery
  Warren Leach, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will offer a garden talk on "Autumnal and Vernal Alliances: Plant Combination for the Mixed Border from Autumn to Early Spring. He will focus on plants that you can add to your border now to create pleasing combinations this fall that will last through the winter and into the early spring. Learn how to combine flowers, fall foliage and colorful twigs and fruits to brighten the fall and winter landscape. Early fall is an excellent time to plant and establish plants for the spring garden. Warren will also explore planting combinations of spring bulbs, perennials, and shrubs that will add color to your garden next spring.

11:00 a.m.

Getting Your Tools Ready for Winter Storage, Cleaning Sharpening and More

 

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 Fall, 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

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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