Trio of Garden Workshops & Demonstrations

at Tranquil Lake Nursery

 

4 Saturdays

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

Three Topic Related Workshops Each Saturday

Saturday, April 28

Selecting and Caring for Small Trees

Saturday, May 19

Design Ideas for Small Garden Spaces

Saturday, June 2

Inspiration for the Summer Garden

Saturday, September 29

The Late Season Garden

 

A morning of 3 Workshops & Demonstrations

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

 

 

Spend one or more educational and fun filled mornings at Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on Saturdays, April 28 , May 19, June 2 and/or 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 www.tranquil-lake.com. The directions are available on the website.

 

 

Schedule of Workshops and Demonstrations

 

Saturday April 28

Selecting & Caring for Small Trees and Shrubs

10:00 a.m.

Small Spring Flowering Trees: Selecting and Planting
  Warren Leach, Landscape Horticulturist and Co-Owner, Tranquil lake Nursery
  Discover the beauty and pleasure of early blooming spring flowering trees. They are a welcome sight to weary winter eyes.  Landscape Horticulturist Warren Leach will showcase a selection of small statured trees 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

Advanced Pruning Demonstration: Spring Pruning
  Warren Leach, Landscape Horticulturist and Co-Owner, 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 demonstrating spring pruning. He will 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 the 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 will allow you to shape your trees and shrubs, so that they can be used in many versatile ways.

 

Saturday May 19

Design Ideas for Small Garden Spaces

10:00 a.m.

Vertical Accents for Small Gardens
  Warren Leach, Landscape Horticulturist and Co-Owner, Tranquil lake Nursery
  Vertical plants with small footprints can provide big design impact in small spaces. Landscape horticulturist Warren Leach will explore the use of vines planted on posts to achieve height in the garden, as well as a selection of fastigiate (tall and skinny) trees. He will also recommend pruning and training methods for growing plants on walls and frames.
   

11:00 a.m.

Herbs and Ornamental Plants in Containers
  Debi Hogan, Horticulturist and Co-Owner, 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 p.m.

Deceptive Design to Enlarge the Appearance of Small Garden Spaces.
  Warren Leach, Landscape Horticulturist and Co-Owner, Tranquil lake Nursery
  Landscape horticulturist and garden designer Warren Leach will demonstrate design principles that visually enlarge small spaces. Hew ill show how using patterns and plant forms create foreground and emphasize the background extending the view. He will also discuss how color impacts space. Using the display gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery, he will emphasize these design concepts.

 

 

Saturday June 2

Inspiration for the Summer Garden

10:00 a.m.

Ornamental Trees and Shrubs for the Mixed Border

  Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery
  Horticulturist and garden designer, Warren Leach will share some of his favorite ornamental trees and shrubs for the mixed garden border. Warren's many designed gardens, including those at Tranquil Lake Nursery are known for the emphasis on distinctive woody ornamentals with abundant display, spatial depth and a long season of interest. Meet a variety of common and lesser know 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. Warren will share his design and horticultural knowledge offering inspiration and a palette of choice varieties to add to your garden that will thrive under a diversity of cultural conditions. He will offer suggestions for placement in the border, plant combinations, maintaining plant habit and more. Plan to add a few more of these sensational garden accents to your borders this year.

11:00 a.m.

Sensational Plants With Summer Long Bloom

  Debi Hogan, horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery
  Meet a variety of common and lesser know perennials and shrubs that will offer a long season of bloom in the border, from June through September, some continuing even into the fall. Debi Hogan, horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will recommend plants for both sun and shade. She will also provide insights into cultural requrements and companion plants.

12:00 Noon

Foliage Plants with Color and Texture and a Long Season of Interest

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

 

The gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery are known for their abundant and colorful blooms and distinctive foliage that carries the interest in the garden from early spring throughout the summer and into the fall. Warren Leach, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will explore a diverse palette of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees with foliage and distinctive flowers that add interesting architecture, structure, texture, form, pattern and freshness to the sunny or shady border through the summer and into the fall. He will also offer design tips to help you make pleasing plant combinations using complementary foliage and texture for a long season of garden interest.

 

 

 

 

Saturday September 9

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.

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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