Trio of Garden Workshops & Demonstrations

at Tranquil Lake Nursery


Saturday May 18

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

Three Topic Related Workshops Each Saturday

Saturday, May 18

Distinctive Garden Features


Two mornings 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 on Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Three workshops will be offered 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 series of workshops suggests distinct garden features to add an element of surprise and interest to the garden. Workshops will highlight groves, sculptural hedges, and herbs in pots and hypertufa containers. The nurseries garden and landscape experts will share their knowledge and tools of the trade through workshops, hands-on activities, garden talks and demonstrations.


Plan to spend the whole day and learn how to get your garden ready for a summer of glorious bloom. 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. Tranquil Lake Nursery is the largest grower of these plants in the northeast, with more than 2,000 cultivars of daylilies and more than 300 varieties each of Siberian and Japanese Iris. Tranquil Lake Nursery offers a diverse selection of perennials, herbs, shrubs, grasses and tender perennials. 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 May 18

Distinctive Garden Features

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 for Containers and Herbal Potions

  Debi Hogan and Casey Downes, 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. Many common herbs can also be used to make useful oils, salves and tinctures. Casey Downs, who has been working at Tranquil Lake Nursery recently started an on-line herb business She will show you how she makes a few of the herbal items on her menu.

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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