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Weekend Workshops- May 1

April 28, 2010

Paul Lopes dealt with garden pests last Saturday

Once again, thanks for making it out last weekend, we lucked into a beautiful Saturday and most of a Sunday. Whether or not it was worth it for these frigid mid-week temperatures, well that is a tough call. We are plenty busy down here to keep warm, and from the sound of it by this weekend we’ll all be toasty again. So hopefully you all enjoyed the talk with Umass’s Paul Lopes, and used your discount to eat up some of those pansies.  This weekend to celebrate the close of our spring seminar series we are holding two special workshops.

First, at 10 am, is our annual container planting class with our own

A few samples of last year's containers from Dianne's workshop.

Dianne Porcello. Dianne germinates all the plants we grow from seed in our greenhouses and is one of our container specialists. She has a strong eye for visual presentation and the ability to combine it with plants that are suited to each other. Stop on in for a basic lesson on picking a container and the perfect plants to put into it for great seasonal color.

Then at 1 pm we are thrilled to introduce Laurel Landers of “Laurel’s Gardens” – perennial garden design & installation. She will bring her expertise from her landscape design company and her seat on the Wellesley Wetlands Protection Committee to show you how to garden ecologically with native plants. There are many beautiful and prolific plants that grow well in this area and she will show you what many of them are and explain some of the cost and resource efficient reasons to plant them in your home garden. You may be surprised how many of the plants we already have here are perfectly suited to your yard and how by choosing them you make gardening easier.

Both of these workshops are free and as usual attendance provides you with that 10% discount on all your gardening needs for the weekend.

These woodland phlox from White Flower Farm can add a surreal appeal to your perennial garden.

It is still April, so even though the greenhouse is looking great, try to remember it’s still too cold for many of the plants to go outside. We still have plenty of pansies and violas as well as an ever-increasing array of perennials, blooming now and ready to brighten your yard.

Heuchera and lungworts add color to a shady locale.

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