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A little catch up for a busy week

April 3, 2011

Inspiration from the garden: Susan Stewart, a Volante's employee, quilted this miniature piece many years ago. The vintage piece shows the beauty of early spring, bringing the garden inside with a tidy pansy inspired print. Come on down and see what you are inspired to do, and share it with us!

Hopefully you are enjoying the weekend, post nor’easter and all. We are finally open for business and doesn’t it feel good? If you haven’t been in to see us for your spring time fix yet, now is the time to stop down.

Maybe you checked in at the Native Plant Symposium we co-sponsored at Olin College last week. Thanks a lot for coming by and getting information on how to plant responsibly chosen plants.

Or perhaps you caught us on WBZ earlier this week. Dave Volante was interviewed as concerns from the Japan nuclear tragedy have begun to spark fears here in Massachusetts.Click photo or here to watch: WBZ rainwater video.

Or if you were really on top of things you made it down for our first weekend workshop, this one on Pruning. If not, be prepared every Saturday in April we will offer a free morning workshop on a timely gardening topic. Next week’s will be on perennials, and future ones will be on container gardening and vegetable growing. While we think you should come down just for the free enlightenment, I would be remiss to avoid mentioning the discount coupons that we also hand out to attendees. What this means is if you are going to be mulching at noon on a Saturday, take the time to have coffee with us at 10. get it? good.

Mike McDermott leads our first spring workshop on shrub and rose pruning. Next week's 10am workshop is Early Color Perennials with Special Guest Speaker Matt Griswold, owner and perennial expert from Judge's Farms in Old Lyme, CT.

Lee and Dave getting a breath of fresh air above Greenhouse 1.

What else is happening? The journey to a new farm stand continues. You might have noticed the new view from Central Ave lately. Greenhouse 1 is nearly gone, gutted inside and stripped on the out. It is hard to tell if it is the paint chips or the wooden rafters that are holding the rest together right now. As soon as this house disappears you’ll have the first clear view of Greenhouse 2 in it’s nearly 30 years, and a short one it will be, we just filled it with petunias this week and the minute the last of them is sold, down it comes as well.

Anyone seen Jonah?

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