On Saturday September 8, 2018

Event Time 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

“A Passion For Plants”

Be inspired by a day long symposium featuring:

Sarah Price – one of Britain’s most prominent garden designers on “Plants First”
Kelly Norris – award-winning plantsman and author on “Planting on the Wild Side”
Lynden Miller –  public garden designer on “Beatrix Farrand:Inspiration and Mentor”
Taylor Johnston and Ed Bowen – of Issima on “The Cutting Garden Reimagined”
Barbara Paul Robinson – passionate gardener and author of “Heroes of Horticulture”

The symposium will be moderated by Edwina vonGal

Each reservation includes continental breakfast and lunch at the symposium and cocktails and preview buying at the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants at Hollister House Garden.

Click here for event details.

The symposium is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please call the office at 860-868-2200. Please note that if places become available it would likely be in the two weeks immediately prior to the event.

Patron $500 – includes invitation to the speaker dinner on Friday evening at Hollister House Garden and reserved seating at the symposium. ($200 of this ticket is a contribution to the HHG Education Fund and tax deductible)
Friend $190 – Hollister House Garden and Garden Conservancy members
Non-members $225

If you must cancel your reservation please notify us as soon as possible so we may make your space available to others. If you notify us before August 1 we will refund your registration less a 25% administrative fee. We can not offer refunds after August 1

Preview Buying at the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants and Cocktails in the Garden

On Saturday September 8, 2018

Event Time 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Enjoy cocktails in the garden and the opportunity to shop at the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants
before it opens to the general public on Sunday.


Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for late season planting from some of the Northeast’s premier specialty nurseries.

Vendors include:

Broken Arrow Nursery Hamden, CT
Battle Hill Forge Millerton, NY
Cricket Hill Garden Thomaston, CT
Falls Village Flower Farm Falls Village, CT
Garden Vision Epimediums Templeton, MA
Issima Little Compton, RI
McCue Gardens Wethersfield, CT
Meadowbrook Gardens New Milford, CT
O’Brien Nurserymen Granby, CT
Rare Find Nursery Jackson, NJ
Shakespeare’s Garden Brookfield, CT

HHG Members $40
Non-members $50


We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations after August 25

Prior to August 25 we will refund less a $20 administrative fee

Plant Sale and Garden Conservancy Open Days

On Sunday September 9, 2018

Event Time 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants at Hollister House Garden

Broken Arrow Nursery  Hamden, CT
Battle Hill Forge  Millerton, NY
Cricket Hill Garden  Thomaston, CT
Falls Village Flower Farm  Falls Village, CT
Garden Vision Epimediums  Templeton, MA
Issima  Little Compton, RI
McCue Gardens  Wethersfield, CT
Meadowbrook Gardens  New Milford, CT
O’Brien Nurserymen  Granby, CT
Rare Find Nursery  Jackson, NJ
Shakespeare’s Garden  Brookfield, CT

Admission to the plant sale and garden is $10 per person

Also on Sunday – the opportunity to visit three extraordinary Litchfield County private gardens as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days program. Click here for details and directions.

Troughs: Gardening in the Smallest Landscape

On Saturday September 15, 2018

Event Time 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Explore the many facets of gardening inside these small charming containers. Learn about the use of rocks for structure, the various kinds of plants that work well, how to best place troughs in the garden as well as the many styles possible.  A portion of this talk will emphasize the use of succulents in troughs including how to manage them effectively for beauty and longevity.

Lori Chips is the author of Hypertufa Containers: Creating and Planting an Alpine Trough Garden recently published by Timber Press. Bring your questions!

HHG members $25

Non-members $35

Three Gardens: Garden Design in the Country House Era

On Saturday September 29, 2018

Event Time 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join Tracey Miller for a lively discussion of residential landscape and garden design through the lens of three iconic designs from the late nineteenth century.

The Country Place Era occurred at the end of the nineteenth century as many Americans, fortified with newly earned wealth from the industrial revolution, took to the country to build estates. It was a movement more than it was a style and aesthetic preferences varied. Focusing on Naumkeaug, Dumbarton Oaks and Olana we will explore landscape design as it relates to history, site, society and client. Studying precedent helps us think about our own designs. We learn from the masters as we study their execution of detail, selection of plants and the techniques they employed to build upon a site’s existing features in order to evoke its ‘spirit of place,’ or Genius Loci.

Tracey Miller has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. She has had the pleasure of assisting clients with the design and implementation of unique environments for over 20 years.

HHG Members $25

Non-members $35

Planning the Late Season Garden

On Saturday October 6, 2018

Event Time 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join beloved author and passionate gardener Page Dickey as she recommends the perennials, shrubs and small trees to buy and plant in your garden for fall interest. This season is often overlooked  but with the right plant selection exciting things can happen.

Page Dickey is a garden writer, lecturer, and designer. She has written extensively on garden and garden design and is the author of seven books.  Her first book, Duck Hill Journal and, more recently,  Embroidered Ground, are about Duck Hill in New York, where she lived and gardened for thirty-three years. Page is on the Boards of the Garden Conservancy,Stonecrop Gardens and Hollister House Garden. Page now lives and gardens with her husband in the company of assorted dogs in Falls Village, CT.

HHG Members $25

Non-members $35

If you cancel prior to September 22 we will refund your reservation less a 25% administrative fee. We are unable to offer refunds after September 22.

Autumn Leaves in Watercolor

On Friday October 19, 2018

Event Time 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Capture the beautiful colors and textures of New England autumn leaves in this two-day watercolor workshop. Students will learn how to draw curvy, bending leaves in perspective, design a composition and practice a variety of watercolor skills such as color mixing, blending and the charging and layering of transparent washes.

This workshop is designed for beginners as well as those with some experience in drawing and watercolor.

HHG Members $200

Non-members $225

A materials list will be emailed with your reservation confirmation.