New England Orchard Revival: Resurrecting the Heirloom Apple

On Saturday April 14, 2018

Event Time 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Bringing your old apple tree back to life and fruitful production will require vision, a bit of thoughtful commitment, tasteful pruning, much needed but constrained fertilizing and dedicated, knowledgeable seasonal management. This informative and entertaining presentation will touch on New England’s tradition of apple production, practical lessons in heirloom revival, new disease resistant and low impact varieties and some tastings of recently developed varieties to help you consider if apples will be included in your garden design.

Peter Jentsch has been planting, studying and tasting apples for the past 30 years. His passion for pomology and the animals that fertilize fruit trees as host plants has guided his career as Director of the HudsonValley Research Laboratory and faculty entomologist at the College of Ag and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

HHG Members $30

Non-Members $35


The Living Lawn: Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care

On Saturday April 21, 2018

Event Time 9:30 am - 11:00 am

In this presentation you will hear many compelling reasons why you should consider a natural approach to lawn care. The presenter, Chip Osborne, is a professional horticulturalist with over forty-five years in the green industry. He is the founder of Osborne Organics, a company providing natural turf consulting services. Chip will offer a detailed and systematic approach to natural lawn care, including basic soil biology and testing, proper use of organic products and sound cultural practices. These steps will be outlined and explained in a common sense way. This talk is suitable for the homeowner as well as for landscape professionals.

HHG Members $30

Non-Members $35

Creating a Landscape for Your Table

On Saturday April 28, 2018

Event Time 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to create a landscape for your table that goes far beyond the usual cut flower arrangement. Well know designer and artist Chris Zaima will demonstrate the art of using miniature potted plants and succulents to make unique, sophisticated centerpieces. Following his talk and demonstration Chris will work with participants to create table landscapes to take home. Please bring your own container, suitable for a table centerpiece. All other materials will be provided.

HHG Members $75

Non-Members $85

How to Create a Small & Productive Cutting Garden

On Saturday May 5, 2018

Event Time 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Cutting gardens are lovely to view, provide fresh-cut flowers and keep your perennial borders from being raided for indoor display. Learn how to grow a small, highly productive cutting garden as an addition to the vegetable patch or as a stand-alone garden. This talk by Elisabeth Cary will consider all aspects of growing cut flowers including garden design and the selection of flower varieties that hold up best as cut flowers. You will hear tips on sowing, planting, transplanting, cultivating and preparing flowers for indoor use.
Elisabeth Cary was formerly the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 30 years. She is currently developing Cooper Hill Flower Farm, a micro flower farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

HHG Members $30

Non-Members $35


On Saturday May 12, 2018

Event Time 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Some of our favorite “plantspeople” will set up shop in the barn at Hollister House Garden on Saturday, May 12. Come see the garden and get some expert help selecting some new and unusual plants for your garden.

Broken Arrow Nursery – growers of rare and unusual plants

Battle Hill Forge – hand forged heirloom quality landscape and garden accents

Falls Village Flower Farm – growers of choice perennials and shrubs

McCue Gardens – growers of perennials and wildflowers

Something to Crow About Dahlias – growers of hundreds of varieties of dahlias

Open at 9am for Hollister House Garden members only

Open at 10am to the public



On Saturday May 26, 2018

Event Time 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to create fabulous, decorative outdoor containers combining vegetables, herbs, flowers and vines. Designer Chris Zaima will begin the program with a selection of images of finished plantings. He will then demonstrate the art of mixing plant material to create beautiful and useful kitchen garden containers.

HHG Members $30

Non-Members $35

Tour and Lunch at a Private Litchfield County Garden

On Friday June 8, 2018

Event Time 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to tour an extraordinary private garden rarely open to the public followed by lunch. This event is limited to Hollister House Garden Circle of Friends members.

This event is complimentary to Hollister House Garden members at the Sponsor Level and above.

Please call 860-868-2200 for reservations

All other membership levels $35 per person

Confirmed attendees will be sent details and directions via email

Music in the Garden

On Sunday June 10, 2018

Event Time 5:00 pm

Our annual celebration of Music in the Garden returns to the main lawn at Hollister House with a magical concert by the Deming String Quartet

The concert of baroque music will include  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, L’estro Armonico, Opus 3, No.11 in D Minor by Antonio Vivaldi, Selections from Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks by George Frideric Handel and more.

Bring a blanket or a camp chair, even a picnic if you wish – we’ll provide the rosé! – and greet summer with an outstanding concert of baroque music.

HHG Members $25

Non-Members $35

The Deming String Quartet is led by founder and violinist Larry Deming, Concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Danbury Music Centre Summer Strings Program. Diane Orson, violinist with Orchestra New England (and WNPR reporter!), Barbara Wiggins, member of the Hartford and New Haven Symphony Orchestras and principal viola with Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Mary Costanza, award winning cellist and currently associate principal cellist with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra complete the quartet.


A Garden Sketch Book with graphite pencil

On Monday June 11, 2018

Event Time 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Sit amongst the flowers of late spring and create a diary of the June garden. Become familiar with the shapes of poppies, peonies, iris and other garden flowers as you observe their unique forms. Learn what features to look for under the guidance of noted botanical artist Carol Ann Morley and how to draw those tricky overlapping shapes of petals and leaves. Bring your drawing to a new level as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the garden during this two day workshop.

Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12 from 10am-3:30pm.

A materials list will be emailed to all registered participants. Please bring a bag lunch.Beverages and snacks will be provided.

HHG Members $200

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 by May 25 we will refund your registration less a 25% administrative fee. We can not offer refunds after May 25.


A Garden Sketch Book: The Colors of June

On Thursday June 14, 2018

Event Time 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Bring the colors of a June garden to life on a sketch book page.  Stroll the garden to select flowers to sketch.  Make color notes of the petals and leaves and complete a color study in the classroom. Take your pencil sketch and transform it into the wonderful world of color.  The art of coloring is preparation;  learn how to create a color palette to work from with the ease of colored pencils. Find out how to select the right colors for petals and leaves, which colors work best for the rich and vibrant colors of sunlit hues and those that express the subdued and deep, dark colors of shadows. With the guidance of noted botanical artist Carol Ann Morley you will gain control over your color choices and create a color drawing that has clarity and reveals the beauty of garden flowers.

Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 10am-3:30pm

A materials list will be emailed with your registration confirmation. Please bring a bag lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

HHG Members $200

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 by May 31 we will refund your registration less a 25% administrative fee. We can not offer refunds after May 31.


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