Dahlias: How to Select and Grow

On Saturday September 21, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This “master class” on dahlias is taught by potter and passionate gardener Frances Palmer.  The illustrated talk will begin with the origin, history and botany of dahlia flower forms. Frances will teach us how to divide,plant,fertilize and stake spring tubers, how to maintain plants over the growing season and how to dig and store for the winter. She will share good sources for tubers and how to best select flowers. Finally Frances will demonstrate how to cut and compose flower arrangements like the stunning ones on her Instagram feed.

Frances Palmer was trained as an art historian. After moving to Connecticut with her young family she took some throwing courses at a nearby art guild and has worked as a potter ever since. When she is not busy at her wheel she is in her magical garden where she grows all the flowers she arranges in her pots.


HHG Members $25

Non-members $35

Sermons in Stone: The Stone Walls of New England and New York

On Saturday September 28, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sermons in Stone is the enthralling story of the stone walls that are everywhere in New England. It is a story that.begins in the Ice Age and that has been shaped by the fencing dilemmas of the nineteenth century, by conflicts between Native Americans and colonists over land use and by American waves of immigration and suburbanization. In this surprising and illuminating talk Susan Allport will illustrate how these walls are much more than monuments to the skill of Yankee farmers.

Susan Allport is a science writer turned baker whose books have focused on the world around her. Her book, Sermons in Stone: The Stone Walls of New England and New York has been praised as a “well-written, fascinating contribution to the region’s social and economic history”

Forcing Bulbs for Winter Delight

On Saturday October 5, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

If you follow beloved author and passionate gardener Page Dickey on Instagram you are familiar with the pots of beautiful blooms that decorate Church House in the winter.  In this illustrated talk and demonstration Page will show us that a great variety of the bulbs we buy in the fall can be potted up in October and put somewhere cold (a cold frame, cellar steps, a refrigerator) for about 12 weeks, then brought out to light and sun and coaxed into bloom for the winter months. Less expensive and much more delightful than florist flowers to decorate your house! Page will show you how she has been forcing bulbs for years and she will share her favorite ones.

Page Dickey is a garden writer, lecturer and designer. She serves on the board of directors of the Garden Conservancy where she co-founded the Open Days program in 1995. She is also on the boards of Stonecrop Gardens and Hollister House Garden and was recently elected as an Honorary Member of The Garden Club of America.


Overwintering Houseplants - Growing Techniques that Work

On Saturday October 12, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Flowering and foliage houseplants thrive outdoors during the summer months and the transition to the indoor home environment for winter can be challenge. In this illustrated talk Barb Pierson will share species specific growing instructions and simple techniques too insure that your favorite plants remain happy all year!

Barbara Pierson graduated form Cornell’s School of  Horticulture with a degree in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. She is the Nursery Manager at White Flower Farm where she is the face and voice of many of the how-to gardening videos on their website. Her encyclopedic knowledge of ornamentals and edibles mean that her talks are both enormously instructive and highly entertaining.