Lectures

The World of Peonies

On Saturday April 27, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join Dan Furman, co-owner of Cricket Hill Garden, a second generation specialty nursery and forest farm in Thomaston, CT, as he explores the World of Peonies. Peonies are one of the most beloved flowers in New England gardens and in this illustrated talk Dan will offer tips on planting, cultivating and propagating this springtime showstopper. You will hear about the different types of peonies (tree, herbaceous and intersectional) and get ideas about how to use peonies in the landscape.

At the conclusion of this talk there will be an opportunity to purchase containerized peonies suitable for spring planting.

Hollister House Garden Members $25

Non-Members $35

Beyond Crabapples - The Four Season Beauty of Ornamental Trees

On Saturday May 4, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Surround yourself with the beauty of small, ornamental trees. In this illustrated talk, Elisabeth Cary will teach us how this underutilized group of plants can play an important part in the four season garden offering flowers, fruit, foliage and structure. These small trees can have a role in the mixed border, as a focal point to brighten a dark corner or as a canopy to brighten a dark corner. Learn about the many species available for the zone 5 garden and explore how to select, site, and cultivate this great group of plants.

Elisabeth Cary, former Director of Education at Berkshire Botanical Garden has been gardening for over 30 years. She is currently developing Cooper Hill Farm, a micro flower farm in Sheffield, MA.

Hollister House Garden Members $25

Non-Members $35

Naturalistic Planting on a Domestic Scale

On Saturday May 11, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Developments in ecology and environmental science over the last thirty years have revolutionized the way we think of using perennials in gardens and landscapes.. Whether it’s called “The Dutch Wave”, “The New Perennial Movement”, or something else, creative gardeners and designers have reinvigorated the use and appreciation of herbaceous plantings worldwide. The Highline in New York, the Lurie Garden in Chicago, the Olympic Park Gardens in London and other large recent projects are an inspiration and a stimulus, but how does the average gardener take these big ideas and translate them into a manageable home scale?

In this illustrated talk Robert Anderson will focus on practical techniques for creating and managing naturalistic plantings at a size that’s feasible for the home gardener, in terms of both labor and expense. Using part of his own garden as the example, he will share failures and successes in the development, over three seasons, of a wet meadow style planting. Robert will discuss site selection and preparation, plant material sources, choices and acquisition, installation tips, and seasonal care.

Robert Anderson is a garden designer, consultant and writer from Stuyvesant, NY where he maintains a two acre laboratory garden.

Hollister House Garden Members $25

Non-Members $35

A New Perspective on Container Gardening

On Saturday May 25, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Jenna O’Brien, founder and owner of Viridissima Horticulture and Design, uses containers in the landscape to enhance and extend seasonal beauty, produce food and help create an authentic sense of place. In this illustrated presentation  you will learn how Jenna carries out her container designs. Beginning with a discussion on functional and conceptual design she will talk about pot, plant and soil selection. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on demonstration and a lucky attendee will win the completed container.

Hollister House Garden members $25

Non-members $35

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Fabulous Flower Arrangements

On Saturday June 1, 2019

Event Time 10:00 am - 11:30 am

For 33 years Chris Giftos wowed the world with the fabulous flower arrangements he created for the great hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the magical settings he designed for the museums parties and special events. The great hall arrangements – spectacular on a grand scale – became so famous that people went to the museum just to see them. Chris believes  that flowers set the tone and should say “welcome – we’ve been expecting you”. In this illustrated talk and demonstration Chris will share wonderful stories of his time at the Met and of the interesting people he met along the way while showing us how to create beautiful arrangements on a simpler scale for our homes.

At the conclusion of this Barn Talk the arrangements Chris creates will be part of a raffle.

Hollister House Garden members $25

Non-members $35

This Barn Talk had to be rescheduled. A new fall date will be announced in June

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.

francespalmerpottery.com

REGISTRATION FOR THIS BARN TALK OPENS ON JUNE 1

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”

REGISTRATION FOR THIS BARN TALK OPENS ON JUNE 1

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.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS BARN TALK OPENS ON JUNE 1

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.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS BARN TALK OPENS ON JUNE 1