1005 Hildene Road, Manchester
Mid May to Mid-June: Celebration of Peonies. Traditionally the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June when the formal garden signals the beginning of the season with thousands of peony blooms, many of them from the original 1907 plants.
From Our Garden to Yours
170 Main St. and Town Common, Wardsboro
May 28: 9a-1p: Rain or shine. On the library lawn and the Town Common. Shop for annuals, perennials, shrubs, and vegetable seedlings, including Gilfeather turnips. Same-day raffle: Choose to win select garden items. Tickets also available for a handmade Vermont quilt. Drawing Oct. 22 at Gilfeather Turnip Festival.
1190 US Route 5, East Dummerston
Ongoing: Display gardens and the views of the Connecticut River valley provide a splendid backdrop for educational opportunities at the Walker Farm. Check the website for information on classes including “Fruit Trees: Selecting, Growing and Pruning Varieties for a Home Orchard,” “Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries: Creating and Maintaining the Berry Patch of Your Dreams,” and “Pots in the Garden: Designing, Planting, and Placing Seasonal Containers in the Garden.”
Boyd Family Farm
125 East Dover Road, Wilmington
Ongoing: The Boyd Family Farm is in the Deerfield Valley, minutes from Wilmington Center. In the summer you can come pick your own flowers and blueberries and find an extensive array of perennials and annuals. You can also take part in one of their many workshops, including such offerings as “Hanging Basket and Planter Workshop” and “Fruit Trees & Berry Bushes for Fathers.”
The Gardens of Westminster
July 9-10, 10a-3p: 15th Annual Westminster Garden Tour features the gardens of internationally known landscape architects, garden designers, authors, and lecturers Gordon Hayward and Julie Moir Messervy. Also tour the gardens of David and Vanessa Stern and take a tour with Howie Prussack of the greenhouse and berry fields of High Meadows Farm — the oldest organic farm in Vermont. Attend talks on garden design with Julie Moir Messervy and creating biodiversity and beauty in your gardens using sustainable practices with Cyndy Fine. Private tour of the Hayward Gardens available. Lunch and refreshments available at the Haywards’ garden. Proceeds from the tour benefit Westminster Cares, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving local seniors and adults with disabilities. Tickets: $15 or two for $25; good for entry both days.
Spring in Vermont: Painting the Garden from Life with Kathy Anderson
Village Arts of Putney
114 Westminster Road, Putney
June 1-3, 9a-4p. In this three-day workshop, Kathy Anderson provides brief demos focusing on composition and blocking-in for strong design, which can be confusing when painting from life in the garden. Emphasis is on keeping flowers transparent and delicate, and how to mass in leaves without too much detail. Kathy will explain methods to keep your painting true to the feeling of a natural garden while maintaining movement throughout. Register by writing email@example.com. Tuition: $350. Sept 19-20: Four–day workshop at the Landgrove Inn, Landgrove. Register at the Inn’s website.