New for Spring: Gardening Seminars Sponsored by Walker Farm in Vermont

March 26th, 2014 § Comments Off on New for Spring: Gardening Seminars Sponsored by Walker Farm in Vermont § permalink

Spring Garden Design, copyright, michaela m harlow, thegardenerseden.com, all rights reservedSpringtime, Garden Dreaming: Garden Design by Michaela Harlow, Stonework by Dan Snow

It’s been a maddeningly cold and dreary late March here in New England, and like many green-thumbs, I am beginning to feel more than a touch of cabin fever. I want to get out and get going in my garden! But with wintry temperatures and heavy snow-cover, I find myself searching elsewhere for springtime inspiration.

Walker Farm Greenhouse Image 2, michaela harlow - thegardenerseden.com Sweet, Springtime Inspiration for this Year’s Garden Designs in the Greenhouses at Walker Farm in Dummerston Vermont

One of the highlights of March’s calendar is my annual visit to beautiful Walker Farm in nearby Dummerston, Vermont to help plan their springtime gardening seminar schedule (see listing of this year’s events below). And as usual, after we settled upon our dates and topics, Karen Manix took me on a delightful walking tour of the farm’s gloriously verdant greenhouses; currently filled to bursting with the promise of a new season ahead. My winter-weary eyes lit up at the sight of perky pansies, exotic tropicals, jewel-like succulents and the latest in annual delights for this season’s artful container and bedding combinations. What a great a great antidote to late winter’s dirty snowbanks and grit-coated walkways! Got a case of the mud-season blahs? Come join us for some springtime inspiration, laughs and professional horticultural and garden design tips. This year’s offerings include something for every gardener; from the vegetable grower to budding orchardist, to the perennial design enthusiast and container gardening connoisseur.

Heirloom_Apple_Blossoms_in_the_Orchard_at_Scott_Farm_smallJPEG_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden Select, Plant and Grow a Backyard Orchard All Your Own with Help from Scott Farm’s Orchardist and Manager, Zeke Goodband. See Seminar Schedule Below for Details

waterbowl in the secret garden, copyright michaela harlow - thegardenerseden.com Learn to Design and Maintain Beautiful Perennial Gardens, Or How to Use and Place Your Containers in Creative Ways, See My List of Design and Maintenance Offerings Below

veggie basket, michaela at thegardenerseden.com Build a Great Vegetable Garden from the Ground Up with Professional Tips from Organic Farmer, Jack Manix

Spring 2014 Workshop / Seminar Schedule:

Free Spring Garden Seminars at Walker Farm, Dummerston, Vermont

These are popular weekend events & space is limited to 30 people per seminar. Please call or email Walker Farm to reserve your seat in advance

April 12th, 2014 – 10am 

“Spring Forward: Get Your Mixed Border in Tip-Top Shape with Professional Pruning & Perennial Maintenance Tips”

Garden Designer Michaela Harlow

April 19th, 2014 – 10am  

“Building a Better Vegetable Garden from the Ground Up”

 Jack Manix, Organic Farmer and Owner of Walker Farm

April 26, 2013 – 10am 

“Do-It-Yourself Garden Design for Non-Stop Color”

Garden Designer Michaela Harlow

May 3rd – 10am 

“Fruit Trees: Selecting, Growing and Pruning Varieties for a Home Orchard”

Ezekiel Goodband, Orchardist and Manager of Scott Farm

May 10th – 10am 

“Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries, Oh My: Creating and Maintaining the Berry Patch of Your Dreams”

Jack Manix, Organic Farmer and Owner of Walker Farm & Ezekiel Goodband, Orchardist and Manager of Scott Farm

May 17th, 2013 – 10am 

“Pots in the Garden: Designing, Planting and Placing Seasonal Containers in the Garden”

Garden Designer Michaela Harlow

succulent pot, michaela at thegardenerseden.com Succulent Containers are a Low-Water, Low-Maintenance, High-Impact Choice for Busy Gardeners

succulents at walker farm, thegardenerseden.comAnd Walker Farm’s Selection of Unusual Succulents is the Best in I’ve Seen in New England

Photography & Text ⓒ Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. All photographs, artwork, articles and content on this site (with noted exceptions), are the original, copyrighted property of Michaela Medina Harlow and/or The Gardener’s Eden and may not be reposted, reproduced or used in any way without prior written consent. Contact information is in the left side bar. Please do not take my photographs without permission. Thank you!

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Planning, Scheming & Garden Dreaming: While We Wait for the Thaw . . .

March 22nd, 2014 § 3 comments § permalink

Calla Lilies, copyright 2014, michaelamedinaharlow, thegardenerseden.comCalla Lilies Blush on the First Morning of Spring

Spring may have officially arrived, but Winter isn’t giving up so quickly. Snow squalls wrapped my hilltop in a swirling, downy-white blanket this morning and wind whipped my clanking compost bin down the walk. Oh White Witch, won’t you loosen your chilly grip and leave us to the thaw? We’ve piles of snow yet to melt before we can begin our work.

The winter-weary squirrels and discouraged songbirds huddle beneath conifers, and meanwhile, beside the fire, we wrap ourselves in fluffy chartreuse blankets and dream of grassy lawns and sunny gardening days to come. New garden seminars are being planned for this spring at Walker Farm, and I’ve been busy flipping through catalogues and garden supply websites; all the while dreaming and scheming . . .

Garden Dreaming, copyright 2014, michaelamedinaharlow, thegardenerseden.com Curled Up on Quiet Weekends with Gardening Catalogues and Books

 Luminous Lilies Brighten March’s Moody Gloom

Inspiration, copyright 2014, michaelamedinaharlow, thegardenerseden.com Design Inspiration for the Mind’s Eye. On My Coffee Table: Gardening Titles by Louisa Jones and New Garden Design by Zahid Sardar

Photography & Text ⓒ  Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. All photographs, artwork, articles and content on this site (with noted exceptions), are the original, copyrighted property of Michaela Medina Harlow and/or The Gardener’s Eden and may not be reposted, reproduced or used in any way without prior written consent. Contact information is in the left side bar. Please do not take my photographs without permission. Thank you!

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Welcoming Spring!

March 20th, 2014 § 3 comments § permalink

photo 1Anticipating the Spicy-Sweet Fragrance of My Favorite Springtime Blossom: Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Welcome Spring! The Vernal Equinox —day and night of equal length— occurs at 12:57 pm EDT today, March 20th, signaling the official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. And although my Secret Garden is coated in yet another fresh layer of snow and ice today, I know that soon the melting will begin.

Already, songbirds are returning to New England; seeking nesting places to raise their young. And the buds are swollen to near-bursting on Vernal Witch Hazel and early Viburnum branches. Take heart, cold climate, gardening friends! Before we know it, the rush will be on to rake up, mulch up and begin planting in ernest. I can hardly wait!

photo 2 And the Beautiful Warmth of Spring Mornings in the Garden

Photography & Text ⓒ  Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. All photographs, artwork, articles and content on this site (with noted exceptions), are the original, copyrighted property of Michaela Medina Harlow and/or The Gardener’s Eden and may not be reposted, reproduced or used in any way without prior written consent. Contact information is in the left side bar. Please do not take my photographs without permission. Thank you!

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Indoor Eden: Tulips, Hot House Flowers & Intoxicating Floral Fragrance . . .

March 13th, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Indoor Eden: Moth Orchid Beside the Bedroom Window (Phalaenopsis)

I truly love all four seasons, and I do find winter to be especially beautiful in New England.  However, enough is enough. It’s been a particularly cold March thus far, and I am more than ready for spring.

It’s nice to get a bit of a break from weeding and maintenance, but there are more than a few things that I miss about my garden during the cold, dark months. The absence of light and color is tough, but it’s the dry air and lack of natural fragrances that I find most difficult to bear. Humidifiers help to add moisture to my home and of course shopping trips to the florist for fresh-cut flowers and new indoor plants also help to brighten the monochrome palette of the season. But what about earthy fragrance? Remember the scent of damp moss, warm pine needles and the sweet, spicy odor of springtime blossoms scattered upon the walkway? Remember the heavenly aroma of hyacinth, the silken caress of perfumed peony petals and the dewy brush of fragrant, freshly-mown grass against bare ankles?

Hyachinth_Blossoms_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenersedeen.com_no_use_without_permission Fresh from the Florist: Heavenly, Scented Hyacinth 

The_Scent_of_Springtime_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.com Pale Violet Tulips on the Dressing Table 

Processed with VSCOcam Golden Morning Light Warms the Ice-Clad Viburnum and Paper Birch Trees

pale_violet_tulips_copyright_2014_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.com Weekly Ritual: Fresh Flowers from the Florist

I am very much looking forward to the awakening of springtime senses. But for now —while we patiently wait for the thaw— there are lotions, potions and bottled fragrances. A very generous friend recently sent me a surprise box containing delights from San Francisco perfumer, Ineke. Her ‘Floral Curiosities’ collection of fragrances came packaged in a beautiful ‘Scent Library‘ book. I was immediately smitten with the botanical theme, but when I spritzed on the amazingly accurate floral fragrances? Swoon! I felt as if I’d been transported to a misty, June morning in the garden. I adore ‘Scarlet Larkspur’ and ‘Poet’s Jasmine’, but so far, ‘Sweet William’ (slightly spicy), and ‘Briar Rose’ (wild and rambling with subtle hints of green apple), are my favorites. And then there was a bottle of ‘Hot House Flower’, an intoxicating, feminine, gardenia number not included in the ‘Scent Library’. Like a trip to a steamy, jungle paradise, it’s warm, exotic and deliciously heady. Thank you, dear friend!

Ineke_Scent_Library_.Floral_Curiosities_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.comJPG Favorite Gift of Fragrance: Ineke ‘Floral Curiosities’ Scent Library {Miniature Book with ‘Scent’ Library Cards, Includes Samples of the Following Floral Fragrances: Sweet William, Scarlet Larkspur, Briar Rose, Poet’s Jasmine and Angel’s Trumpet}, and Botanist’s Travel Sprays {Each Scent Bound in a Beautiful ‘Book’ Box}

I’m also mad for ‘Moss‘, a silken hand & body cream from K. Hall Designs. With 5% shea butter, it’s soft and silky but non-greasy. I love to share this cream with my gardening friends in wintertime. The fragrance reminds me of a forest floor; earthy, fern-filled and slightly musky. Perfect for those of us struggling through the last days of winter …Pining for the verdant gardens of springtime.

K.Hall_Designs_Moss_Hand_and_Body_Cream_c_michaela_thegardenerseden.com My Wintertime Favorite: Moss Hand & Body Cream by K. Hall Designs

Products mentioned and reviewed in this post are unpaid, and purely based upon the personal opinions and preferences of this author. No promotional product or compensation was received from any source.

Photography & Text ⓒ  Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. All photographs, artwork, articles and content on this site (with noted exceptions), are the original, copyrighted property of Michaela Medina Harlow and/or The Gardener’s Eden and may not be reposted, reproduced or used in any way without prior written consent. Contact information is in the left side bar. Please do not take my photographs without permission. Thank you!

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