Ready, Set, Grow! Springtime Gardening: Free Weekend Seminars in April & May, Sponsored by Walker Farm, Vermont

WalkerFarmSpringSeminars_MichaelaMedinaHarlow_thegardenerseden Walker Farm Stand on Rt 5 in Dummerston, Vermont: Open Daily from 10am – 6pm, April 13th through Late November – Visit the Walker Farm Website Here

Like most gardeners, I tend to celebrate the arrival of each season with favorite, annual traditions. And for me, spring just isn’t spring without a visit to Walker Farm in nearby Dummerston, Vermont. The stand officially opens for the season today, Friday, April 5th, and there will be beautiful, cold-hardy pansies galore! How lucky are we, in southern Vermont, to have such a world class, horticultural hub in our own backyard? I stopped in last week for this spring’s garden seminar planning —scroll down or click here for a complete schedule of free events— and a tour of the gorgeous greenhouses with owners, Karen and Jack Manix. It’s always inspiring to visit Walker Farm at this time of year for a prelude to springtime and a sneak-peek at the season’s freshest offerings.

Kitchen-Garden-in-Late-July-michaela-medina-thegardenerseden.com_ Pretty & Productive: Learn the Ins and Outs of Potager Planning & Planting at 10am, this Saturday, April 13th 2013 at Walker Farm, Dummerston, Vermont. Jack Manix and I Will Present, The Art & Science of Vegetable Gardening. Free and Open to the Public (please visit the Walker Farm website and email or call to reserve your spot for this popular event).

Each spring, Walker Farm generously sponsors a variety of free, inspirational and educational gardening seminars with topics to interest a wide range of gardeners, from the freshest novice to the most advanced green thumb. This spring’s series of seminars begins at the farm on Saturday, April 13th at 10am, with The Art & Science of Vegetable Gardening. Walker Farm’s Jack Manix will cover the science of vegetable gardening —some of the most important steps involved in setting up and maintaining a healthy kitchen garden— and I’ll be offering fresh design tips and creative ideas to help you create a beautiful and productive potager. This seminar, and all others offered this spring at Walker Farm, will be free and open to the public. However, seating at these events is limited to 30, so be sure to email or call the farm to reserve your spot.

Seminars offered at Walker Farm this spring include:

The Art and Science of Vegetable Gardening (April 13th) with Jack Manix & Michaela Harlow

Fruits of Your Labor: Creating & Maintaining a Berry Patch (April 20th) with Jack Manix & Ezekiel Goodband of Scott Farm

 Fairy Gardens & Secret Gardens: Creating Magical Outdoor Spaces (April 27th) with Karen Manix & Michaela Harlow

Putting Food By – Canning & Preserving the Harvest (May 4th) with Jennifer Audette

Painting the Shadows: Designing a Beautiful Shade Garden (May 11th) with Michaela Harlow

Seasonal Color: Creative Ways to Punctuate Your Garden with Tropical, Tender Perennial & Annual Displays (May 18th) with Michaela Harlow

Please visit the Workshop page for more details and remember to check back for changes and/or additions/updates.

WalkerFarm_Dummerston_Vermont_2012_ michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.comHanging Baskets Galore: Late Spring of 2012 at Walker Farm in Dummerston, Vermont

Walker Farm has been featured by numerous publications over the years —including The New York  Times and Yankee Magazine— and their gorgeous grounds and greenhouses are frequented by gardeners from as far away as Boston and New York. From organically grown berry plants and gourmet vegetable starts, to fruit trees and seed packets, Walker Farm is the place to go when shopping for edible gardens. And for the ornamental garden enthusiast, Walker Farm is a friendly-yet-sophisticated, designer-garden destination beyond compare. Here you will find unusual trees and shrubs —including exquisite, rare conifers— field-grown perennials and greenhouse grown annuals for the most discerning of connoisseurs. If a tour of the Walker Farm’s horticulture heaven doesn’t leave you dizzy with delight, the gorgeous containers and statuary in the potting shed, and heirloom-quality garden tools in the stand are sure to make any gardener swoon.

Colorful Coleus at Walker Farm ⓒ 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden Colorful Coleus in the Greenhouse at Walker Farm, Dummerston, Vermont

Pots_WalkerFarm_2012_michaelamedinaharlow_thegardenerseden Classic Terra Cotta and Colorful Modern Pots in Every Hue: Walker Farm, Dummerston, Vermont Summertime Produce, Inside the Stand: Walker Farm, Dummerston, Vermont

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