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Thursday Night at the Hort


In this annual lecture series, a different expert each week will offer a presentation sure to please the armchair gardener to the Master Gardener. Topics range across the horticultural spectrum from soil to seeds to gardens and everything associated with them.

Fruit Trees: Maintenance and Propagation

wes autioWhen: Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building 

Stockbridge School of Agriculture Director, Wes Autio, will present on the horticulture and physiology of fruit trees, discuss the unique methods of managing dwarf trees, ways to enhance fruiting, and other interesting facts for creating and maintaining a home orchard.

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Rev Up for Spring: Seed Sowing, Growing and More!

When: Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM   

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

The groundhog has spoken. It’s time to start the garden. Flower farmer Evelyn Lee will introduce you to an array of flowers you can grow for your next arrangement or simply to enjoy in your garden. Evelyn will focus on indoor and outdoor sowing, planting methods and timing for annuals, hardy annuals, tubers, bulbs and more. Presentation will include a demonstration on the soil blocking method of starting seeds.

Evelyn Lee, flower farmer and floral designer at her specialty cut flower farm - Butternut Gardens in Southport, Connecticut – is a CT NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. Her farm is a certified Bee Friendly Farm. Evelyn grows just shy of 45,000 flowers a year for wholesale, retail, weddings and events. She received a Certificate in Gardening from New York Botanical Garden, was trained as a Master Gardener in Connecticut, and earned a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Evelyn combines her lifelong love of gardening and growing flowers with an environmentally sensitive approach to achieve beautiful natural-looking garden-inspired floral designs. Learn more at

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Vegetable Gardening: Planning, Preparing and Maintaining Your Victory Garden

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM    

Where: Parkman Room of the Education Building

There’s nothing like knowing exactly how the vegetables you eat were grown. You can take complete control by establishing your own vegetable garden. And maybe even share with your children the magic of growing their own dinner. What I have learned over the years is that careful planning and preparation can take vegetable gardening from drudgery to fun. So I emphasize the planning of everything from size, location and style of vegetable garden to the need to prepare that garden for success while acknowledging that Mother Nature will always have the final say.

After a career begun as a chemist, Betty Sanders found her interests taking her in a new direction—gardening. She studied at the New York Botanical Garden, New England Wildflower Society, and others on the way to becoming a Master Gardener. Her gardens have been featured on tours by the Garden Conservancy. Betty finds herself increasingly focused on techniques to reduce the use of man-made chemicals in gardening and landscaping. Her current home garden is a grass-free two acres filled with native trees, shrubs and perennials. She is passionate the many opportunities offered by container gardening and as an avid vegetable gardener, is currently in her eighth year of managing her hometown’s community garden.

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Contact: Katie Folts, Education Coordinator, 617-933-4973, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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