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Gardeners’ Guide for June 2, 2018


Friday, June 01, 2018

Editor’s Note: The Gardeners’ Guide is a seasonal rundown of gardening related events. Listings are free. Email: features@recorder.com. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration is required.

Wesley United Methodist Church

Tag-Bake-Plant Sale and Car Wash: Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tag sale items include used household items, books, toys and baby items. Homemade cookies, cupcakes, breads and pies will be available at the bake sale, plus lunch foods. Plants include a large variety of perennials and houseplants. All proceeds will benefit the summer mission trip to the United Methodist Economic Ministries in Salem, Maine, where church members will repair homes and assist in the food cupboards and thrift shops. Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 North Maple St., Hadley. 413-549-1550.

Forbes Library

Northampton Garden Tour: Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held rain or shine. Tour tickets are available in advance at Forbes Library, Bay State Perennial Farm, Cooper’s Corner, Hadley Garden Center, North Country Landscapes & Garden Center, and State Street Fruit Store for $15, or for $20 on the day of the tour at Forbes Library only. Celebratory 25th anniversary tour features seven gardens big and small, including four outstanding gardens from previous tours with waterfalls and ponds, statuary, collections of trees and shrubs, and more. Includes a raffle, with items on display at the library. Two tickets for $5, or five tickets for $10. Raffle tickets available at the library. Proceeds benefit Forbes Library. Visit bit.ly/2I1scyb for more information.

Emily Dickinson Museum

“Native Plants for New England Gardens”: Friday, June 8, 7 p.m. New England Wild Flower Society Botanic Garden Director Mark Richardson leads a talk based on his new book “Native Plants for New England Gardens.” The discussion will cover native plants and their garden uses, ranging from plants to use in place of mulch to those that attract and support pollinators. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for Museum Friends, and $6 for participants of the June 8 and 9 garden volunteer days (held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 8 and 1 to 5 p.m. on June 9 at the museum). No reservations required. Amherst Woman’s Club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst.

“Propogating From Cuttings” Workshop, Durfee Conservatory Trip: Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. to noon. Marta McDowell, gardener-in-residence at the Emily Dickinson Museum, will lead a visit to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Durfee Conservatory. Upon returning to the museum, McDowell will demonstrate techniques to propagate geraniums from softwood cuttings. Attendees can prepare cuttings and take some home to grow. A complimentary shuttle to Durfee Conservatory leaves at 9:45 a.m. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for Museum Friends, and $10 for all who take part in the June 8 and 9 garden volunteer sessions. Advance registration is required by calling 413-542-2034 or emailing edmprograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Grown in Westhampton

“Making Your Own Herbal Bitters”: Monday, June 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m. John Hannah Jacobson-Hardy of Sweet Birch Herbals for a workshop about the importance of bitters to aid digestion and support liver functioning. Craft a tincture containing local bitters. Includes recipes, handouts and tastings. Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton.

Sons and Daughters of Hawley

“It’s All Hawley” Summer Tour: Saturday, June 30. Tour creative and colorful gardens, view paintings of Hawley and quilts created by residents in two separate churches, participate in a cooking demonstration in celebration of rhubarb and enjoy yogurt at Sidehill Farm. The self-guided tour of West Hawley runs from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. East Hawley sites will be open from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Held rain or shine. Tour is $10; lunch is an additional $12. Contact Melanie Poudrier at 413-339-5347, Rainey McCarthy at 413-339-4903 or Pamela Shrimpton at 413-339-4091 for tickets, maps and further information.