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Gardeners’ Guide for May 5, 2018


Friday, May 04, 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.

Greenfield Garden Club

Annual Plant Sale Extravaganza: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden Club members will be on hand to help pick plants and answer questions. Soil testing also available. Held in conjunction with the church’s Handmade Makers Mart Craft Sale. Episcopal Church of St. James and Andrew, 8 Church St., Greenfield. Email greenfieldgardenclub@yahoo.com for more information.

Field Library

Pre-Mother’s Day Tag and Plant Sale: Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Includes a variety of locally grown potted perennial plants, including locally grown lupines. Also a large assortment of yarn, books, DVDs, VHS tapes, jewelry and knick-knacks. Held as the Field Library’s annual fundraiser. Field Library, 243 Millers Falls Road, Northfield.

Emily Dickinson Museum

All events will be held at the Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst. Visit bit.ly/2Ht09KZ for more information.

“Curves, Carpets, and Color: Olmsted, the Dickinsons, and 19th Century Landscapes”: Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m. An illustrated talk exploring the development of American landscaping in the 19th century. Led by 2018 Gardener-in-Residence Marta McDowell. $12 for adults, $8 for Museum Friends, and free for participants of the museum’s May 5 and 6 garden volunteer days.

Wildflower Walk: Sunday, May 6, 9:45 a.m. Botanist Connie Parks will lead a spring wildflower walk and tour of the Kestrel Land Trust's Spaulding Conservation Area at Amethyst Brook. Followed by refreshments and a nature poetry reading at the museum. Meet at the museum’s tour center, then take a complimentary shuttle to the trailhead. $10 for adults, $8 for Museum Friends, and $6 for volunteers, youth and students with a valid college ID. Advance registration is required. Email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to register.

Forbes Library

“Seasonal Floral Arrangements”: Saturday, May 12, 2 to 4 p.m. at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. Learn how to use plant materials gathered in the yard and garden to create beautiful arrangements for your home. Starts with an outdoor demonstration of best practices for collecting plant materials, followed by the creation of unique display pieces in the Community Room. Led by horticulturalist Kate Stafford. Bring pruners and a container or vase for your arrangement. $20. Limited to 15 participants.

Northampton Garden Tour: Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held rain or shine. Tour tickets coming soon and 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. 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.

Westhampton Public Library

Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy perennials, edibles and permaculture plants. With speaker Jono Neiger, author of “The Permaculture Promise.” Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton.

Downtown Brattleboro Alliance

Flower Planting Day: Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m. to noon. Painting projects also available. Meet at Pliny Park, High Street, Brattleboro, Vt.

Hilltown Seed Saving Network

Seventh Annual Spring Plant Swap: Sunday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come with extra seedlings and plants to share. Dozens of homegrown varieties of tomatoes, beans, kale, wildflowers and many other crops available, as well as perennial, pollinator-friendly and medicinal plants. Those who are bringing seed are encouraged to register online at seednetwork.herokuapp.com. All levels of gardening experience welcome. $5 to $10 suggested donation. Cummington Community House, 33 Main St., Cummington. www.hilltownseeds.wordpress.com.

William Cullent Bryant Homestead

“Home Sweet Home — The Art of the Garden: Inspiration Grows Here”: Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special tours, gardening and family-friendly activities offered at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. Refreshments provided. Free. Visit bit.ly/1TtXgpS for more information, email acaluori@thetrustees.org or call 413-684-0148.