Gardeners’ Guide for June 9, 2018

Friday, June 08, 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.

Forbes Library

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

“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.

Great Falls Apple Corps

Summer Kick-Off Celebration: Sunday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Unity Park Community Garden. At 10 a.m., sit in the garden and capture the beauty of nature through art, whether it be via pen, paint, photography or whatever medium you desire. Bring your own art supplies, though some will be on hand. A plant swap starts at 11 a.m. You don’t need to bring a plant to participate. Plant a community garden bed at noon, with time to play with hula hoops, sidewalk chalk and bubbles, and enjoy a snack. An edible weeds talk will follow at 2 p.m. and a children’s music hour with Under the Tree at 2:30 p.m. Email greatfallsapplecorps@gmail.com.

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.