Gardeners’ Guide for June 8, 2019

  • Cows, seen through fog on North Street in Whately, May 31. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo

Published: 6/10/2019 9:04:35 AM

Editor’s Note: The Gardeners’ Guide is a seasonal rundown of gardening related events. Listings are free. Email: 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.

South Deerfield

Plant swap and pot luck: Bette and Chet Sokoloski are hosting a plant swap and potluck buffet at their home, 2 Hobbie Road in South Deerfield, Aug. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Entry is $2. No smoking, no dogs and no children under 12 years old. The event will begin with a half-hour educational garden tour, followed by a plant swap and the meal. Please bring plants to swap and a dish to share. Rain or shine in the garage and under a big top tent. The Sokoloskis have been doing this event for 21 years. For more information, call 413-665-4039.

Amherst Cinema

Gardening films: This summer, Amherst Cinema will present three films on the topic of gardening. The first, “Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf” will be shown June 11 at 7 p.m. This documentary immerses viewers in inspirational designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf’s work and takes viewers inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. The second, “Grand Cru,” will be shown on July 16 at 7 p.m. The film follows renowned Burgundy winemaker Pascal Marchand over his most difficult year ever — the catastrophic 2016 season — which saw devastating frosts, hailstorms, and disease in the vineyards. The film is both a love letter and a cautionary tale, as winemakers like Pascal must face the unpredictable and destructive consequences of climate change. A third film, “The Gardener: A Film About Frank Cabot,” will be shown Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office and online at

Turners Falls

Great Falls Farmers Market: The market, formerly on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Avenue A is moving down the street to Peskeomskut Park in Turners Falls. The new location has shade, water and electricity (all of which were lacking at the old location). The market will be on a paved path for accessibility, an area of high foot traffic. The market takes SNAP benefits and has two HIP-certified vendors. The market runs weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. at the park. Parking is available across the street in the Aubochon lot and at the Carnegie Library. For more information email

The CareCollaborative

Plant swap: There will be a plant swap outside the Giving Circle Thrift Shop at 3 Sugarloaf St. in South Deerfield Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Swap plants, supplies, tools, and stories. There is a suggested $5 donation to The Care Collaborative, the nonprofit that operates the thrift store. Donation or not, everyone is invited. More at


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