Gardeners’ Guide for April 28, 2018

Friday, April 27, 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.

Brook Farm Orchard

“Working with the Wood — Pruning and Grafting Fruit Trees”: Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn the hows, whys and when of pruning your fruit trees during this workshop at Brook Farm Orchard, 947 Apple Valley Road in Ashfield. A classroom lesson will be followed by hands-on pruning. Learn how to graft a fruit tree of your choice, then bring the tree you grafted home to plant. Participation is limited to 12 attendees. The cost is $80 to attend, which includes a brown bag lunch. Reserve a spot by calling 413-625-9615.

Emily Dickinson Museum

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

Gardener Meet and Greet: Friday, May 4, 4:30 to 6 p.m. A meet and greet for those interested in volunteering in the museum's gardens. Volunteer sessions will then be held on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Sunday, May 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“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.

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.