Following a successful first year of programming in the newly renovated 18th Century Barn, Hollister House Garden located in Washington Connecticut announces a new series of educational workshops and lectures called ‘Barn Talks’.

The goal of ‘Barn Talks’ is to engage, educate and bring together both amateur and professional gardeners. The roster of presenters includes horticultural industry professionals with decades of experience, who will share their passion and knowledge.

The Saturday series begins with ‘New England Orchard Revival: Resurrecting the Heirloom Apple’ presented by Peter J. Jentsch of Cornell University. Additional ‘Barn Talks’ include ‘The Living Lawn: Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care’ with Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics, ‘Creating a Landscape for your Table’ and ‘Decorative Kitchen Containers’ with designer Chris Zaima, ‘and How to Create a Small, Productive Cutting Garden’ led by Elisabeth Cary of Cooper Hill Flower Farm. The annual Hollister House Garden Spring Plant Sale is planned for May 12 and features Broken Arrow Nursery, Falls Village Flower Farm, McCue Gardens and Something to Crow About Dahlias.

Recently the board of directors approved adding the position of Program Coordinator to plan and implement a series of lectures and workshops thus reaffirming a commitment to making Hollister House Garden an important resource for the gardening community. The Board welcomes Deborah Brown of Roxbury, a longtime friend and volunteer, to this newly created position. Ms. Brown has worked in the horticultural field for over 30 years as a landscape contractor and as a garden/floral designer.

“Our goal is to make Hollister House Garden a center of learning and inspiration for all gardeners. We hope to present programs that offer both practical knowledge and insight as well as those that affirm the joy of gardening” says Deborah Brown.

The official 2018 opening day of Hollister House Garden is Friday, April 27th. In addition to ‘Barn Talks’, the garden will continue to offer a full program of cultural and educational events like ‘Music in the Garden’, ‘Twilight in the Garden’, ‘Photography in the Garden’, and more. A complete listing of dates, times and registration links for ‘Barn Talks’ and all other upcoming events can be found at www.hollisterhousegarden.com/events.

Hollister House Garden is a non-profit corporation and one of only 16 exceptional gardens designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to identify and preserve important private gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public. In 2010 Hollister House achieved its prestigious listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The property has also been named a Town Landmark Site by the Town of Washington.

Hollister House Garden is open to visitors April 27th through October 6th. Friday hours are 1-4PM and Saturdays 10-4PM. Private group visits are welcome weekdays by appointment only. Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are also available on the website. Contact: Pamela Moffett, 860-868-2200 office@hollisterhousegarden.org.

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