Fall Barn Talks @ Hollister House Garden

On the heels of a successful spring program, Hollister House Garden announces their fall series of educational lectures. The lecture series known as “Barn Talks” at Hollister House Garden has been developed to inform and inspire gardeners and garden lovers. Guest presenters are horticultural industry professionals with decades of experience, who will share their passion and knowledge on topics of interest to gardeners.

The fall series line-up is as follows:

Saturday, September 28th Sermons in Stone: The Stone Walls of New England and New York

Presented by Susan Allport, science writer turned baker whose books have focused on the world around her. Her book, Sermons in Stone: The Stone Walls of New England and New York has been praised as a “well-written, fascinating contribution to the region’s social and economic history”.

Sermons in Stone is the enthralling story of the stone walls that are everywhere in New England. It is a story that begins in the Ice Age and that has been shaped by the fencing dilemmas of the nineteenth century, by conflicts between Native Americans and colonists over land use and by American waves of immigration and suburbanization. In this surprising and illuminating talk Susan Allport will illustrate how these walls are much more than monuments to the skill of Yankee farmers.

Saturday, October 5 Forcing Bulbs for Winter Delight

Presented by Page Dickey, garden writer, lecturer designer, and board member at Hollister House Garden.

If you follow beloved author and passionate gardener Page Dickey on Instagram you are familiar with the pots of beautiful blooms that decorate Church House in the winter. In this illustrated talk and demonstration Page will show us that a great variety of the bulbs we buy in the fall can be potted up in October and put somewhere cold (a cold frame, cellar steps, a refrigerator) for about 12 weeks, then brought out to light and sun and coaxed into bloom for the winter months. Less expensive and much more delightful than florist flowers to decorate your house! Page will show you how she has been forcing bulbs for years and she will share her favorite ones.

Saturday, October 12th Overwintering Houseplants – Growing Techniques that Work

Presented by Barbara Pierson, Horticulturist and Nursery Manager at White Flower Farm where she is the face and voice of many of the how-to gardening videos on their website.

Flowering and foliage houseplants thrive outdoors during the summer months and the transition to the indoor home environment for winter can be challenge. In this illustrated talk Barb Pierson will share species-specific growing instructions and simple techniques to ensure that your favorite plants remain happy all year!

Barn Talks take place on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 am in the barn at Hollister House Garden. Reservations are suggested and can be made online at www.hollisterhousegarden.org/lectures.

HHG members $25, Non-members $35/$40 at the door.

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 26th through October 12th. Wednesday and 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.

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