John Trexler, Worcester County Horticultural Society Director Emeritus and Founding Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, will discuss how Tower Hill evolved from a beautiful farm on a hill to an acclaimed public Garden.
Explore the fascinating and delicious world of basils! There are dozens of varieties of culinary basil: basils with huge leaves, basils with tiny leaves, basils from Asia, Italy and Greece, tall elegant basils, purple and variegated basils! There are basils that smell like cinnamon, cloves, lime and lemon, there is even a basil that smells like black walnuts! Learn the long, curious history of basil, its magical and medicinal associations and how it became Americas favorite culinary herb. Well smell and nibble different types of basil, discuss its growing requirements, how to use it in the kitchen and ways to preserve it. Students will enjoy a tasting of basil butter, vinegar, and sauce. Each person will plant three 10 pots of different varieties of basil to take home and enjoy during the warm days of summer! Please bring an apron and floral scissors to class. Recipe sheets are included.
Instructor: Derek Lirange, Worcester Tree Initiative
When pruning trees around your yard there are a few dos and donts that apply across the board, but there also special cases when different rules apply. Ornamental flowering trees are one of these special cases. Join Worcester Tree Initiative at the Greendale Eagle Statue to learn why you should hold off on pruning your showpiece trees until late spring and techniques for promoting greater flowering. In partnership with the Worcester Tree Initiative.
Walk, Talk & Book-Signing: Member $35, Non-member $45
Guided morning walk through Wachusett Mountains old growth forests, followed by an afternoon talk and book signing at Tower Hill Botanic Garden by an expert in the field (and forest!). Co-sponsored with Mass Audubon.
In their beautifully photographed guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected plants, Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis encourage gardeners to discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.
Master Gardener Training Class Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (mmga)
The 2017 MMGA Master Gardener Training Class will begin in April and run through October. For more information & registration: massmastergardeners.org.