Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Seed Swap, Symposium & more!

Our Annual Houseplant & Seed Swap event is just around the corner. This year it is on Saturday January 30th from 9:45am - 12:30pm. Bring your seeds and houseplant cuttings to this popular event to trade with other enthusiasts. There are speakers, refreshments, and more. See our Seed Swap web page for additional details and registration information!

In case you're wondering, the bloom above is from an orchid cactus I got last year at the Seed Swap. There truly is something for everyone!

We also have just added on-line ticket purchases to our Spring Garden Symposium webpage - be sure to give yourself an after-the-holidays gift and buy yourself a ticket! Our Symposium this year features Claire Sawyers talking on "Cultivating a Sense of Place" and Bruce Zaretsky speaking on "Doctor's Orders: Take a Walk (in the Garden!)." To get you in the mood and excited for Bruce's talk, we have added an article to our website titled "Gardening for Your Health." We hope you enjoy it!

We've also added a new service - Private Garden Consultations. Here you can work with some of our experts and instructors on your own garden needs. See our new Garden Consultations web page for more details!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

let there be light

Wayside Garden Center has a terrific assortment of Christmas trees and it is the place to shop! Owner Carol Sorbello was kind enough to donate this beauty for our holiday tree lighting class with Michael Hannen. Many thanks, we appreciate your generosity!

Once I watched Michael decorate this tree, I realized my problem-I was severely underlighted. More lights! See how he is neatly wrapping them up? He showed us many helpful techniques in addition to showing us how to repair them ( I never knew that you could) Without a doubt he is the man to see for gadgets and tools for such problems.

If you didn't attend, this is an event you won't want to miss next year.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Join us at the Castle for a Christmas Party!

Christmas Party with Michael Hannen
Wednesday, December 2, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Castle will be all decked out for Christmas - join us for some mulled cider and yummy desserts, and a tree lighting party. And - if putting up those holiday lights on your trees has always been an exercise in frustration, don’t miss this opportunity: in winter-time the multi-talented Michael Hannen is a professional installer of holiday decorations. He will show us his proven methods for putting up holiday lights without tearing out your hair or ruining your marriage. $15.