Gardening Workshops to Get You Growing

Photograph by Lisa Bramen

Growing flowers, herbs and vegetables in hardiness zones 3 to 5 presents challenges throughout the season, no matter where you are in the North Country. So far this spring has been too cold and wet for much outdoor horticultural activity, and it’s anyone’s guess what May and June will mean for weeds and insects as well as plants. If you can’t work your dirt yet, though, there are plenty of opportunities to learn new techniques and find new tools for successful gardening.

On May 6 at 7:00 p.m., the Whallonsburg Grange, on Route 22 and Whallons Bay Road in Whallonsburg, presents a session on creating a rain garden by Amanda Cording. You’ll learn how runoff contributes to watershed pollution and also how to capture rainwater from your roof for beautiful, sustainable plantings. The cost is $5.00.

In Jay, Ward Lumber’s free gardening series runs throughout spring and summer. Next up is herb gardening by Meghan Kirkpatrick at 6:00 p.m. on May 15, followed by controlling weeds and insects by Paul Morley at 6:00 p.m. on June 19.

Lake Luzerne’s Adirondack Folk School offers classes in everything from blacksmithing and pottery to rustic furniture making and quilting; three gardening courses are slated for May and june this year. Patricia Goldberg and Peter Watts teach about square-foot and raised bed gardening, which are highly efficient ways to grow vegetables in small spaces, on May 17 and June 28. The course begins at 9:00 a.m. each day and costs $45 for Folk School members and $50 for nonmembers. On May 18 Goldberg leads “Gardening for Young Sprouts,” for parents and three- to six-year-olds. You’ll take home plants, seeds and ways to make kid-friendly gardens at home in the hour-long program. Space is limited for all these workshops so register in advance.

If your garden is already producing lovely blooms and you want to preserve them in an artful way, flower pounding is a one-day workshop by Karen LiVecchi at the Paul Smiths VIC, on Route 30 in Paul Smiths. You’ll learn how to gently hammer pigments from leaves and flowers on paper and fabric for quilt pieces, wallhangings or note cards. Register in advance for the $45 workshop; you’ll receive a materials list when you sign up.

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