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Beating the “Winter Blahs” with Herbs & Nutrition
Wednesday February 21, 6:30-8:30 pm (New Date)
Mid-Winter is often a time when we start to feel “under the weather.” Dark days, cold weather, and assaults on our immune system can leave us feeling depleted. In this fun, hands-on class, we will discuss herbal protocols for ramping up immunity, tasty treats and delicious foods for inspiring vitality, and even throw in some goodies for nurturing ourselves and others (hint: chocolate + herbs). Bring some light to your mid-Winter doldrums! $25
Saturday March 10th 2 pm
Let’s plant up a magical fairy garden using miniature tropical plants and adorable accessories! These gardens are meant for indoors, or outdoors in summer only. Class is appropriate for adults and accompanied children over 5. $40
Pruning & Fertilizing your Shrubs & Trees
Saturday March 24th, 2pm NEW DATE!
Protect your investments! Learn about keeping your foundation planting or specimen tree in top shape with Brad MacKenn, licensed landscape architect and planting specialist. Free
Farming on a Small Scale
Saturday March 24th, 10:30 am
The farmers at Two Pond Farm, have been successfully growing and selling organic vegetables, pork, lamb and wool, turkeys, chicken and eggs for over 30 years. Allison will be here to give you insight into how they do this with minimal help. Free
The Basics of Composting
Saturday March 31st 11am
If you’ve ever thought you want to start composting, but it seemed overwhelming, come in for a basic how-to. Learn what can be composted and what can’t. Are wild animals a problem or not? Different composter styles will be discussed. You can start today! Free
Saturday March 31st, 2 pm
Rich Imlay of Jonathan Green lawn Care Products will show you how to get the best lawn on the block with an organic based program with the use of IPM, or Integrated Pest Management. This is a very popular class as Rich is really knows his stuff! Feel free to talk to Rich about your own lawn issues after class. Bring a soil sample so we can test the pH of your soil- at least a 1 quart sample. Free
Living in Harmony with the Seasons: Spring Edition
Saturday, April 7th, 12-2 pm
Spring is the classic time of the year for cleansing, rejuvenation, and revitalization. We will learn how to adjust our daily rituals and diets to live in harmony with this seasonal change. Medicinal herbs and local foods provide us with much of what we need to maximize our health and vitality moving into the warmer, more active months of the year. We will discuss protocols for Spring cleansing, seasonal allergies, and much more.
Bio: Morrie Shafer is an herbalist, writer, historian, and holistic health coach living in West Milford, NJ. She has studied at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and the School of Herbal Therapeutics. Her business is Herbal Arts Apothecary Http://herbalartsapothecary.com
Hiking in Bear Country and Circuit Hikes in Harriman Book Talk
Saturday April 14th, 10:00 am
Join author and hike leader Don Weise for the presentation, “Hiking in Bear Country: Safety Tips & Great Local Hikes”. Copies of Don’s latest guidebook, Circuit Hikes in Harriman, will be available for purchase and signing. With more than 20 years’ experience as a hike leader, runner and environmental advocate, Weise will share tips for identifying extraordinary local hikes, hiking safely in bear country, and other hike preparation tips. His organization, the NY-NJ Trail Conference, builds, maintains and protects a network of more than 2,150 miles of trails, and engages nearly 1,900 volunteers in trail work throughout northern New Jersey and lower upstate New York.
After the talk and weather permitting, Don will lead an optional, moderately strenuous local hike in Norvin Green State Forest. This is free, however seating is limited, so please pre-register.
Using Coast of Maine Products in your Vegetable & Perennial Gardens
Monday April 16th, 6:30 pm
Gardener & Cook Anita Dafonte is returning once again to talk about using Coast of Maine products in your garden. We LOVE these products! Penobscot Blend Compost & Peat, Lobster Compost, Earth Worm Castings, Potting Soils and more. She will talk about how to build rich organic soil with these amendments, making a perfect bed for your vegetables, annuals, perennials and shrubs. She will also share her preferred fertilizers, harvesting tips and recipes. Plus, she will again share her tips on how she saves her garden from wildlife foraging. This class is free, but please register ahead if you can.
Anita works for Coast of Maine Organic Products and is a graduate of the Maine Compost School. Anita lives and gardens on three acres in Connecticut and frequently speaks on vegetable gardening and creating simple and delicious meals from the garden.
Using Native Wildflowers in Your Landscape
Thursday May 3rd 6:30 pm NEW DATE!!
Incorporate native wildflowers into your landscape and make pollinating bees, butterflies and many others marvelously happy! You will be planting up a native wildflower for your own garden. $10
Tips for a More Successful Vegetable Garden
June 9th, Saturday 10 am
With Allison Hosford of Two Pond Farm. After 40 years of growing vegetables organically, and constantly learning new tricks, Allison will be here to share some of her favorite techniques with us. Free Register ahead if you can.
Introduction to Bonsai
June 9th, Saturday 1pm
Join amateur bonsai hobbyist Dan Bergin for a class on basic Bonsai Care. Dan will have plants from his own collection to sell. Free
A Mystical Evening in the Garden II–A ‘Pre’ Summer Solstice
June 14th,Thursday, 6-10 pm.
Come join local Metaphysical Practitioners for a magical evening in our gardens surrounded by fragrant flowers, plants, & our lovely gift shop for Readings, Healings & more . Tap into your intuitive side by having Angel Card Readings, Spirit Art Portraits, Fairy Card Readings, Tea Leaf Readings, Reiki Healing, Shamanic Healing, Animal Totem Card Reading & Chair Massage!
You must call the garden center at 973-838-0174 to book your appointments. Click here for more details.
Getting to Know Butterflies
June 16th Saturday 2 pm
With educator Carol Gurney. We need to preserve and help restore areas in our own gardens for these beautiful pollinators. You will learn about our local butterflies so you can include plants in your garden that they need for food. This workshop will include building a butterfly cage, and information on food plants for the caterpillars and nectaring plants for the adult butterfly. Go home with an appropriate plant too! $15
Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes!
Sunday June 17th 10 am
Take this Father’s Day class for your father’s day present, or take dad with you! Many of you have asked for this, Allison Hosford is coming to talk only about tomatoes today. Bring lots of questions. She’ll be covering varieties, fertilizing, and of course pest and disease issues. Free
Watercolor 101 Workshop
Friday July 20th, 10 am-12 pm
With Allison Hosford. Take about 2 hours and relax with watercolors in the garden. If you’ve ever wanted to try watercolors, or are feeling rusty, this is a great introduction. Allison will provide supplies for the cost of $10 if you need them. Cost is $30 without supplies. The class is limited, so don’t wait until the last minute to register!
October 20th Saturday, 1 pm
Create a beautiful fall centerpiece that will last for many weeks, from a pumpkin and live succulents. It requires no care and will look gorgeous on your thanksgiving table! Bring a glue gun (and glue) if you have them. $26. Deposit required
Making a Holiday Wreath
November 10th, Saturday 1 pm & 3:30 pm
November 13th, Tuesday 6:30pm
November 19th, Monday 1pm
November 23rd, Friday 11 am
December 3rd, Monday 6:30 pm
Build a gorgeous wreath from scratch made from balsam, cedar, arborvitae and other mixed evergreens. Bring pruners if you have them. $30. Deposit required. Call to book private classes early!
Making Holiday Porch Pots
November 23rd Friday 2 pm / November 26th, Monday 6:30 pm
Create lush and festive holiday container arrangements for your front door or a similar area. These are large and appropriate to drop into your permanent planters. Basic materials provided, decorations extra. 2-3’ tall. $32. Deposit required
December 15, Saturday 11am
Create your own evergreen centerpiece for Christmas Dinner or holiday parties with fresh evergreens, flowers, pine cones and more. $28 Deposit Required