Vermont Show Houses Gardens


Listings of showhouses and showhouse garden locations in Vermont towns, cities and counties

Historical Information:
2009-2010 SCHEDULE

Vermont Showhouses and Garden events
Vermont Home tour videos
http://www.vthometours.com/

2009 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
May 16: Pruning for the Home Landscape
Pruning is an art; the difference between a plant that has been cut, hacked, shortened and one that has been pruned for its pleasing contribution to the landscape or garden. A classroom discussion of styles, techniques, and do's and don'ts will be followed by a pruning demonstration on nursery stock and an overview of pruning as an element of design on the Morrill Homestead grounds. Led by Michael Dathe, horticulturist& designer with 35 years experience in his informal/natural New England style. Admission: $10.00 Rain or Shine. 10:00 - 11:30 AM. Where: Justin Morrill State Historic Site, Strafford directions Contact: (802) 765-4484

July 19: "Barn To Be Wild"
In the 19th century it took someone with courage and gallantry to have eight pink barns in the Vermont rural landscape. Spend an afternoon learning about the unique functions of Justin Morrill's Homestead and the agricultural heritage of Vermont barns. View a barn theme art exhibition, tour the historic grounds, hike the nature trail and make ice cream the old fashioned way. $8.00 Rain or shine. 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Lecture at 2:00 PM by Nancy Boone, Acting State Historic Preservation Officer Where: Justin Morrill State Historic Site, Strafford directions Contact: (802) 765-4484
Eva discovered Peter King who has been building tiny houses for years in the state of Vermont and did a cool video tour of a couple of his tiny houses. http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/vermont-tiny-houses/
Book on Show Houses
Decorator Show Houses: Tour 250 Designer Rooms by Tina Skinner (Author), Melissa Cardona (Author), Nancy Ottino (Author)

Vermont Garden Events 2009
January
17
The Gardening Quiz Book, Dr. Norman Pellett, 10am Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 656-2630
22
Three Botanical Adventures, 7pm, Montpelier, Hardy Plant Club 802-888-5559
24
Go Green with Savvy Succulents, 9:30am, Burlington, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
30
Line, Form, Texture; Keith Wagner, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630

February
7
Historic Gardens restoration, Greatwood Gardens, Layne Tharp, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
13
Ball Horticulture and the World Seed Industry, Jim Nau, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
14
Listening to Stone, Montpelier, 1pm, Hardy Plant Club 802-888-5559
14
Seedstarting 101, 9am, David Boucher, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
20
The Royal Botanic Gardens of Canada, Ann Milovsoroff, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
21
Hot New Seed Varieties, 9:30am, Jay Leshinsky, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
27
Cottage Gardening, Kerry Mendez, 6pm, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
27
Gardening Trends, Kathy LaLiberte, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
28
Perennial Primer, 9:30am, Kerry Mendez, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
28
Plant Collector's Corner, 12pm, Kerry Mendez, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505

March
5
A Lifetime of Rhododendrons, David Lewis, 7pm, Montpelier, Hardy Plant Club 802-888-5559
6
Breeding and Propagation of Specialty Perennials, Sinclair Adam Jr, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
6-8
Vermont Flower show, Champlain Expo Center (Essex Jct, VT) 425-5117
14
Soil 101, 9:30am, Mike Ather, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
19
Health and the Hive, Beekeeping, Todd Hardie, 6pm, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
20
Global and HiTech Flower Production, Chris Schlegel, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
21
Getting the Most from your Vegetable Garden, 9:30am, Charlie Nardozzi, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
21
Planning and Growing for Cooking, 12noon, Kirk Fiore and Abbey Duke, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
21-22
Waterbury Home and Garden Show, 9am start, Crossett Brook Middle School, Duxbury, 244-7373
27
Fine Paintings as Inspiration for Garden Design, Gordon Hayward, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
28
Crabapple Pruning Workday, 9am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
28
The Healing Landscape, Rachel Boyer, 10am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
28
What's Eating Your Garden, 9:30am, Lisa Yankowski, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505

April
3
Climate Change and Crops in the Northeast, David Wolfe, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
4
Wise on Weeds, 9:30am, Sharon Plumb, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
10
Perennial Garden Design, Stephanie Cohen, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
11
New England Wildflower Soc. symposium 'Design Inspirations' (Randolph), 9am, tkhewitt@aol.com
11
Designing Perennial Gardens, 9am, Stephanie Cohen, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
18
Creating a Backyard Habitat, 9:30am, Charlotte Albers, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
19
Lilac Pruning Workday, 8am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
24
Green Secrets for Better Yards with Trees and Shrubs, Penelope O'Sullivan, 3pm Stafford Hall, UVM PSS seminar series, 656-2630
24-25
Great Gardens Symposium, Mirror Lake Inn, (Lake Placid, NY), pyours@nycap.rr.com
25
Prepping Your Beds for Seedlings, 9:30am, David Boucher, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
25
Lilac Pruning Workday, 8am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
25
Perennial garden workday, 9am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
30
Get Wise on Weeds presenter workshop, 6pm Nature Conservancy, Montpelier 802-229-4425

May
2
Daffodil Days (Leonard Perry open gardens for charity), Milton, 893-4388 x224
2
GreenUp Day in Vermont, www.greenupvermont.org
2
Organic Lawn Care, 9:30am, Charlie Nardozzi, Gardener's Supply, 660-3505
3
Lilac novice workshop, 9am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
9
Grow Team One Plant Sale, 9-4, Roosevelt Park, Burlington, 598-3139
9
Perennial garden maintenance, 9am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
12
Spring Woodland Delights, Phil Cook, Underhill, 5pm, Hardy Plant Club 888-5559
16
Annual Bloomtime Festival, 10am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
17
Lilac Sunday, talks and tours and exhibits, Shelburne Museum, 985-3346
19
Lilac Pruning Workday, 8am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
21
Lilac walk and talk, 5:30pm, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
30
Rock Garden Day, The Fells, Newbury, NH 603-763 4789

June
2
Lilac walk and talk, 5:30pm, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
3
Rhododendron walk and talk, 6pm, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
6
Get Wise on Weeds workshop, 1pm, Montshire Museum, Norwich, 649-2200
3
Rhododendron walk and talk, 6pm, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
13
Peony Pointers, Dr. Leonard Perry, 11am, Fort Ticonderoga NY 518 585-2821
13
Get Wise on Weeds workshop, Hildene, Manchester, 802-362-1788
14
Garden Party and Peony display, 6pm, Hildene, Manchester, reservations 362-1788
17
Ladyslipper Workshop, Morrisville, 5:30pm, Hardy Plant Club 888-5559
19
Gardening for Fun, North Hill Symposium, West Dover
26-28
Stowe Garden Festival, Stowe vicinity, 244-7138

July
19
Flynn Gardens tour, Champlain islands, 10-4, Flynn Theater 652-4533
19
Lake Willoughby Gardens, Lake Willoughby, 1pm, Hardy Plant Club 802-888-5559
26
Plant Sale, 10am, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
27
Montreal Gardens and Biodome tour, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073
August
8
Mountain Hideaways home and garden tour, Wardsboro, 896-3416
23
Third annual corn roast and veggie ball, Burlington, Friends of Burlington Gardens, 802-861-4769

September
5,6
Puppets in Paradise (Hayward open gardens), Putney, 387-4766
TBA
Montreal Botanic Gardens and lanterns tour, Hort. Research Center, So. Burlington, 864-3073

October
23-25
Gardening shortcourse, Kerry Mendez and Leonard Perry, Sagamore, Lake George,.pyours@nycap.rr.com

Vermont Gardens
Equinox Valley Nursery: Historic Route 7A, Manchester, VT (802)362-2610. This retail nursery and landscaping business offers a tropical conservatory and display gardens.

Greatwood Gardens
Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667 (802)454-8311. The college is situated on the former Greatwood Farms Estate which included professionally landscaped gardens.

Gardens at Hildene
Historic Route 7A, P.O. Box 377, Manchester, VT 05254 (802) 362-1788. Abraham Lincoln's oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, built this Georgian Revival manor house overlooking the Battenkill Valley. The formal gardens, designed by his daughter Jessie Lincoln Beckwith, replicate a stained glass Gothic cathedral window with privet hedges and peonies, roses, lilies and other flowers. Period cutting and kitchen gardens have also been restored at the site.

Little Siberia Perennials
966 Maston Hill Road, Granville, VT 05747 (802)767-3391. Located in the mountains at 1600 feet elevation, Zone 3 and 4 hardy perennials, heathers, shrubs, and roses are displayed in over 20 gardens at our retail nursery. Stroll through islands of color set against one of Vermont’s most dramatic backdrops.

Park McCullough House
Corner Park & West Streets, P.O. Box 388, North Bennington, VT 05257 (802)442-5441. This French Empire style mansion, home to two of Vermont's Governors, offers beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds.

Rocky Dale Gardens
62 Rocky Dale Road, Bristol, VT 05443 (802)453-2782. This retail nursery, situated in a vale amidst rock ledges, offers display gardens with common and unusual trees and plants. See our Photo Feature of their evergreens

Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 (802)985-8686. This 1886 model agricultural estate, now an environmental education center, was created by William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb with architect Robert H. Robertson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The naturalistically landscaped grounds, optimizing vistas of Lake Champlain, include a garden at the magnificent house and a market garden. Be sure to visit the amazing barn

Shelburne Museum
Route 7, Shelburne, VT 05482 (802)985-3346. Founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb, a collector of every kind of Americana from circus figurines to buildings to a paddlewheel steamer, this wonderful 45 acre museum features over 35 historic buildings placed in a park-like setting designed by Umberto Innocenti. Gardens include the Apothecary Herb Garden (medicinal herbs), the Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery Garden (culinary herbs and plants for dyes), the Electra Bostwick Memorial Garden (annuals, perennials and roses arranged like an artist's palette), the Pleissner Gallery Garden, and collections of lilacs (400 bushes of 90 varieties) and crabapples (200 trees)

University of Vermont Horticultural Research Center
Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, VT (802)658-9166 (Manager) or (802)864-3073 (Friends). The 97 acre "Hort. Farm" displays 700 kinds of ornamental trees and shrubs, many of them uncommon or unique. Special collections include apples, crabapples (210 specimens of 135 varieties), lilacs (90 varieties), junipers (60 varieties), and a labelled perennial display border

Vermont Community Botanical Garden
Corner of Dorset and Swift Streets, South Burlington, VT. Still a gleam in its creators' eyes (The National Gardening Association), this proposed botanical garden now has an office in an historic estate at a proposed site and is beginning fund raising. It will eventually offer formal gardens, a winter garden, a natural amphitheater, a gazebo, a butterfly garden, a children's garden, a maze, a secret garden, a wildlife garden, an arboretum, herbs, a dwarf variety orchard, and an ethnic heritage garden

Vermont Wildflower Farm
4750 Shelburne Road (Route 7 at Ferry Road), Charlotte , VT 05445 (802)425-3641. This wildflower seed company's headquarters offers paths with signs through two flower fields and a woodland with a brook and pond

Botanical Gardens in New Hampshire's Great North Woods
The beautiful gardens at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, in Dixville Notch, are a world unto itself. Almost 35,000 plants and flowers turn the resort into a picturesque oasis nestled into the state's White Mountains. You can walk around the five major garden areas on your own or take a walking tour (in the summers only)

Botanical Gardens in New Hampshire's Seacoast Area
Located in Brentwood, New Hampshire, the Rockingham County Botanical Gardens are a part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. The Rockingham County Botanical Gardens specialize in local flora and are open to the pubic only on Thursdays from April-mid-October

Botanical Gardens in Northern Vermont
The University of Vermont's Waterfront Park area is a cooperative effort on the part of Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation and the University of Vermont. The park's gardens feature several garden beds containing perennial flowers as well as annual flowers. The gardens at the University of Vermont's Waterfront Park are an official display garden of the All America Selections program

The Vermont Botanical Gardens in South Burlington
Home to a winter garden, a natural amphitheater, a gazebo, a children's garden, a maze, a “secret” garden, a butterfly garden, a wildlife garden, an arboretum, a dwarf variety orchard, an ethnic heritage garden, and some herbs

Central Vermont's Experimental Cold-Hardy Cactus Garden
Located on Halladay Road in Middlebury, Vermont, is the Vermont Experimental Cold-Hardy Cactus Garden, a non-profit botanical garden specializing in cactus and other succulents, such as opunitas, euphorbias, yuccas, agaves, and sedum. The garden is open to the public, but as it is on a private residence, one should call in advance before visiting

Last updated: 07/26/14


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