Who wants to come play with buckets and buckets of cut flowers? We are so excited to invite you to part 2 of our Cut Flower Growing Workshop Series. Come join Nina Foster of Trillium Finch and friends for a flower filled 4 hour workshop. We will go over harvesting and post harvest care of your cut flowers. Then, we will spend the bulk of our time making magical arrangements that will take your breath away and that you can take home with you. Nina will demonstrate pro techniques for making a loose, flowing and wild arrangement, and will support each participant in making their own lush bouquet. Come and meet like-minded flower friends! This workshop will sell out quickly, and space is limited. We cannot wait to see you! $120 workshop fee includes all materials, flowers, and a light lunch. Please register here.
Join us for the 9th Annual Sweet Potato Slip Sale at our greenhouses. This event is a fundraiser for the Vermont Community Garden Network. They pot up thousands of sweet potato slips, then we take care of them until the sale by which time they have roots and are ready to get transplanted into the warm soil in your garden. Some of our customers have reported growing sweet potatoes as big as footballs!
We will provide you with booklets full of instructions and recipes, plus we'll have samples of yummy sweet potato dishes. You can meet the great people from VCGN and hear about the powerful community work they do bringing gardens to all parts of our state.
Burlap bags for mulching your garden paths will be available also as a fundraiser for VCGN.
Have you always wanted to have a lush, flowery cutting patch? If so, this is the workshop for you! We will be diving in to all the wonderful parts of growing your own cut flowers. The workshop will be led by Nina Foster, a flower obsessed grower with more than 15 years of experience in the flower world.
We will go over all the magical varieties of cutting flowers and herbs that Red Wagon has for you to plant now! We will then move on to the how-to of:
- Prepping beds and pots
- Compost and fertilizers
- Succession planting
- Pinching for more blooms
- Cutting tips
Come meet other flower lovers and join the sustainable flower movement. This is the first part in our cut flower series. Part 2, in August, will be about flower harvesting, post-harvest handling, and arranging. We are so excited to share Nina's experience and passion with you.
About our beloved presenter....
Nina Foster has a life long love for all things flora and fauna. Raised in rural Vermont, she spent much of her time wandering through the picturesque fields, meadows and forests, foraging, gathering and harvesting flowers, weeds, grasses and vine.Nina followed her older sister to Washington State in her twenties. She landed in the stunningly beautiful Skagit Valley where she settled, married and started a family. Wanting to be home with her daughter, here, she began Trillium Finch, a small flower farm and design studio. She grew all of the unique blooms and foliages she loved for her design work and she spent her time selling at farmers markets, delivering to local businesses and collaborating on events.Over the years Nina has trained and worked with some of the floral industries finest, including designers, Amy Merrick, Susan McLeary of Passion Flower, Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo and her dear friend, Erin Benzakein, of Floret. Nina is currently part of ‘Team Floret’ and travels to Washington State to assist at Floret work shops throughout the growing season.In 2011, Nina, her husband, John, their daughter, Lily, and constant companion, Star, the Australian Shepard, relocated back to her home state of Vermont. They reside in Hinesburg where Nina is thrilled to be preparing Trillium Finch’s first Vermont flower patch! You can follow Nina’s journey on Instagram @ninadfoster.
Each year, our friends at the hospital put on a fantastic plant sale for employees and community members. If you are in that neck of the woods on May 24th, check it out and support their innovative nutrition department staff and programs. While you are there, you could take a walk through their beautiful roof top garden and eat in the delicious cafe.
Red Wagon Plants takes its show on the road with the 8th annual New North End Plant Sale! This is a great opportunity to buy our plants without making the trip to Hinesburg. We'll be on site with our plants to answer your gardening questions and help you choose what is right for your garden.
Our plant sale has become a mini-garden festival of sorts with music from DJ Brunch, wood fired pizza from ONE Hearth, bagged compost for sale from Green Mountain Compost, and burlap bags for mulching your garden from Vermont Community Garden Network. Come join the fun!
This event is a fundraiser for the Burlington Area Community Gardens Scholarship fund. Your dollars will help hire interpreters and expand garden plots to assist refugees with growing their own food. You can find more information about BACG here.
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We are excited to offer you a new experience this year. We invite you to our greenhouses to make a spring planter with owner, Julie Rubaud, and have a little happy hour with plants. Julie will give you some tips and pointers on making a planter using cold hardy flowers, herbs, and even vegetables in combinations that work well and can be used all spring. You can choose the type of pot to use, and wander through all of our greenhouses to pick out your plants. Evening time, in the greenhouses in May is just so special and we would like to share that quiet beautiful time with you. The plants just glow at that time of day. We imagine this as a perfect way to spend a couple of hours with a friend or a group of friends, and we are keeping the size small, to just 10 people, so we can have a garden fueled conversation or just enjoy the quiet time with plants and twilight and the company of each other.
Included in registration fee: Materials to successfully make 1 large planter or 2 medium planters. We have an assortment of pots to choose from, but if you prefer to bring your own, please feel free to do so.
Soil, plants, instruction.
Wine, tea, something to nibble.
Hope and beauty.
Please join us for a memorable evening celebrating the start of our 2017 season. Stroll through the greenhouses, take a tour of our production facilities, and enjoy the spring camaraderie of our friendly Red Wagon community.
We'll be serving up herb-themed cocktails with award-winning Caledonia Spirits' gin, and Tom Cat Reserve (cash bar). Farmers and Foragers Food Truck will be serving some delicious meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients as well as offering beer and wine.
This event is free and open to the public.
Get a burst of spring while winter still blows outside! Our Open House has become a fun tradition giving us a chance to say hello to our friends and customers we have not seen all winter. We welcome you to come wander our warm, sunny Hinesburg greenhouses and take home some early season, cold-hardy plants, ready-to-eat salad greens, herbs to brighten your mud season, and house plants to add greenery to your home.
At 12:00 PM, join Julie for a tour of the greenhouses and learn about new varieties for 2017.
And, for one day only, we will have a one day only sale on gift cards. Buy $100 on a gift card, and we will add $10 as a bonus. It is a great way to save on plants all season long.
We look forward to seeing you for a sneak peek at spring!
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Hosted by the Vermont Community Garden Network, the 7th Annual Burlington Seed Swap is a free community event which celebrates spring and the coming growing season. The Seed Swap aims to bring gardeners together to share seeds, garden know-how and to celebrate community. More info on the general Seed Swap event can be found on the Vermont Community Garden Network website.
From 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Julie Rubaud, owner of Red Wagon Plants will be presenting on how to garden in small spaces and containers. In this workshop, Julie will discuss ways to maximize gardening pleasure and increase the yield of harvests in small spaces including container gardens, windowsill herbs, and raised beds. Please join Julie in this fun and easy-going workshop that is a great addition to an activity-filled day.
The Seed Swap and workshop are located at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington at 235 College Street. For directions, click here