We are excited to welcome JoAnne Dennee to our 2018 workshop schedule. JoAnne loves to infuse the beauty, flavor, and wonder of herbs and flowers into everyday art and nourishment. In this family friendly workshop you will apply plant impressions onto paper to make your own plant adorned and scented stationary while sipping and savoring the refreshing health of herbal infused waters. Then make your own herbal water recipe to take home along with an artistic remembrance of the flowers that give so generously to us. Cost: $25 for adults, and children are free (when accompanied by an adult). Please bring your own pint or quart sized mason jar with lid. Families pay $20 each; individuals pay $15 each.
Join us for the 10th Annual Sweet Potato Slip Sale at our greenhouses. This event is a fundraiser for the Vermont Community Garden Network. Their volunteers 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.
Learn all about the right plants to grow in a planter for a shady nook. We will have lots of plants for your selection, nice pots to choose from and some snacks and beverages to make your time at the greenhouses fun and productive.
We will encourage you to branch out and use perennials, annuals, foliage plants, and even edible plants as part of your unique creation. Shade planters can bring a porch to life or add a little sparkle to that dark corner in your yard.
The greenhouses after hours are a magical place to be. All is quiet, cows are grazing in the distance, and we have wonderful views on our special hidden patio. Bring a friend or two and make this a special evening.
We will supply snacks, drinks, pots, plants, soil, and instruction.
Back by popular demand!
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 22th, 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.
Find our friends at the Colchester Avenue entrance near the Harvest Cafe at the main UVM Medical Center building in Burlington.
Red Wagon Plants takes its show on the road with the 9th 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, a food truck, 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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Come to our greenhouses to make a potted herb garden for your deck or patio. Julie Rubaud, Red Wagon owner and herb loving home cook, will give you some tips and pointers on growing herbs in combinations that work well and can be used all season. You can choose the types of herbs you want and we can help you make a custom arrangement of potted herbs that will last you well into fall. Some may even be brought inside over the winter. We will make sure that you have success with whatever plants you choose.
Evening time in May is just so special at the greenhouses and we love to share that quiet beautiful time with you. The plants just glow and the new growth all around is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. It's 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. You will take home 5 potted herbs, in the right sized pots and custom designed to your cooking and preferences.
Included in registration fee: Materials to successfully make a potted herb garden with 5 types of herbs. We have an assortment of pots to choose from, but if you prefer to bring your own, please feel free to do so. We will help you match each herb to the right size and type of pot. Light refreshments provided.
Come to our greenhouses to make a spring planter with owner, Julie Rubaud and Red Wagon staff, and have a little happy hour with plants and friends. We 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 May is just so special at the greenhouses and we would like to share that quiet beautiful time with you. The plants just glow and the new growth all around is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. It's 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. We have an assortment of pots to choose from, but if you prefer to bring your own, please feel free to do so. Light refreshments provided.
You can read about our Make and Take Tuesday from last year here.
What do you like to eat? How much space do you have? Are you freezing or canning or dehydrating? These are the questions we ask when helping customers choose tomato plants.
In this Garden Talk Session, we will dig deep into our tomato plant list. You will learn about our 70+ tomato varieties and which are best suited to your garden. We will also go over proper planting technique, pruning, trellising, and disease prevention. Our wall of tomato plants can be a little intimidating at times, and it really helps to have some knowledge about specific varieties to choose the right ones for your garden and household.
We will provide a light lunch and a handout.
Join us for a special evening to kick off the 2018 growing season. We will have our friends from Caledonia Spirits mixing up their special cocktails, and Farmers and Foragers food truck and beverage bar. The event is free to the public but it is a cash bar.
Wander through the greenhouses, check out all the new plants and projects we have taken on over the winter. We cannot wait to see you and welcome in another season with all of our friends, neighbors and customers.
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 2018.
And, for one day only, we will have a sale on gift cards. For every $150 purchased on a gift card, we will add $10 as a thank you bonus.
We look forward to seeing you for a sneak peek at spring!
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