2018 Seminar Details
Seminars usually take place the first and third Saturday of each month 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 unless noted seminars are free, unless noted, but pre-registration is strongly advised.Limit of 50 people per seminar
May 19 - June 10
RHODODENDRONS AND AZALEAS WEEKS
Come see these gorgeous plants in bloom in the gardens and in the retail area. There are now many cultivars of rhododendron and azalea available for our northern climate.
HONEY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Join us June 2nd for the Honey Blossom Festival from 10am-4pm. Enjoy a sweet walk through our apple and pear orchard which will be at the end of their blossoms! There will be talks on raising bees, our most important pollinators, and vendors who will be offering their beeswax and honey creations. Bring the kids so they can be amazed at a glass enclosed bee hive where you can watch the bees at work.
FLORAL ARRANGING SEMINAR
This is one of our most popular seminars. After a short discussion of some basic principles used in arranging, we will let you create your own masterpieces. We will provide all the materials. You provide the artistry. If you have pruning shears, gloves, etc. please bring them along.
This is our annual celebration of the year's longest day. We have to hold it on a Saturday as we are hoping you will party with us till the wee hours. Follow us on Facebook to learn who will be playing the music. Our large firepit and swedish torches will provide a stunning nighttime light display. Bring shoes for dancing.
June 23 - July 8
At dawn each day roses are gathered from around the nursery to put on display on our famous stone table. You will be able to see and smell each of the labelled blooms. Picking your favourite is not easy, but certainly an enjoyable and unique experience.
GROWING HARDY ROSES SEMINAR
The roses we grow are tough, dependable and carefree. Join us to discover the best ways to plant, maintain and prune these wonderful plants. No other plant offers such a long flowering season and such a rich rainbow of colours and fragrances.
GROWING DAYLILIES SEMINAR
Daylilies are some of our most beautiful and useful perennials. Find out how best to grow these and which ones flower at which times.
July 21 - August 19
Few plants are as enticing as the daylily. They come in nearly every colour and size. Our stone table will have plenty of examples of these easy-to-grow perennials and our staff can offer advice on how best to grow and maintain them.
LATE SUMMER SHRUBS & PERENNIALS SEMINAR
Many gardens lose colour at the end of the summer. We can show you shrubs and perennials that can insure your garden will never become drab.
August 18 - August 19
ARTISTS IN THE GARDEN
One of our most popular events.The highest quality juried artists and craftsmen from across the Maritimes will have their work on display for sale, surrounded by the colours, textures and fragrances of the gardens. Work will include pottery, jewelry, woodwork, sculpture, painting, textiles and more.
BUILDING WITH STONE SEMINAR
If you want to create a walkway, patio or wall with natural stone here is your chance to learn the guiding principles of construction given by an instructor with over 30 years experience. This seminar will run from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm with an option for lunch. Cost is $30 plus tax for the seminar, $40 plus tax with a lunch included.
BUILDING HEALTHY SOILS SEMINAR
Healthy productive soils are the foundation of any garden. We will discuss all the factors that go into creating a soil that will grow plants to their potential without the use of chemical fertilizers. Learn about the benefits of compost, proper acidity levels and organic sources of nutrients.
MAKING HARD CIDER SEMINAR
Learn from an experienced cider maker what is required to produce a first class hard cider. You will learn about the process of choosing apple cultivars to achieve balance, picking, after ripening, fermentation and bottling. Caution-It might make you thirsty.
September 29 & September 30
Our annual celebration of the fall harvest. There will be informational seminars on growing fruits and making wine. The air will be filled with live music and the enticing scents of a barbeque and a wine and beer garden. There will be apple pressing, orchard tours and much more.
Grapes are easy to grow if all conditions are right. Find out how to best grow these vines and the techniques of pruning used to produce high quality fruit.