Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel the 2020 Hidden Gardens Event. For 2021, we are planning an alternative version of this event with an online Garden Lecture Series from March through September, and an in-person garden tour of private gardens in our area to take place in late summer on Saturday, August 28. Other details and events are still in development, so stay tuned for more information as the garden season approaches.
Hidden Gardens 2021 Lecture Series presents:
“Why Start Plants From Seed?” A Virtual Talk by Mary Ann Iaccino
Sunday, March 21 at 1:00pm via Zoom
Mary Ann Iaccino has been in the education field as a high school biology teacher, a museum educator, and as an adult education instructor. She started as a Master Gardener Volunteer in the 1990s when she lived in Dutchess County. After moving back home to the Hudson area in 2005, she joined the Master Gardener Volunteers of Columbia-Greene counties participating in presenting programs and workshops.
This lecture covered getting a handle on where to start and pin down the information found on seed packets and in catalogs. It will also investigate how to meet environmental conditions that are needed for seed germination at home and go through the process of starting seeds to transplanting strong seedlings into the garden.
The Art of Growing Food: A Virtual Lecture with Ellen Ecker Ogden
Saturday, May 1, 4:00pm
As co-founder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog, you will learn Ellen’s six steps to successful kitchen garden design based on her years as an artist, a gardener, and a cook. In this lecture Ellen delivers fresh ideas to show you how to bring art and whimsy to the kitchen garden, while also maintaining productivity and easy maintenance.
Vegetable Garden Planted: Now What?: A virtual lecture with Ron and Jennifer Kujawski
Saturday, June 19, 4:00pm
Though planning, preparation, and planting a vegetable garden takes some effort, the work, and rewards, have just begun. This presentation will look at post-planting efforts to sustain the garden and reap the rewards through the growing season. Topics covered include: summer maintenance, pest and disease management strategies, tips on harvesting, planning for a late season harvest, and cover cropping.
Preserving the Bounty of the Garden with Chef Linda Romeo
Saturday, July 24, 10:00am
Registration required. Tickets $10
A live presentation/demonstration in the Spencertown Town Park Pavillion
A professional chef for 35 years, Linda tackles the sometimes overwhelming task of preserving the bounty of the garden for the home gardener/cook. The basics of canning, fermentation and freezing safely while preserving flavor will be discussed and demonstrated.
Registration and further details to be announced.
Putting Your Garden To Bed
Sunday, September 12
A virtual lecture with Donna Peterson.
Details and registration to be announced