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.
The pandemic created a booming interest in home gardening—from ‘Victory Gardens’ to growing vegetables in pots on rooftops. In our area, fenced vegetable gardens and raised beds cropped up everywhere last year. It looks like the trend will continue and this talk will offer a little help to those who are trying for the first time or just want a refresher in seed starting. Growing your own is economical way to fill garden space and enjoy a much wider variety of plants than you could find in any nursery.
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?
Saturday, June 19, 4:00pm
A virtual lecture with Ron and Jennifer Kujawski. This father-daughter dynamic duo co-authored the Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook, published by Storey Publishing. Details to be announced soon
Additional lecture topics and dates will be announced soon.