The Franklin Garden Club added a new feature to this year’s ticket table at the Franklin Farmers Market. The Kid’s Corner offered young people the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn about gardening with a display of different types of soil and mulch. Local products such as Enviro Energy grass pellets and biochar were included in the display. Each participant started their own garden by planting seeds in handmade newspaper biodegradable pots. Some of the kids also learned how to make the pots.
Franklin Garden Tour, Sunday June 28th 11am – 4pm
The Franklin Garden Club invites you to tour Franklin area gardens, featuring unusual perennials, espaliers, impressive stonework, a terraced alpine garden and other landscape features in village and country gardens. Tickets are $10 per person. On the day of the tour, maps may be purchased at the Franklin Farmers Market from 10:30am until 1pm. After 1pm purchase your maps at the Hall/Cohen garden at the corner of Center and Maple streets in Franklin.
Box lunches at $10 catered by The Tulip And The Rose restaurant in Franklin may be reserved by June 26 by calling the restaurant at 607-829-4040 or by emailing TheTulipAndTheRose@gmail.com, specifying a vegetarian or meat lunch. Lunches are to be picked up and paid for on the day of the tour at The Tulip And The Rose, on Main Street between Maple and Water streets.
Also at the Farmer’s Market on June 28th, the Franklin Garden Club is offering a special Kid’s Corner. Children will be offered the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn about gardening with a display of different types of soil and mulch. They may also start a garden by planting seeds in handmade biodegradable pots.
By Bob Miller
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Again this year, in late winter and throughout the spring, the Franklin Garden Club is sponsoring a series of lectures of interest to local gardeners. The lectures are held on selected Saturday afternoons at the Franklin Railroad & Community Museum, starting at 3 pm. They are free and open to the public, with donations suggested. Light refreshments follow each lecture, with a chance to talk with the speaker and other gardeners.
The Franklin Railroad and Community Museum, at 572 Main Street in Franklin, is the large building behind the National Bank of Delaware County. The entrance is between the bank exit drive and the Town Clerk building. There is ample parking.
The series begins on February 22, when Don Statham presents “The New Perennial Movement,” tracing this international movement from its founder, William Robinson, through the Arts & Crafts Movement in England with Jekyll, Johnson, and Sackville-West; to continental Europe and America with the contributions of Karl Foerster, Mien Ruys, and Oehme Van Sweden; and finally to the present day innovators Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart Smith, Sarah Price, and James Golden. Statham has worked as a garden designer here in the U.S. and in Scotland for 20 years, and has written a garden column for Kaatskill Life magazine since 2005. He also writes at DonStathamBlog.com, often featuring his Totem Farm Garden which is located in East Meredith.
On March 8, Kathy Purdy speaks on “Colchicums: Autumn’s Best-Kept Secret.” Purdy has been gardening in the cold climate of upstate New York for over 25 years. A garden writer whose work has appeared in several regional and national magazines, she wrote the definitive article on colchicums for American Gardening magazine in 2007. An early pioneer of garden blogs, Purdy started ColdClimateGardening.com in 2002. She is also a self-proclaimed colchicum evangelist, having converted more than one local gardener into “colchicophiles.”
Sondra Freckelton’s lecture “Art and Garden Design” on March 22, brings together her acclaimed accomplishments in both fields. Freckelton studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has had solo exhibits at major galleries in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, and her works have been exhibited at many museums, galleries, and traveling shows throughout the United States. Her extensive garden bordering Ouleout Creek in North Franklin has been featured on many garden tours over the years.
On April 12, Diana Hall offers “Inspiration in the Spring Gardens of England and France.” Hall has a jewel of a town garden in Franklin that has been included on several garden tours. Her Botanical Treasures shop in the village features beautiful plant containers and garden ornamentation. She will share photographs from her May 2013 tour of renowned gardens such as Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.
On April 26 Deirdre Larkin presents “Herbs Into Weeds: Medieval Medicinals Naturalized in New York State.” Larkin is a horticulturist and plant historian with a special interest in medicinal herbs and medieval pharmacology. She was associated for some twenty years with the gardens of The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was the creator and principal contributor to The Medieval Garden Enclosed, a blog on the Museum website devoted to the plants and gardens of the Middle Ages. She has recently left her position as Managing Horticulturist at The Cloisters to live and garden in Bovina.
Steve Whitesell discusses “Bulbs for the Longest Possible Bloom Season” on May 17. A landscape architect for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Whitesell has BFA and BLA degrees in landscape architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in the history of decorative arts, with an emphasis on garden history, from Bard College. He lives and gardens in Schoharie County.
The final lecture in the series, on May 31, is “Fall and Winter Interest in the Garden,” by Mel Bellar. Bellar is a landscape designer and owner of Zone4 Landscapes, as well as a member of the Common Ground Garden Club. A regular garden club speaker, Bellar lives and gardens in Andes.
Noted horticulturist Steve Whitesell will deliver the sixth and final lecture in the spring series sponsored by the Franklin Garden Club, to be followed the next day by a tour of Franklin gardens.
On Saturday, June 22, from 7 to 9 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Whitesell will discuss “Unusual Woody and Herbaceous Plants for Zone 5 Gardens.” A landscape architect who works for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Whitesell has BFA and BLA degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Arts in Garden History and Landscape Studies from Bard College. He is active in several professional and amateur horticultural groups and has traveled widely in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, visiting exceptional private and public gardens.
Whitesell maintains a small city garden and is developing a larger country garden in Schoharie County. In his talk even the most experienced gardeners are likely to learn of some new or unfamiliar plants adapted for use in upstate New York gardens.
The lecture is open to all and will be followed by an opportunity to meet the speaker and other gardeners over refreshments, including a cheese tray donated by Good Cheap Food of Delhi and cookies and coffee provided by the Franklin Garden Club. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted and shared by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Franklin Garden Club.
On Sunday, June 23, nine gardens in the Franklin area will be open from 11 am to 4 pm. Gardens on view will range from a small backyard oasis of perennials to a hilltop with sweeping views and impressive stonework integrated with sculpture and plantings.
Tickets for the tour are $10 and will be available, with maps and directions, at the Franklin Farmer’s Market on Institute Street beginning at 10:45 am. Participants are encouraged to bring box lunches, which may be enjoyed at the picnic table in the village park on Main Street or at one of the gardens on the tour.