Fall Garden festival
Saturday, October 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public - Bring a lawn chair.
Spend an educational and fun-filled day at Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn new techniques that will help you to hone your gardening skills and improve the look and care of your own garden this fall and in the year to come. A variety of garden professional will share their knowledge and tools of the trade with you through workshops, hands-on activities, garden talks and demonstrations.
Meet an exceptional number of plants to light up the shade garden, and our favorite plants for fall color in the mixed border. Learn how to split granite, divide perennials, sharpen your garden tools, propagate tender perennials, save seeds and plant trees, shrubs and perennials for a long season of interest. Experience the art of making ornamental stepping stones and Japanese Flower Arranging.
Ten free garden lectures and demonstration will be conducted throughout the day. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic lunch; we'll provide the drinks.
Schedule of Workshops and Demonstrations
10:00 a.m. Flowers and Foliage for Fabulous Fall Color in the Mixed Border
Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist and co-owner, Tranquil Lake Nursery
Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will offer a diverse selection of plants with “Flowers and Foliage for Fabulous Fall Color in the Mixed Border.” Light up your fall garden by adding some of these stunningly beautiful perennials, shrubs and even a few trees that offer outstanding late flowers, foliage qualities and dramatic appeal in settings ranging from full sun to dense shade. Some of these beauties will reach their peak in autumn, while others are outstanding performers across the garden season. Early fall is an excellent time to plant perennials for beauty this year and continued appeal in years to come.
10:30 a.m. The Art of Splitting Granite for Posts and Garden Features
Jim Bengtson, Stone Artisan, Millbury, MA
Stone artisan Jim Bengtson from Millbury, MA will demonstrate “The Art of Splitting Granite for Posts and Garden Features” at 10:30 a.m. Learn the tools and the techniques for creating your own posts, seats and other garden features from stone. Jim has worked with Warren Leach, garden designer for Tranquil Lake Nursery for more than twenty years and incorporated his stone wall artistry in many gardens from the North Shore of Massachusetts to South Kingston, RI. A few years ago Jim and his sons rebuilt the historic North Garden Wall, made of pudding stone, at Blithewold Mansion & Arboretum in Bristol, RI. (Demonstration begins at 10:30 a.m. and then continues through the morning.)
11:00 a.m. Get Your Tools Ready for Winter: Storage, Cleaning Sharpening & More
Steve Cushman, gardener and nursery friend
Steve Cushman of Rehoboth is an engineer and dedicated gardener and friend of Tranquil Lake Nursery who has spent many summer days exploring the gardens and helping us fix everything from pumps to garden benches. Steve maintains his own gardening equipment keeping them always ready for the task at hand. He will bring the tools and show garden visitors how to clean and care for tools and sharpen equipment in his demonstration “Getting Your Tools Ready for Winter Storage: Cleaning, Sharpening and More."
11:30 a.m. Tool Sharpening Demonstration and Studio
Steve Cushman, gardener and nursery friend
Then Steve Cushman invites you to bring your own garden tools. Watch and learn how to care for your own tools at home. During his “Tool Sharpening Demonstration and Studio” watch and learn how to care for your own tools at home. He will take you through the process of sharpening everything from shovels to pruning shears to lawn mowers. Learn the correct angle for sharpening blades and how to keep your tools sharp and efficient.
12:00 noon Exceptional Plants for the Shady Garden
Suzanne Mahler, gardener, garden lecture and nursery friend, Hanover, MA
Suzanne Mahler, gardener and popular garden lecturer will offer a garden talk on "Exceptional Plants for the Shady Garden”. Suzanne has an impressive garden of her own in Hanover, Massachusetts, filled with daylilies and the many perennials that show them off to best advantage. Over the years, as her garden has matured and trees and shrubs have grown, it has become more shady. Gardening in the shade may offer challenges but also charming opportunities and even protection from the strong rays of the sun. She will discuss unique aspects of shade gardening and suggest an assortment of attractive flowering and foliage plants for garden settings ranging from partial sun to dense shade. She will also suggest planting combinations to enhance colorful flowers and foliage and distinctive texture and offer garden interest from spring through frost.
1:00 p.m. Japanese Flower Arrangement - Large Scale Ikebana Installation Demonstration
Gilbert Moore, nursery friend, gardener and member of the Ikebana Society, Slatersville, RI
Gilbert Moore, a talented gardener and flower arranger from North Smithfield, Rhode Island will share his talents in his demonstration “Japanese Flower Arranging - Large Scale Ikebana Installation Demonstration." Gil will compose a large sculptural arrangement for one of the garden areas in Japanese style. This arrangement will be constructed of large grape vines and trees branches. For many years, Gil has been studying Ikebana, the art of Japanese Flower Arrangement in the Sogetsu School. He will review a few basic principles as he designs and will also share tips for conditioning flowers and foliage picked from the spring garden.
1:30 p.m. Gifts from the Garden: from Seed Savings to Drying and Taking Cuttings to Bring Indoors
Debi Hogan, horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery
Debi Hogan, horticulturist and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery, will use a variety of garden flowers, herbs, grasses, foliage and other collected material in her demonstration "Gifts from the Garden: from Seed Saving to Drying and Taking Cuttings to Bring Indoors.” She’ll show you how to create several quick and easy gifts that will make an ideal for a hostess present, home decoration or children’s activity. Then learn to save seeds and take cuttings for over-wintering annuals and tender perennials indoors. Participants will have the opportunity to take their own cuttings to root at home.
2:00 p.m. Making Ornamental Stepping Stones
Kate Folan, gardener and garden artist, Charlestown, RI
Join Kate Folan as she demonstrates techniques for "Making Ornamental Stepping Stones." Kate gardens in Charlestown, Rhode Island where she makes these attractive garden ornaments from cement using a mold and her own unique design. She will show you how to mix the cement and pour the molds and then offer ideas for creating your own personal designs. Kate will also bring some of her own creative treasures to sell.
2:30 p.m. Dividing Perennials and Preparing the Garden for Winter
Stephen A. Mrozowski (Sam), landscape crew, Tranquil Lake Nursery
Landscape crew member Sam Mrozowski will take you step-by-step through the techniques for "Dividing Perennials and Preparing the Garden for Winter." This is a terrific opportunity to increase the number of plants in your garden while also improving the vigor and bloom of your plants, as you learn how to divide established clumps of Hosta, Iris, daylilies and many other perennials. Then learn some fall gardening practices for good garden hygiene, pest control, culture and long-lasting beauty.. You will learn what to cut back and when, what plants to leave standing for winter interest, mulching and more.
3:00 p.m. Walking Tour of the Gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery with a Focus on Planting Combinations for a Long-Season of Interest through Fall, Winter and Into Early Spring
Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil lake Nursery
Garden color and interest need not fade with the first fall frost and may even persist through winter snows. Enhance this often overlooked garden season by adding perennials, grasses, shrubs and small trees that will add color, texture and structure in your borders throughout the fall and into the winter. Landscape horticulturist and garden designer Warren Leach, will end the day with a “Walking Tour of the Gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery with Focus on Planting Combinations for a Long Season of Interest through Fall, Winter and Into the Early Spring." Over the past twenty eight years, Warren designed and built all the nursery gardens. They were created to offer flowers and foliage that provide interest from early spring through fall and into the winter. During this garden tour Warren will highlight a variety of uncommon and lesser known late season beauties that will spice up your borders adding late-season blooms, fall foliage effect, colorful twigs and attractive fruit to brighten the fall and winter landscape. He will also discuss planting combinations of spring bulbs, perennials, and shrubs that will add color to your garden in the early spring and will offer advice for protecting them from the winter ahead.
Plan to spend the whole day and learn how to get your garden ready for fall and winter. You will also see more that 10 acres of fields of Siberian Iris and Japanese Iris and daylilies. Tranquil Lake Nursery is the largest grower of these plants in the northeast, with more than 2,500 cultivars of daylilies and more than 300 varieties each of Siberian and Japanese Iris.
You will also have the opportunity to wander among the gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery, where you will see a diverse variety of perennials, grasses, shrubs and vines. The gardens include a number of perennial borders, mixed perennial and shrub gardens, an ornamental vegetable garden, a thyme bench, container herb garden, a new entry garden, an ornamental grass garden, a pond-side water garden, a purple garden designed to attract hummingbirds, a bog garden, a dry-scree garden, spectacular container plantings brimming with annuals and perennials, a pool with a water rill, new rain garden and bog water garden. All plants discussed during the day will be available for sale.