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Become a Village Gardener

Become a Village Gardener this summer and learn new skills! This popular program, under the direction of our Garden Coordinator, GardEnfield Shaker Museum Village Gardenersen Assistant and other experts, covers all phases of herb gardening. Soil preparation, garden planning, composting, mulching, propagation and use of herbs, harvesting, and herb crafts will be covered. Each week we gather in the spirit of community to care for the garden, now in its 29th year. There will be discussion on the growth, maintenance and use of the herbs and plants. The program includes special workshops available only to the Village Gardeners based on topics of interest, and discounts on other garden workshops. Each gardener will be enriched with herbal and gardening knowledge which they can then incorporate into their own garden.

The program officially runs from May through October. Each Village Gardener is asked to contribute at least two hours per week to the maintenance of the garden. Village Gardeners meet every Tuesday morning at 9:00 am and/or an additional time on one evening. Gardeners are free to set their own work schedule. The Garden Coordinator, Garden Assistant and other experts will post additional times during the week when they will be working in the garden and available to help and answer questions.

Village Gardeners are encouraged to volunteer at the annual Harvest Festival which takes place the last Saturday in September.

If you are interested in becoming a Village Gardener, please complete the linked form below and return the form via email or mail or call the Museum with questions for more information.

Garden Schedule is as follows:

* Sign up: NOW!
* Kick off and informational meeting: May 15, 2016
* First Tuesday in the garden: May 17, 2016
* Harvest Festival: September 24, 2016
* End of season celebration and potluck: Late October (date to be announced)

There is no charge for this program. Each Gardener is encouraged to become a member of the Museum, although not mandatory.

Village Gardener Form ]

2016 Garden Workshops

Sunday, May 1 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Planning and Planting an Herbal Garden

Starting an herb garden and feel overwhelmed with all the choices? Want to get the biggest bang for your buck? Have limited space? Only have a windowsill? This workshop is for you! Come join our garden experts as they discuss how to plan and plant an herb garden that suits your needs! Both medicinal and culinary herbs will be discussed. For best results, please bring an idea of the space you have to plan a garden. (Try to notice sunlight and shade (hours and strength) and any other important environmental factors of your space.) You will walk away with a confident plan for planting your garden. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $20 per person. $17 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, May 22 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Preparing your Garden!

Composting? Mulching? Fertilizer? What do they all mean? What are the best practices for creating a healthy environment for your garden and new plants? If you have questions about these and more, this is the workshop for you! Come join our garden experts as we discuss the ins and outs of getting your space ready for your new plants. We will discuss soil testing, adding nutrients to the soil, best practices and more. Using the Village Garden as our classroom we will get out and dig/ sift/ add and prepare a bed for planting. Please wear garden appropriate attire and bring along any tools that you use (not the whole shed please) and be ready to get dirty! This workshop is weather dependent. Storm date will be May 29.

Cost: $20 per person. $17 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Thursday, June 16 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Garden Talk

Join retired Museum Herbalist, Happy Griffiths, as she walks through the Shaker Herb Garden and talks about the herbs highlighting those that will be growing. Feel free to bring specific questions to ask.

Free with Museum Admission.

Thursday, July 7 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Garden Talk

Join retired Museum herbalist, Happy Griffiths, as she leads you through the Shaker Herb Garden and highlights the herbs at their best. Feel free to bring specific questions about growing and harvesting herbs.

Free with Museum Admission.

Wednesday, July 20 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Edible Flowers

Learn how to make a beautiful edible flower salad with citrus dressing and use flowers to garnish your summer desserts! This workshop will begin with a short presentation on edible flowers, then we will gather edible flowers from the herb garden, head back to the kitchen in the Great Stone Dwelling and prepare some tasty treats with our harvest. Please bring your favorite pair of garden hand shears and some containers to bring home any leftovers. *Advanced registration required. Please disclose any food allergies when registering.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 8.

To register by July 19: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Thursday, August 4 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Garden Talk

Join retired Museum Herbalist, Happy Griffiths, as she walks through the Shaker Herb Garden and talks about the herbs highlighting those that will be growing. Feel free to bring specific questions to ask.

Free with Museum Admission.

Sunday, August 7 3:00 – 5:30 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Summertime Refreshers

With summer in full swing, temperatures are soaring. What better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing herbal drink or treat? This workshop will explore the Shaker Museum Herb Garden while discussing the history and benefits of using herbs and plants in our diets. After gathering some fresh herbs, we will head back to the kitchen in the Great Stone Dwelling and learn how to make some great summertime treats. Please bring your favorite pair of garden hand shears and some containers to take home any leftovers. *Advanced registration required. Please disclose any food allergies when registering.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 8.

To register by August 6: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Monday, August 22 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Oil and Vinegars

What are the most common cooking staples in any kitchen? Oil and vinegar! In this workshop we will talk about the different common oils and vinegars used in everyday cooking and how we can elevate them by infusing them with fresh herbs for a whole new flavor experience. We will make our own infused oil and vinegar and demonstrate a few recipes using infused oil and vinegars. Each student will leave with at least one oil and one vinegar, recipes and many new ideas! Please bring your favorite pair of garden hand shears and some containers to take home any leftovers. *Advanced registration required. Please disclose any food allergies when registering.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 8.

To register by August 21: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Wednesday, August 31 5:30 – 7: 30 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Harvesting and Preserving Flowers and Herbs

This workshop will start off in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden where we will be discussing best practices for harvesting and preserving flowers and herbs. We will discuss the pros and cons of different techniques and of course practice harvesting plants. We will then go back to the Great Stone Dwelling and prepare our harvest for drying, and further discuss all the possibilities of using dried flowers and herbs. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: $20 per person. $17 members. Class size limited to 15.

To register by August 30: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Thursday, September 1 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Garden Talk

Join retired Museum Herbalist, Happy Griffiths, as she walks through the Shaker Herb Garden and talks about the herbs highlighting those that will be growing. Feel free to bring specific questions to ask.

Free with Museum Admission.

Sunday, September 11 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Garden Tea Party

Afternoon tea is a tradition cherished by many societies around the globe. In this workshop we will spend the first hour discussing planning and planting a tea garden. We will head out the Village Garden to discuss various common herbs used in popular teas, and even harvest a few. The second hour will consist of making our own tea and then enjoy a true tea party including finger sandwiches and other goodies.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 10-12.

To register by September 10: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, October 2 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Herb it Up!

Liven up your table and menus with wonderful condiments and complements prepared from the herbs from your garden. We will harvest fresh herbs from the garden and use these and dried herbs to create an herb butter, dressing, mustard and other common cooking seasonings. We will explore how the use of herbs can elevate simple dishes. Please bring your favorite pair of garden hand shears and extra containers to take home leftovers.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by October 1: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, November 19 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Holiday Herbal Wreath Making

Create a masterpiece from the everlasting flowers and herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden. Each person will take home a finished 16” wreath. Great for decorating your home or as a thoughtful gift. All materials provided, but please bring your own scissors and clippers.

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 6.

To register by November 18: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

 

 


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