Happy Spring! It might take another week or two to really start to feel that Spring warmth, but Gossett Nursery is gearing up with some great events to help jump start your 2014 growing season. Take a look at the list below to get a taste of the fun and informative gatherings happening each weekend from now till May.
"Live at the Farmers' Market" events sponsored by the nursery. All will take place at noon on Saturdays
- Saturday 3/22: Seed-Starting Class with Melissa: A hands-on workshop where you'll learn to plant up a tray of seeds for transplanting outside when it warms up. A $35 fee covers three packets of seeds of your choice, a seed-starting tray, plant markers, and soil. Kids are welcome, accompanied by a parent.
- Saturday 3/29: "Thinking Spring!" : An informal Q & A session with Melissa focusing on gardening activities in the coming weeks.
- Saturday 4/5: Meet the Lewisboro Garden Club! Come learn about the club's projects and upcoming events!
- Saturday 4/12: "My Pet Chicken"-Fest! Learn about keeping pet backyard chickens from Traci Torres of "My Pet Chicken," an outstanding on-line source of all things chicken--chicks/ pullets; supplies of all kinds; housing; and, best of all, great information. Chicken stories for the kids!
- Saturday 4/19: "Oh, Deer!": A chance to commiserate and swap strategies for managing our white-tailed neighbors. What to plant, what and how to spray, whether to fence…
- Saturday 4/26: Meet the Lewisboro Land Trust Team: Learn about what this wonderful organization is doing in Lewisboro to "link people to the land"
The Lewisboro Land Trust was founded in 1995 to help preserve the rural landscape, biodiversity, water quality, and quality of life in Lewisboro. They have helped preserve over 1,000 acres in Lewisboro.
Their current focus, in response to changing community priorities, is to “link people to the land” and to offer ways to use and enjoy our town preserves for education and recreation.
- Saturday 5/3: "Native Plantings for Birds and Wildlife"-- a talk by Jim Nordgren
- Saturday 5/10: The Annual Lewisboro Garden Club's Mother's Day Fundraiser. Members of the Garden Club will be on hand selling baked goods and assisting nursery customers in choosing annuals and perennials for their spring gardens. A portion of the proceeds from the day's sales goes to the Garden Club.
- Saturday 5/17: Anita Dafonte, garden expert and Regional Manager for Coast of Maine Soils, will talk to us about organic gardening and integrating ornamental plants into veggie gardens. Anita is a frequent speaker at Horticultural shows and events; she lives and gardens on five acres in Newtown, CT .
- Wednesday April 9 at 1 p.m.: Melissa will pay her annual spring visit to the Lewisboro Seniors at their lunch meeting in the South Salem firehouse. She leads a Q & A session, and then she and Jan give each attendee a giftwrapped pansy. A reminder that every Wednesday is Senior Citizens' Day (10% discount) at Gossett Brothers!
- Wednesday evening, April 16th, at 7 p.m. : Anita Dafonte will be on hand at the nursery with a slide show to accompany her talk on organic gardening. Lots of time for Q & A!
I came to gardening through food,” Anita Dafonte says.The daughter of a Greenwich pastry chef, she grew up in the floury realm of cakes and breads, quiches and hors d’oeuvres. As Anita’s cooking skills progressed, it dismayed her to learn that the vegetable varieties she sought for her recipes, the flavor-packed heirloom tomatoes and diversity of peppers, were unavailable. She decided to grow them.
Now an avid gardener who specializes in unique varieties of vegetables, Anita travels the Northeast giving lively and informative demonstrations on how to create a vegetable garden that’s both beautiful and productive. She discusses which varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other vegetables to grow for certain dishes, how to build a rich, organic soil, the tools you’ll need and how to incorporate flowers among your vegetables for color and beauty.
Anita, who lives and gardens on five acres in Newtown, is the Sales Director for Coast of Maine Organic Products. She graduated last fall from the Maine Compost School of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. She was the Sales Manager for many years of Fine Gardening and the former Kitchen Gardening magazines.