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click to enlarge Mohonk Garden Garden Tours.
  • Michelle Sutton
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Seventh Annual Bellefield Design Lecture
June 2, FDR Historic Site, Hyde Park
William Robinson published The Wild Garden in 1870, presenting sustainable gardening concepts that still resonate today. Rick Darke, this year's Bellefield Design lecturer, recently expanded the edition with a new chapter and his award-winning color photography. The event, presented by the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association and the Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard, includes Darke's talk at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site followed by a garden reception, book signing, and heirloom plant sale at the Garden at Bellefield in Hyde Park.

Country Living Fair
June 7-9, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
The pages of the home-lifestyle magazine Country Living come to life. In addition to cooking, crafting, shopping, antique appraisals, and DIY demonstrations, special guests will offer book signings and panel discussions, including Matt and Ted Lee, authors of Charleston Kitchen; Cari Cucksey, host of HGTV's "Cash & Cari"; Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of the Cooking Channel's "The Fabulous Beekman Boys"; and Carole Murko, creator, host, and executive producer of NPR and PBS shows, "Heirloom Meals." Local guests include Ken Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, and Agnes Devereux, owner of the Village Tearoom in New Paltz. Country Living editor-in-chief Sarah Gray Miller will also host a Q&A with Rachel Newman, who was Country Living's editor-in-chief for 20 years.

Seventh Annual Secret Garden Tour
June 8, Putnam County
"The grass is always greener" will feel all too true during this self-guided driving tour through Putnam County, which will take you to some of the area's plushest private and public gardens, including the 63 acres of alpine, bog, woodland, water, cliff rock, and English-style flower gardens at Cold Spring's Stonecrop Gardens. Boscobel House & Gardens in Garrison will also be open for tours, as well as formal gardens at private homes, where homeowners will guide tours and answer questions about planting and design. Partners with PARC, a charity that benefits children and adults with developmental disabilities, presents the tour.

Cohoes Antiques Appraisal
June 8, Harmony House Marketplace, Cohoes
Do you have an old vase that you think might be valuable? An inherited family trunk that you never use? As part of Cohoes Heritage Days Weekend, local antique dealers Dennis Holzman and Mark Lawson will offer appraisals at Harmony House Marketplace for $5 per item. Even if you find out your antique isn't worth a fortune, your contribution will benefit a good organization: the Friends of the Cohoes Public Library.

HVGA Outing: The Climbery
June 11, The Climbery, Livingston
Barbara Packer settled in her Columbia County weekend home, a 19th-century, Federal-style house overlooking the Roeliff Jansen Kill in Livingston, in 1988. Not long after, she discovered a flower growing in her backyard—a clematis. Now, Packer's garden, The Climbery, is home to a seven-acre clematis garden, and, with 600 varieties, is the second-largest planted clematis collection in the world. The Hudson Valley Garden Association hosts a free tour of Packer's garden, which also features peonies, irises, lilies, and gladiolas.

Mohonk Garden Tour and Luncheon
June 13, Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
The gardens at Mohonk date back to 1869 with the purchase of the property surrounding the Mountain House. Since then, the gardens have been developed in the style of mid-19th-century English landscaping, featuring irregular forms and bold compositions. The gardens, which include a rose garden and Victorian maze, have received national recognition, including the Grand Award for Grounds Maintenance from the Professional Grounds Management Association. Cornell University Cooperative Extension Ulster County's Master Gardener Program hosts tours of the award-winning gardens and greenhouse, followed by a buffet lunch in the West Dining Room and a presentation by master gardener Marie Iannotti.

Flower Arranging Class
June 18, Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, Middletown
Every month, the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County host a "Gathering of Gardeners" program, covering a variety of topics from composting to container gardening to ornamental shrubs. In June, they'll present a flower-arranging class, which includes instruction for bringing elements of your garden indoors. There will be demonstrations and hands-on exercises for cutting, conditioning, arranging, and displaying flowers. Attendees will create a flower arrangement to bring home.

Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party
June 21, The Pink House, Ghent
The home of Renee Iacone and Steve Clearman, owners of Kinderhook Farm, is a Ghent landmark. The 18th-century building is set on a serene property, with vintage barns, gardens, and a duck pond. The Spencertown Academy Arts Center hosts its annual garden cocktail party at the idyllic estate, featuring signature drinks by New York City mixologist Rozen Shrestha. The Academy will cater the affair, which also includes a raffle with special prizes, such as a private concert with singer-songwriter Cathy Grier and a handcrafted locust garden bench by Daniel Amlaw. The next day, Spencertown Academy hosts a lecture by landscape designer Duncan Brine as well as a self-guided Hidden Gardens tour.

Herbal and Compost Teas for Your Garden
June 23, Midsummer Farm, Warwick
There's nothing like a hot cup of tea to soothe what ails you—and that goes for plants, too. Plants absorb nutrients through the pores on their leaves just as humans do through their skin. This workshop will cover the basics of brewing plant teas out of aged manures, compost, and herbs, and applying them by spraying the plant with the nutrient dense liquid fertilizer. The class will also cover preparation 500, also known as cow horn manure—an aging process that's the basis for biodynamic soil fertility.

Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market
July 6-7, Stormville Airport
The Stormville Flea Market started in 1970 with six tables and a handful of vendors. Now in its 42nd year, over 600 vendors will offer merchandise, including antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and jewelry and apparel. Six shows are held per year at the private, abandoned airport in Dutchess County. There will also be food vendors as well as a kid's area offering inflatable slides, bounce houses, and games for a nominal fee. Admission and parking are free.

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